This course combines a unique mixture of science, technology and creativity to develop innovative audio applications for music making, recording, analysis and reproduction. It's perfect if you want to gain high level technical skills which will make you attractive to potential employers.
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. The MSc in Audio and Music Technology is taught by leading experts in audio research.
You will have access to excellent facilities, 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 gain a thorough grounding in scientific theory and creative engineering techniques in audio technology, audio analysis and audio programming. This will prepare you for further research or employment in the audio technology and digital creative industries, working freelance, or setting up your own business.
We have excellent collaborations with industrial partners so you can make the most of their expertise. Students have, in the past, undertaken projects with Google, Abbey Road, AECOM, and Music Tribe, amongst others. You'll be forging industrial connections and experiences right from the start of the course.
You'll study a total of 120 credits spread over the year, as well as undertaking a research project worth an additional 60 credits. The majority of the modules are compulsory.
As a taught MSc student in the Department of Electronic Engineering, you will also gain access to our carefully designed Professional Development Framework which has been developed in consultation with our Departmental External Advisory Board and key contributors from industry, research and academia. The aim of the framework is to equip you to graduate as a more effective, better prepared and well rounded potential employee, ensuring that you will stand out from the crowd.
You will be able to select from either undertaking both:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Alongside practical work, you will undertake a dissertation as part of your Research Project. This will be 6-7,000 words in length and is worth 60 credits. For this project you will produce a novel study on some aspect of the course ranging from a research project, to a study of a technical component or solution. Throughout the project, you will receive the support and guidance of an academic supervisor.
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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
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All course text books and materials are available in the library or via the VLE. Depending on how you work, you may wish to print off notes and other material. You receive a free £15 credit for printing and photocopying when you join the department, but any printing you do beyond this you will have to pay for. You may find it beneficial to purchase a set of good quality, professional headphones. These usually cost in the region of £80-120.
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You will be taught via a mixture of lectures and practicals. The lecture is usually first and will introduce a topic. The practical labs session then follows on from the lecture.
In the labs sessions you could be undertaking a variety of tasks including critical listening, audio programming, creating virtual auditory environments and sound synthesis. You will also have the opportunity to undertake studio sessions to get you up to speed on recording, producing, and mixing. You will 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.
We also have dedicated listening spaces for immersive audio environments. You will be given 24 hour access to labs, so that you can work at a time that suits you best. All our computers have the audio software you'll need, and you'll get access to the audio mixing equipment that you may require.
The Department of Electronic Engineering is based on Campus West. The majority of teaching takes place within Campus West.
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 by your 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, eg working for a company such as Arup or AECOM. These are large engineering companies that equip everything from large buildings to auditoria.
You will 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.
The MSc Audio and Music Technology course takes a holistic approach to music technology. The course covers some of the fundamental physics of sound and psychoacoustics, through to audio signal processing and spatial audio. As well as learning new skills and making the most of the facilities, I was lucky enough to conduct some research in collaboration with the iconic Abbey Road Studios.Hashim, MSc Audio and Music Technology (2017)
For applicants whose native language is not English, the minimum University English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each of the four language components) or the equivalent are required.
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