The MSc/Diploma in Acoustics and Music Technology (AMT) is an exciting one-year taught Masters degree that provides a broad-based foundation in the technical, musical and multimedia applications of acoustics, music and audio technology.
The programme developed out of a long standing collaboration in teaching and research between music and the sciences at the University of Edinburgh, and offers a unique opportunity to combine technical study in the science of acoustics and signal processing, with creative applications of modern music technology.
The focus is on the science of musical sound. There are applications in acoustical analysis, sound synthesis, digital signal processing with an emphasis on audio, and the creative use of music technology. A unique attraction of the degree is that it is hosted within the Acoustics and Audio Group, an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching excellence in acoustics, musical sound synthesis and audio technology. Our graduates seem to agree: have a look at some of our alumni feedback.
Throughout the programme, students will have access to the extensive facilities in the King’s Buildings science complex, including computer suites, anechoic and reverberant rooms, and numerous research laboratories. Studio spaces in both King’s Buildings and at Edinburgh College of Art are also available.
In addition to the wide-ranging facilities and academic excellence, a regular seminar series, the MusICA Seminars, provides students and other academics from across the university with the latest research in music informatics, cognition and acoustics. Our MSc students are strongly encouraged to attend. Have a look at our YouTube channel for a taster.
Apply for a place on the MSc
The Online Application form for the programme can be found here.
If you have any questions about the programme content, please contact the programme director, or use the online contact form. For assistance in the application procedure, please contact Lyndsay Hopes, who is the postgraduate secretary for this programme.
Postgraduate Open Days
The University of Edinburgh has a number of postgraduate open days throughout the year. These are a great chance to come along and find out more about the degree. It’s also a great opportunity to scope out the City of Edinburgh, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The list of Open Days is here.
Scholarships, Funding and Fees
Whether you are a UK, EU or International student, there are a range of scholarships available through the University of Edinburgh. Please visit the University’s main Scholarships and Funding page to find out more.
There are a limited number of scholarships and bursaries available directly through the Reid School of Music, but these are only open for application once you have been accepted onto the programme. More information can be found here, and separately here (UK/EU students only). There is a further page of related information located here.
The University of Edinburgh charges fees for students to enroll on taught Masters programmes. The rate of these fees depends on whether you are a UK, EU or International student. The list of fees for the current academic year can be found on this web page.
The basic entry requirement is a UK 2:1 Honours degree (or International equivalent) in a suitable numerate subject area (this is in line with the general entry requirements across the University of Edinburgh).
Suitable subject areas include, for example, Physics, Maths, Engineering, Electronics, Music Technology, and possibly other Music-related subjects. Other degree subjects and non-standard qualifications may also be acceptable if combined with appropriate professional experience. If you have any questions about our entry requirements, just get in touch.
For applicants whose first language is not English, there are further, standardised University of Edinburgh English language requirements. Please see page 50 of the Edinburgh College of Art PGT Prospectus (PDF file) for further information.
Further programme information
- Further details about the programme content can be found here.
- The key learning outcomes are summarised here.
- A number of AMT MSc alumni have recorded their experiences about the programme here.
- Numerous lecturers and professors contribute to the programme. A list of these people can be found here.
- There is some example project work from previous AMT MSc students located here.
- The current AMT MSc programme handbook (PDF file) can be found here. This is a lengthy document that includes loads of details about the programme content and course options.
- The Edinburgh College of Art Prospectus (PDF file) for 2013-2013 can be found here, and includes some more information about the AMT MSc (page 12).
Other useful information
Some further useful information is accessible from the School of Music’s dedicated AMT MSc webpage which is located here. This includes a link to the AMT MSc handbook, along with details about the entry requirements.
There is a lot of other useful information about studying in Edinburgh over on the main University website. This includes an exciting list of reasons to come to Edinburgh for your postgrad Master’s degree.