University of York
Music Technology

Postgraduate Study in Music Technology


York hosts a large community of professionally active musicians, engineers with specialist skills in music technology and graduate students. The Music Research Centre is dedicated to providing specialist studio, performance and research facilities, and regularly hosts national and international conferences and music performances. We are actively looking for new researchers and masters graduate students who want to the push boundaries of their discipline, be it composition, engineering or their own unique hybrid of arts and technologies.

Please note that the taught master's course (the original MA/Msc in Music Technology) has been revised and will be taught as an MA within the Department of Music from October 2009. Further details are available on the Department of Music website.

Music Technology Courses at York aim to go beyond normally accepted subject definitions.

We won’t:

We will aim to enable you to:

You can opt to study Music Technology at York in three ways:

taught MA/Diploma Programme

The new Masters and Diploma in Music Technology at York focuses on contemporary professional practice and research in computer music, electronic music, audio engineering and human computer interaction. The course is based in the Music Research Centre and includes both technical and creative modules, along with elements of recording studio techniques and computer audio programming. The programme incorporates the latest research in spatial audio, musical instrument interface design and real-time audio software engineering techniques. We are looking for students with an original and innovative approach to the musical application of digital technology.

The team who teach this course actively work with many professional sound artists, composers, performers and professional organisations.

Further details of the new Masters, Diploma and Certificate in Music Technology can be found at:

MA Research Pathways

We have research pathways which offer candidates one-year full-time (or two years part-time) opportunities to advance their own personal work in Music Technology. The course is supported by tutorials, seminars and one-to-one supervisions, rather a regular lecture structure. For more information, go to

MPhil and PhD

Researchers wishing to conduct doctoral work in Composition or Music Technology, or a mixture of both disciplines may apply for the MPhil/PhD programme. You are also welcome to propose new areas of study. The following links to the web pages of the staff involved in Music Technology here in York will help you in making your proposal.
Ambrose Field, BA(York), PGCE, PhD(City).
Electroacoustic composition and computer music; Music Technology, Music Education.
Tony Myatt, BA, MA, PhD(Keele), Chair, Music Technology Board of Studies
Composition; Music Technology; electroacoustic and computer music.
Dave Malham, MPhil, MAES
Sound spatialisation; Ambisonics; computer and digital audio system design; recording techniques. Please also refer to the Music Research Centre pages for further information on research facilities.

Applying to study Music Technology at York

Music Technology at York is a highly popular and over-subscribed course. The following section is aimed at those applying for the taught course but is recommended reading for all candidates. Please assist the selection panel by providing details about yourself that are as clear as possible. This page will help you design an appropriate statement of interest.

Personal Statement

Your previous experience.
Be sure to list your previous experience in Music Technology related areas clearly. Personal statements which show intentions, such as ‘I will strive to provide the highest quality possible recordings’ or ‘I would like to combine music and technology’ do not provide evidence of such activity upon which your application can be judged. Despite displaying willing, statements such as these do not give the panel any concrete information. Instead, detail your experience that you wish to draw our attention to. Please adopt the format shown in the following examples:

Date Project Role
1999-2002 DSP Design at the ABC corporation Section Leader
 Description:I headed-up a team of 5 software engineers who designed a 3D sound spatialisation system. My role was organisational only.
 Outcome: The DSP code was used by XYZ Games, Germany for their new release.

Date Project Role
1987-2000 Musical Composition Composer
 Description: I created a sound-scape piece using processed sounds, and synthetic timbres.
 Outcome: The soundscape was performed at the Steinhousemur Multimedia Festival, Scotland 2002.

Note how the project examples above give the dates, and a full and accurate description of your own contribution. For music compositions or recordings, please state the outcome (i.e, was your track published or broadcast? If not, put ‘private performance ’’)

The Balance of Music and Technology required on the taught MA/Diploma programme

Candidates often ask us what type of balance of Music and Technology we are looking for. We do not absolutely require you to have a complete set of experience in all the diverse disciplines that this course combines. However, we do require: That you have demonstrated some previous interest Music Technology as an area in itself. Candidates wishing to simply study composition should enrole instead on the Department of Music MA in Composition, or PhD in Composition where you may submit a complete digital music folio. Further details of this course are available from: or

Department of Music
University of York
York Y01 5DD

Tel: (01904) 43 2446
Fax: (01904) 43 2450 E-mail:

How else can I gain entry to Music Technology at York?

Candidates with professional qualifications or a diverse-set of skills are encouraged to apply.

I have been offered a Diploma, but I applied for a Masters ?

We sometimes offer interesting and potentially capable candidates a Diploma Registration with the chance to upgrade if we are not able to interview you in person, or gain enough information from your application pack.

All diploma candidates at York are given the opportunity to upgrade to full MA registration, subject to satisfactory completion of course units. Upgrading normally happens in March during your study year. The course length will change from 9 months to 12 after this. If you have been upgraded, you will leave York with a MA degree.

Diploma candidates follow exactly the same course as the MA students up until the final project. Diploma projects are designed for speedy completion: MA projects will need considerable research to accomplish successfully.

If you need to spend a shorter time with us, then you can register directly for a Diploma.

Will I be called for interview?

Not always: candidates applying from overseas are not normally required to attend an interview in the UK. A thorough personal statement (see above), and evidence of your previous work are required by all candidates. Supply as much material for consideration as possible. We reserve the right to ask any candidate for interview, or to ask that you arrange a video-conferencing session.

Applications without supporting evidence of any previous work in Music Technology will normally be rejected.

Details are subject to continuous review and may change without notice. All items on the Music Technology Group Web pages are copyright, either of the Group, or of the individuals concerned. Please seek our permission before using any of the text, images or sounds contained herein.

All course or other enquires should go to one of the two Departmental contact addresses given above.
This page is administered by Dave Malham. and was last updated on the 1st of April, 2009.

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