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Electronic and Computer Music MA

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Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Music Studies Electronic Music Music Technology / Production Music Software

Course type


Course Summary


This course focuses on the creative, historical, critical, technical and performative aspects of electronic and computer music, emphasising the many ways in which technology and musical practice influence each other.

A distinctive feature of this course is the balance it strikes between creative practice, technical skills and theory and critical/cultural/historical context in electronic and computer music.

You’ll engage with current thinking and practice in areas including experimental electronic music, sound synthesis, electrical and electronic musical instruments, signal processing, technologically-mediated approaches to composition, live electronic music, interfaces and interactivity, sound spatialisation, electronic music in the museum and more.

You’ll explore the contexts and practice of electronic and computer music, bringing these approaches together through case studies and complete either a practice-led portfolio or a dissertation on an aspect of electronic and computer music of your choice for your major project. You can also pursue an optional module in another area of music such as musicology, music psychology, composition or performance.

Electronic and computer music is a broad and exciting field of research, you’ll learn from an academic team with a strong presence in the international computer music, sonic arts and electronic music research communities.

It’s a great opportunity for musicians, creative professionals, educators, scientists or artists who are interested in the integration of music and technology to collaborate across disciplines in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene. We have a variety of facilities on site to support your learning, including an electronic music studio which hosts a collection of analogue synthesizers, two recording studios, a computer music cluster, rehearsal rooms, performance and practice spaces, music psychology lab, and a large concert hall.

On campus you’ll also find many opportunities for extra-curricular activities in music and performance. We also have good working relationships with Leeds University Union (which runs a range of clubs and performance spaces), and external organisations such as the Science Museum (London), National Science and Media Museum (Bradford), BBC, Leeds International Piano Competition and Opera North.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars and group learning.

However, independent study is vital to this degree, as it allows you to follow your own interests, build your skills and explore your creativity.

You will work on project work and conduct research independently, and our technicians and tutors are on hand to support you if you need it.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Career opportunities

This course will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge and a range of transferable skills in research, analysis, technology and communication, as well as critical awareness.

Beyond these, we also encourage an approach to skills development that is tailored to your individual needs.

You’ll focus on areas that interest you in your project work to gain the knowledge and skills you need to suit your career or research plans.

After an audit of your existing skills, you’ll follow an individual development programme.

We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music boasts an Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.


Electronic and computer music is usually taught from a predominantly practical or technical perspective, with little attention paid to the rich discursive aspects of the discipline. As a central part of the Electronic and Computer Music programme, the purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to engage more fully with electronic and computer music?s historic, social, cultural, aesthetic, philosophical, and/or analytical dimensions. The module has a reading-group format. Students attend weekly seminars in which set texts and works of electronic or computer music are discussed. The range of texts and works aims to provide a balanced overview of historical and contemporary, practice-based and theoretical, critical and analytical work in or relevant to the fields of electronic music and computer music. In seminars, students are encouraged to relate the readings to their own experiences of electronic and computer music.
Electronic and Computer Music Case Studies (30 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in music or music technology, or any arts, science, computing or engineering subject that demonstrates relevant knowledge and technical skills in electronic music/sonic art.

Department profile

The School of Music is one of the largest music departments in the UK and we welcome students from across the world every year. We have over 25 members of staff with a wide range of specialisms and interests, and a rotating cast of instrumental and vocalist teachers. We have All-Steinway status, enriching the experience of our students and attracting performers and academics from across the globe. The University is the Principal Partner...more

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