The MSc in Sound and Music Computing responds to a growing skills shortage in industry for engineers and computer scientists trained specifically in sound and music processing, as digital media become ever more advanced and ubiquitous.
Developed by the acclaimed Centre for Digital Music (C4DM), this programme offers you a broad range of study options in methods of processing, analysis, synthesis and manipulation of musical signals. You will develop the knowledge and skills required for careers in the technical aspects of audio production, sound engineering, broadcasting, intelligent signal processing, computational music analysis, music information retrieval and other areas of sound and music computing. You will acquire an in-depth understanding of data analysis and signal processing techniques related to human speech and hearing, psychoacoustics and masking, and instrument and room acoustics.
The programme includes a year in industry between the taught component and the project.
The MSc is intended for graduates in a related discipline, who wish to hone and enhance their skills, and for industrialists with experience of sound and music computing, seeking formal qualifications. The taught modules are fully supported with computing and laboratory work.
You will graduate with an understanding of how today's audio and music technology works, possessing the potential to become a pioneer in developing future generations of leading edge music technologies.
This programme will:
- Allow you to shape your own programme, by selecting two optional modules per semester to complement the core modules in Sound & Music Computing.
- Give you and understanding of how today’s music and audio technology works, but also help you to become a leader in developing the next generation of sound and music computing technology.
- Give you an understanding of the design and software development process for music recording, analysis and synthesis for home, studio and live performance environments.
Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for companies such as Ableton, Last FM and Mix Genius.
Why study your MSc in Sound & Music Computing at Queen Mary?
Queen Mary has a prestigious history in computing and electronic engineering, we had one of the first Computer Science Departments in the country, and The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science is rated in the top 20 universities in the UK for studying computer science and electronic engineering.
The Centre for Digital Music is a world-leading multidisciplinary research centre in music and audio technology.
- C4DM has over 50 full-time members and since 2001 has become one of the UK's leading Digital Music research groups. Our enthusiasm for our research keeps our teaching exciting and up-to-date.
- We have excellent connections with the music and entertainment industries; many members of the C4DM community are active musicians involved in several different aspects of the music and digital industry network.
- We run regular seminars for internal and external invited speakers in Sound and Music Computing and publish software such as the widely acclaimed open source project Sonic Visualiser.
The industrial placement currently takes place towards the end of the first year for a maximum of 12 months. It is the student’s responsibility to secure their placement, the school will offer guidance and support in finding and securing the placement but the onus is on the student to secure the job and arrange the details of the placement.
Currently if you are not able to secure a placement by the end of your second semester we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience, this change would also be applied to any visa if you were here on a student visa.
The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is currently undertaken between the taught component and the project. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.
If you do not secure a placement you will be transferred onto the 1 year FT programme.
StructureModules in bold are compulsory
(Maximum of 4 modules to be taken)
(Maximum of 4 modules to be taken)
Please note modules are subject to change
You 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.
For international students we require English language qualifications IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 92 (internet based).
Recent graduate destinations include Creative labs, FXpansion, Sonnox, Sonalksis, Intrasonics, EMI, Calrec Audio, Rockstar Games.
MSc FT Sound and Music Computing
H6T8 / MSC