Reasons to choose the programme

Flexibility and focus. Tailor your degree to your interests, whether they lie in the combination of scientific and artistic disciplines, or more weighted to technical subjects in acoustics and audio technology.
Technical excellence. Gain a solid technical understanding of acoustics and audio programming, as well as invaluable long-term project experience. Together these can form a sound basis from which to progress to further research. Our alumni have an outstanding track record in going on to such further study.
Professional prospects. The practical hands-on experience you will gain in experimental and computational acoustics will stand you in good stead for a career in acoustics and/or music and audio technology. Many of our alumni now work professionally in fields such as acoustic consultancy, acoustic design and audio programming.
A world-class research environment. Be part of an outstanding University with a world-class international reputation in the research of acoustics and audio technology.
A vibrant capital city. Study in Edinburgh, one of the world’s great capital cities, with a vibrant music and arts scene. The beautiful highlands of Scotland are also only a short journey away.

Outline

Acoustics and music technology sit at the exciting crossroads between science and the arts. In this rewarding programme you will combine aspects of both worlds to gain insight into the science of sound, and progress towards further research or a career in acoustics and music related technology.

What you will study

The MSc/Dip in Acoustics and Music Technology is the result of a historic and fruitful partnership between Edinburgh's Schools of Music and Physics & Astronomy. Taking the science of musical sound as your focus, you’ll work in a cross-disciplinary environment, using theoretical and experimental work to explore the musical, technical and multimedia applications of acoustics and audio technology. The involvement of two well-equipped Schools means that you’ll have access to a comprehensive suite of facilities – from up-to-date recording studios and sound desks, to an anechoic chamber, reverberation room and historic concert halls. It’s not all science, however: you will also examine the role of acoustics and technology in the creative arts, and you’ll be encouraged to place your work in a cultural context.

This is a unique degree programme, combining both technical and creative subjects. You will gain a solid platform in the essential technical aspects of acoustics, signal processing and computer programming for audio, while at the same time have the opportunity to undertake more artistically creative study in the fields of music and sound design. It is also possible to tailor your course choices to take in subjects related to speech recognition and synthesis technologies, for a more technical overall slant. Whatever path you choose to take, you will have a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from world-class academics in the fields of acoustics, music and audio technology, in an environment of active, international-quality research.  

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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Staff

Dr Michael Newton

Lecturer

Email: michael.newton@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 5865


Facilities and resources

Six purpose-built, acoustically-treated music studios, with tie-lines to a shared recording space.

Recording equipment is available to students through BookIt, the online booking system.

A huge variety of choirs, dance societies, musical theatre and film groups, orchestras, bands and world music groups.

On occasion the Reid School of Music loans audio equipment to outside organisations.

Seventeen practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.

Students have access to a variety of resources as well as several dedicated collections of musical instruments.

Information on the equipment available to students in the music studios and editing suites.

A 218-seat Victorian venue built in 1859. Used for regular orchestral and choral rehearsals and performances.

Located beneath Reid Concert Hall, this studio is built to record live performances in the venue.

Studio equipment and software tailored for music students to be able to record, edit, and experiment with their work.


Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Value: £5,000-£15,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate study at Edinburgh College of Art.

Bucher-Fraser Scholarship (for new students)

  • Value: £5,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Awarded to a student who is accepted for admission on a full-time, postgraduate taught Masters programme in Music. Applicants must have received an offer by the scholarship deadline.

J.S. Anderson Organ prize

  • Value: £1,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: For current full-time music students. Students wishing to enter the competition must present a programme of organ music lasting 35-40 minutes.

Jean Kennoway Howells Scholarship

  • Value: £3,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Awarded to a student who is accepted onto a full-time, postgraduate taught Masters programme in Music.



Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086