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.

Extended Masters option - If you have an undergraduate degree, but do not quite meet the entry criteria for this course, you may qualify for our Extended Masters. You will take two extra modules to prepare you for the course and you must study full time. We also provide English-language support if you need it. Once you complete these two modules, you can progress directly onto the regular Masters course.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MSc £9,750 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £9,750 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £14,975 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: To study the Extended Masters programme students will need: a Bachelor's degree.
  • International entry requirements: International students need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). We will also consider you for this course with IELTS between 6.0 and 6.5 - in this case you would need to complete an English language course during your first semester, which we provide at no additional cost.