Combine a unique mixture of science, technology and creativity to develop innovative audio applications for music making, recording, analysis and reproduction.
Recent advances in digital audio technology have seen an explosion of interest in surround sound for home entertainment and virtual reality, voice recognition and synthesis applications, as well as environmental and architectural acoustics.
This course provides thorough grounding in scientific theory and creative engineering techniques in audio technology, audio analysis and audio programming. It will prepare you for further research or employment in the audio technology and digital creative industries.
You'll be forging connections in the industry right from the start of your course. Throughout their studies, previous students have collaborated with companies such as Google, Abbey Road, AECOM, Music Tribe and many more.
Accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
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You'll study a number of modules designed to help you get to grips with essential topics in audio and music technology. You'll study a total of 120 credits as well as undertaking a research project worth an additional 60 credits.
We take care to ensure our courses are relevant to your future career. Our Professional Development Framework, designed in consultation with expert external advisors, will help to prepare you for industry, research or further study.
Choose 20 credits, either:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Research Project (60 credits)
Alongside practical work, you'll undertake a dissertation as part of your Research Project. For this project you'll produce a novel study on an aspect of the course ranging from the development of a technical audio component or solution through to perception of sound within specific audio technologies.
Throughout the project, you will receive the support and guidance of an academic supervisor. You will also have the opportunity to choose projects in collaboration with industry partners.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£9,730||£23,300|
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All course text books and materials are available in the Library or via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Depending on how you work, you may wish to print off notes and other material. You'll receive a free £15 credit for printing and photocopying when you join the department, but you'll have to pay for any printing beyond this. You may find it beneficial to purchase a set of good quality, professional headphones. These usually cost in the region of £80-120.
Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
We offer some departmental scholarship opportunities for our taught MSc courses.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You'll be introduced to topics through lectures, and then take part in practical lab sessions to develop your skills.
In the lab sessions you could be undertaking a variety of tasks including critical listening, audio programming, creating virtual auditory environments and sound synthesis.
You'll also have the opportunity to undertake studio sessions to get you up to speed on recording, producing, and mixing. You'll get to listen to work you have created in the lab in our fully immersive and interactive audio laboratory.
You will be able to use up-to-date technologies, including several fully-equipped recording studios, a bespoke 50-channel loudspeaker array, a fully anechoic chamber and a newly updated Mac and iOS computer suite. You will also have access to specialist microphones, interactive VR and AR technologies and state-of-the-art acoustic measurement equipment.
We also have dedicated listening spaces for immersive audio environments.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed through course work rather than exams. You'll receive assignments to produce a piece of software, or audio material. These will then be assessed on competency and technical accuracy. Written reports will further support your work.
This course will equip you for a career in various fields within the audio industry. The course has a strong component of acoustic analysis and design using industry-standard tools and practices and readily sets our students up for jobs as acoustic consultants.
You'll also be ready for a career in audio systems engineering. The course deals with the psychoacoustics behind audio technologies and the programming elements will empower you to design and debug audio systems for a wide variety of applications.
Game audio is another area that this course will equip you for. Virtual acoustics and surround sound over loudspeakers and headphones are core to the course and support careers in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and games systems development as well as other interactive audio technologies.
You will also be equipped for a career in audio research and development. During the course you will undertake a unique piece of audio research based around cutting edge audio technologies. This will give you the skills required to thrive in industry in a research and development capacity.
Our students have gone on to successful careers with many leading companies in the audio industry including Abbey Road, Jaguar Land Rover, AECOM, Bowers and Wilkins, Arup, AECOM, Sony, Meridian, DTS, and Dolby.
Many of our students also choose to undertake a PhD after they finish the course and find that this MSc is ideal preparation for further study.
Studying the AMT course has helped to prepare me for working with some of the latest innovations in music technology and to extend my professional network.Hashim, MSc Audio and Music Technology
Programme Manager, Abbey Road Studios
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in Music or Music Technology, or a related technology, mathematics, science, engineering or computing degree where candidates can demonstrate music performance or music production skills. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate industrial experience. As a general rule, we prefer subjects that have a technical element or significant industrial experience. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.0, minimum 5.5 in each component|
|PTE Academic||55, minimum 51 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||169, minimum 162 in each component|
|TOEFL||79, minimum 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing|
|Trinity ISE III||Pass in all components|
|Duolingo||100, minimum 90 in all other components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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