University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Digital Composition and Performance

This programme will develop a variety of interdisciplinary skills ranging across digital music composition and performance, computer science, and cultural studies. Students gain in-depth knowledge of: computer music composition and performance; real-time computer music programming (Max/MSP); non-real-time computer music programming; algorithmic composition; electroacoustic composition; human-computer interaction; and the key theories that have informed understanding of the digital age. In addition, students learn how to plan, execute, realise, and document a musical-technological project; translate musical ideas into fully-functioning interactive computer music programmes and/or scores; and reflect on creative work in light of past and present cultural developments.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK in a sound-related discipline such as music, sound engineering, acoustics, film, animation, or art/design; other relevant disciplines, such as computer science, architecture, education, cognitive science or psychology may be considered; regardless of academic background however, students must have significant experience in composition, or a related musically creative activity such as improvisation, sound installation, creative DJing etc; in this case, students may be admitted on the basis of a portfolio of work; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edinburgh College of Art Edinburgh EH3 9DF Scotland

Key information

ECA Graduate School
Telephone number: 
0131 650 4086