Master in Sound and Music Computing

Sound and music computing is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the entire sound communication process, from the creation and generation of sounds to their transmission and perception.

Using a variety of scientific, technological and artistic methodologies and computational approaches, it examines how we understand, model and generate sound and music. It covers a wide range of basic academic subjects in fields such as music (composition, performance, musicology), physics (acoustics), engineering (signal processing, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, electronics) and psychology (psychoacoustics, experimental psychology, neuroscience). Current areas of application include musical instruments, music production, music information retrieval, digital music libraries, interactive multimedia systems, and auditory interfaces. The UPF's master's program in Sound and Music Computing focuses on the more technical aspects of the field.


This master's program aims to train the researchers and professionals who shape sound and music computing in today's information society. Combining practice and theory in a variety of areas, such as computational models, audio engineering, perception, cognition and interactive systems, the program offers the necessary scientific and technological background to pursue a successful career. More specifically, the program gives students the skills they need in both the most advanced technologies for the analysis, synthesis, transformation, and production of sound and music and the main technologies and processes that support sound and music creation.

Who is it for?

The master's program in Sound and Music Computing is aimed at students with a technical background who have some knowledge of music and seek to hone their research skills in the field of sound and music computing. Although no specific bachelor's degree is required, candidates must demonstrate that they have training in an area related to computer science or telecommunications.


The program is research-oriented and combines subjects covering both theory and practice. Students must complete 40 credits' worth of compulsory and optional subjects and a final research project worth 20 credits.

The master's program can be completed in one year if taken full-time, or two, if taken part-time. Part-time students will also be able to take complementary subjects from undergraduate engineering programs or additional subjects from the master's program. The part-time option is recommended for students who do not have a four-year degree in computer science or electrical engineering or an equivalent background.


Students must complete 40 credits' worth of compulsory and optional subjects and carry out a final research project worth 20 credits. The master's degree final project is intended to help students break into a given field of research and must thus make an original contribution to the chosen field.

The teaching program includes specific core subjects, as well as optional subjects shared with other master's programs offered by the Department of Information and Communication Technologies. The subjects most specific to this master's program are:

  • Audio and Music Analysis
  • Audio and Music Processing
  • Real-time Interaction
  • Recording and Mixing Music
  • Audio and Music Processing Workshop
  • Music Perception and Cognition


The UPF's Music Technology Group (MTG) and other research groups and companies offer internships to students of the master's program in Sound and Music Computing.

Knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired

  • Ability to plan and carry out research and development plans.
  • Acquisition, management, and transmission of methodological, technical and aesthetic knowledge.
  • Ability to work in a team in academic and business settings.
  • Development of critical thinking skills to enhance professional technical, methodological, economic, aesthetic and ethical decision-making.
  • Communication and creative skills.

Career prospects

Graduates of this master's program may enroll in a doctoral program or join research and/or development teams at companies specialized in services and applications related to sound and music computing.


Remember that in order to be successfully enrolled, the presentation of an official English certificate is an essential admission requirement. Only applicants whose mother tongue is English do not need to pre¬sent an English certificate. Official results must be sent directly by the examining institution to the school’s Admissions Department and must comply with the required minimum scores:

  • TOEFL CBT: > 235
  • TOEFL PBT: > 575
  • TOEFL IBT: > 100
  • CAE: C1
  • IELTS: > 6.5

Applicants who, at the time of the application, still do not possess an official English certificate or who are in the process of obtaining it must include this information in their admission applications. Applicants who have completed their full Bachelor’s Degree at an English-speaking university must submit written evidence that the language of instruction of their studies was English.

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 - 2 years
3,079 EUR
- Home/EU Fee; 4.092 € - International Fee (per year)
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