MSc in Music and Acoustic Engineering


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Program Description

Music and Acoustic Engineering is a two-year Master Program that falls within the area of Information Engineering (the "reference disciplinary area", as identified by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, is LM-32, corresponding to Computer Science and Engineering).

This M.S. program has two tracks, Acoustic Engineering identified as M.C.R. and Music Engineering identifies as M.M.I. The M.C.R. track is offered in Cremona Campus and has a special focus on computational, vibrational, musical and room acoustics. The M.E. track is offered in Milano Leonardo Campus and is more concerned with all aspects of musical informatics; audio and multimedia signal processing; music information extraction and retrieval; and music production technologies.

The following are the main courses that characterize both tracks:

  • Fundamentals of Acoustics (1st yr, 1st semester);
  • Computer Music - Representations and Models (1st year, 1st semester);
  • Advanced Coding Tools and Methodologies (1st year, 1st semester);
  • Electronics and Electroacoustics for Sound Engineering (1st year, 2nd semester);
  • Fundamentals of Vibration Analysis and Vibroacoustic (1st year, 2nd semester);
  • Computer Music - Languages and Systems (1st year, 2nd semester)

The following courses are specific of Acoustic Engineering:

  • Signals and Systems (1st year, 2nd semester)
  • Musical Acoustics (2nd year, 1st semester)
  • Room Acoustics (2nd year, 1st semester)
  • Numerical Modeling an Simulation in Acoustics (2nd year, 1 st semester);
  • Digital Audio Analysis and Processing (2nd year, 2nd semester);
  • Courses from the Department of Musicology of the University of Pavia offered in Cremona.

The following courses are specific of Music Engineering:

  • Multimedia Signal Processing (1st year, 1st semester)
  • Sound Analysis, Synthesis, and Processing (1st year, 2nd semester)
  • Creative Programming and Computing (2nd year, 1st semester)
  • Music Production Technologies (2nd year, 1st semester)
  • Courses from the Conservatory of Music of Milan.

Note: syllabi of the above courses will be published as soon as they will be updated.


A Bachelor Degree in a related field. Preference for graduates in Computer Science and Engineering and in Information and Communications Technology.

Mission and Goals

The postgraduate program in "Music and Acoustic Engineering" forms experts and designers who are able to face consolidated as well as emerging technological challenges in the audio, music and acoustics areas:

  • Audio: acquisition/capturing, processing, analysis, synthesis, reconstruction/rendering, classification, storage, organization, representation, and publishing;
  • Acoustics: analysis; control; characterization; improvement, optimization, and design of musical instruments, of listening environments and vibrational systems in general.
  • Music: analysis; classification; annotation; transcription; organization; modeling and representation; visualization; assistance to composition, orchestration, arrangement, and production.

In order to do so, students learn to make synergistic use of a multi-disciplinary knowledge ranging from computer science to telecommunications, from computational acoustics to numerical modeling/analysis, from electroacoustics to vibrational and room acoustics.


The M.Sc. offers two tracks:

  • Acoustic Engineering: emphasis on vibrating and resonant systems
  • Music Engineering: emphasis on audio and musical information

Mandatory courses

  • Area Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing
  • Multimedia Signal Processing, Digital Audio Analysis and Processing, Sound Synthesis and Spatial Processing, Computer Music: Representations and Models, Computer Music: Languages and Systems.
  • Area Electronics and Electroacoustics
  • Electronics for Sound Engineering, Electroacoustics for Sound Engineering.
  • Area Creative Computing
  • Advanced coding tools and methodologies, Creative programming and computing, Music Production Technologies.
  • Area Computational Acoustics
  • Fundamentals of Acoustics, Numerical Modelling, and Simulation of Acoustics, Fundamentals of Vibration Analysis and Vibroacoustics, Musical Acoustics, Room Acoustics.

Career Opportunities

"Music and Acoustic Engineering" is an offshoot of Computer Science and Engineering, and its graduates can count on a wide availability of well-payed positions, which is typical of this sector. Its graduates, however, can capitalize on their strong background in computer science as well as in signal processing and acoustics, which creates opportunities in the areas of musical acoustics, environmental acoustics, and electroacoustics, depending on the choice of “affine” and complementary courses of their study plan.

The "Acoustic Engineering" track gives the student the opportunity to gather expertise in the design and production of musical instruments (acoustic, electronic, and digital); high-end loudspeakers and transducers; P.A. systems and audio amplification/diffusion systems, which are all areas of international interest, where Italy has a strong and long-standing tradition. Another sector where Italy excels is that of microelectronics, especially as far as audio MEMS devices and other types of vibroacoustic sensors are concerned. Other work opportunities are in the area of acoustic surveys and design of listening environments. The number of positions in this area is growing, especially in the public sector, which is particularly interested in dealing with acoustic pollution and in improving acoustic comfort. There is also a number of companies that do not specifically operate in the audio or acoustic area, but are still interested in studying, designing and monitoring the amount and the quality of noise emissions (e.g. the timbral qualities of the noise produced by domestic appliances or by cars), or the acoustic comfort and the acoustic design of acoustic signals (e.g. in elevators, or in-car interiors), or the noise level of devices and systems (e.g. fan noise in computers, rolling noise of car tires, etc.).

The "Music Engineering" track, focuses on building a strong background in computer science and in signal processing, which paves the way toward engineering jobs in all the areas concerning creation, analysis, organization, managing, and rendering of audio and of multimedia content. The most representative companies in this area are music production labels and music distributors, radio and TV broadcasting companies (both national and private), advertising agencies, and the companies that offer audio and audio-video streaming services. Particularly interesting is also the sector focusing on audience intelligence, or on advertisement monitoring (both over radio and TV broadcasts, and over social media) for automated user profiling as well as content personalization.

Many are the companies, particularly international corporations, which address the audio consumer market. In these companies, Music Engineers can play a relevant role, thanks to their strong background in signal processing algorithms. This expertise is also very attractive for companies in the area of microelectronics and MEMS for audio consumer applications.

Employment Statistics

Since this is a new program, no employment statistics are available yet. However, the program is affine to Computer Science and Engineering and, as such, it inherits the employability benefits of this area. According to official data collected by ISTAT (the Italian National Institute of Statistics), of all graduates of Postgraduate Programs in Italy, Information Engineers find a suitable job in the shortest time (within 6 months of graduation as the national average, and within 2 months for graduates of the Politecnico di Milano).


The application for a Laurea Magistrale Program (equivalent to an MSc degree) requires only a few steps. You can apply for two Master of Science programs at the same time (1st and 2nd choice); if you are admitted to both of them you will be asked to accept the study program you prefer. Applicants of Architecture and Design will have their second choice evaluated only if not admitted to their first choice. Therefore, please select your program of preference as your first choice.

In order to start the evaluation process, you must upload all the documents required and make sure that your original academic transcripts are received by the International Admission Office within the deadline. Incomplete applications (i.e. missing/not valid documents, no matter if online/sent by post) will be automatically rejected. The International Admissions Office will consider your application only if your transcripts are received by the deadline and if your online application is complete.

Application Fees

Please note that Politecnico di Milano does not require any application fee neither to our Laurea Magistrale programs nor to any kind of scholarship. All applications’ procedures have no fees. Only once you are admitted, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable "Administrative Fee" of about 200.00 €, a mandatory regional and administrative tax which you have to pay in advance to confirm your admittance (scholarship recipients included). It will be deducted from the 2nd installment of your tuition fees.

It is very important that each applicant personally accesses the Online Service with her/his student identification number (person code) and password to check the status of his/her application and the communications sent by the International Admissions Office.

Moreover, admitted students must personally contact the Italian Diplomatic Representative to provide them with the necessary documents and information. Not doing so could cause the rejection of your Visa.


Prospect students are eligible if they acquired a Bachelor of Science (“Laurea di primo livello” or equivalent title) in any of the following areas:

  1. Engineering:
    • Class L8: “Ingegneria dell'Informazione”
    • Class L-9: “Ingegneria Industriale”
    • Class L-7: “Ingegneria civile e ambientale”
  2. Sciences:
    • Class L-31: “Scienze e tecnologie informatiche”
    • Class L-30: “Scienze e tecnologie fisiche”
    • Class L-35: Scienze Matematiche”.

Admission is granted by an Evaluation Committee, based on the prior curriculum and GPA. The Committee can also recommend specific study plan constraints and, in some cases, require additional credits to be obtained as a preliminary condition prior to enrolling.

Eligibility of students with a bachelor degree that does not fall within the above categories is decided upon close scrutiny of curriculum, GPA and motivation letter, as long as the student comes with a Bachelor degree with 180CFU that includes at least 30 CFU in any of the following SSD (Scientific Disciplinary Sectors): MAT/01, MAT/02, MAT/03, MAT/04, MAT/05, MAT/06, MAT/07, MAT/08, MAT/09, FIS/01, FIS/02, FIS/03, FIS/04, FIS/05, FIS/06, FIS/07, FIS/08; and additional 15 CFU in ING-INF/05 and/or INF/01.

When the presented degree includes courses that cannot be categorized within any standard Italian SSD, the Admission Committee will evaluate the applicant’s curriculum in order to establish possible equivalences. The applicants will be asked to provide extensive information on the courses that they took.

The best-matched profile for the applicants to this MS Program is those with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in the area of Information Engineering (Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, Electronics or Automation, and Control).

A prerequisite for the admission to the Master of Science at Politecnico di Milano is the working knowledge of English.


Once admitted, in order to confirm your acceptance, you will be asked to pay an administrative fee of 172,20 €, either by credit card or by bank transfer. The administrative fee will be deducted from the second installment and will not be refunded in case of withdrawal.

Tuition fees for each academic year are divided into two installments. The first installment must be paid upon enrolment, the second within the deadlines. The due amount must be entirely paid and cannot be divided in further installments.

Tuition Fees for EEA Students

  • Tuition fees for EEA students range from about 895,20 € to 3898,20 € for a year.
  • The first installment corresponds to 895,20€.
  • The second installment is variable. It is calculated on the basis of family income: students will be placed in different income brackets according to the I.S.E.E. declaration.
  • The second installment is also based on the number of credits (C.F.U./ECTS) included in the study plan.
  • Students admitted on the 1st semester usually have a standard yearly study plan between 46 and 73 C.F.U., which corresponds to 100% of the tuition fees due.
  • Students admitted on the 2nd semester usually have a standard yearly study plan of about 30 C.F.U., which corresponds to 50% of the tuition due.

Tuition Fees For Non-EEA Students

  • Tuition fees for Non-EEA students correspond automatically to the full contribution of 3898,20€.
  • The first installment corresponds to 895,20€.
  • The second installment corresponds to 3003€. The sum may be adjusted according to the number of credits (C.F.U./ECTS) included in the study plan.
  • Students admitted on the 1st semester usually have a standard yearly study plan between 46 and 74 C.F.U., which corresponds to 100% of the tuition fees due (3003 €).
  • Students admitted on the 2nd semester usually have a standard yearly study plan of about 30 to 32 C.F.U., which corresponds to 50% of the tuition due (1501,50 €).
Last updated Sep 2019

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