University of West London

Course Introduction

On our MSc in Digital Audio Engineering, you will explore the varied uses of technology in the delivery and creation of digital audio systems. With access to many useful resources, including both hardware and software, you will be able to develop real-world technical expertise to design, develop and operate a range of innovative solutions.

Digital audio is part of all aspects of modern life. It is used in music and sound production, media and gaming, 3D spatial audio, mobile devices, streaming, online media and the internet of things (IoT), plus many others. There is a growing demand for people who have the necessary technical and creative abilities to enable and progress how digital audio is embedded in these areas. As such, this course is designed for graduates from a range of engineering, music technology and computer science backgrounds.

The focus of the course is on the analysis and design of systems and tools within the context of business needs. A mix of teaching methods are used to give you a balance of theory and the practical application of skills, ranging from lectures, tutorials and workshops to the examination of case studies and practical programming projects.

On graduating, you should have an informed and critical understanding of the use of technology within industry. You should also have sufficient creative, investigative and critical thinking abilities to apply your knowledge and skills to practical situations and problems. This will allow you to play a strategic role in the use of technology and the delivery of digital audio systems and processes, including audio analysis, effects and synthesis plug-ins, digital controllers, installation and embedded systems for public spaces.

Some of the coursework and project work you may engage with include: audio pattern recognition, such as speech analysis; noise-cancellation algorithms; audio software plug-ins such as EQ, dynamics, spectral morphing and delay/reverb; virtual synthesiser and sample instruments; real-time audio and MIDI controllers; audiology; acoustic and psychoacoustic control algorithms and devices; audio and A/V installations; gesture- and motion-based music performance software/controllers; multi-channel speaker configuration and control. There are many industry and research sectors where there are opportunities for employment and career progression.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019. EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £7,800 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £7,800 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £13,000 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £3,900 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £3,900 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: You should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent. You must demonstrate a clear interest in digital audio, either from a utilitarian or creative stand point. We may also offer you a place based on relevant experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications are considered individually.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).