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.

Study Details:

MSc 2 years Thick Sandwich

Module Details:

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of DSP (required if equivalent background is missing)
  • Music Perception and Cognition

Plus maximum one of:

  • Sound Recording and Production Techniques
  • Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques

Plus further option(s) from:

  • Machine Learning (highly recommended)
  • Big Data Processing

Semester 2

At least two from:

  • Digital Audio Effects
  • Music Analysis & Synthesis
  • Real-Time DSP
  • Music & Speech Modelling

Plus further option(s) from:

  • Interactive System Design
  • The Semantic Web

Semester 3
(must take and pass)

  • Project

Year 2

  • Industrial Placement Project

Student Destinations

Queen Mary’s Computer Science postgraduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers, mostly within IT and information services.

The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled postgraduates to move into careers such as:

Technical Analyst, Credit Suisse
Interactive Systems Developer, Sky
Software Developer, Accenture
Analyst Technical Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
IT Contractor, FDM
Computer Analyst, ITRS Group
IT Developer, Qube Global Software
Team Manager, Bromley-by-Bow Centre
Computer Programmer, Rightmove
Computer Consultant, Mac Experts Ltd
Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence


Home and EU students 2018/19 Academic Year Thick Sandwich £9,250. International students 2018/19 Academic Year Thick Sandwich £19,500

Entry Requirements

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.

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