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Sound and Music Computing with IE MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Music Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Digital media becomes ever more advanced and ubiquitous. The MSc in Sound and Music Computing responds to a growing need for engineers and computer scientists trained specifically in sound and music processing.

  • Enrich your studies with an 8-12-month industrial placement, working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study
  • Ideal if you are a graduate wishing to hone and enhance your skills, or an industrialist with experience of sound and music computing, seeking formal qualifications
  • Created by the acclaimed Centre for Digital Music (C4DM)
  • Develop the knowledge and skills required for careers in the technical aspects of audio production, sound engineering or broadcasting
  • Understand intelligent signal processing, computational music analysis, music information retrieval and other areas of sound and music computing


The School has excellent bespoke facilities, including:

  • Augmented human interaction (AHI) laboratory
  • Informatics teaching laboratory with 350 state-of-the-art computers
  • Antenna measurement laboratory
  • Listening room
  • Media and arts technology studios
  • Performance lab
  • Robotics laboratory (ARQspace)

Career paths

Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work in roles such as:

  • Senior lecturer
  • Music tutor
  • Start-up founder
  • Maintenance software engineer
  • Software developer
  • Technical solutions engineer.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



The aim of the MSc project is to give students the opportunity to apply to a significant advanced project, the techniques and technologies, that they have learned in their lecture modules. Projects will either be significantly development based, or else have a research focus. All projects will be expected either to investigate or to make use of techniques that are at the leading edge of the field. Candidates will be asked to submit a project report on completion of the allotted project period (3 months full time). This report will be evaluated using the standard criteria for scholarly work. Projects will also include a viva where students will be required to demonstrate and defend their work.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a good Honours degree (first or upper-second class honours) in electronic engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline. Applicants with unrelated degrees will be considered if there is evidence of equivalent industrial experience.