University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Computer Music

This programme focuses on the technical, creative, historical, critical and performative aspects of electronic and computer music. You�ll engage with current thinking and practice in areas such as interactivity, audiovisual applications, computer vision, sound spatialisation, algorithmic composition, electronic music, signal processing and sound synthesis. You�ll also learn to place these developments within the aesthetic, cultural and historical context of electronic music and music technology.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject. Relevant professional experience may also be considered, and we encourage applications from people with backgrounds in technology, maths, science or computing as well as music. You�ll also need to be able to demonstrate understanding of basic computer programming concepts and digital audio theory, and will need an understanding of music theory for some of the optional modules. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Course modules

Modules include: Professional studies; computer music practice; computer music contexts; computer music project. optional modules include: applied performance studies; composition studies; short dissertation; individual project; case studies in applied psychology of music; instrumental or vocal recital; concerto/song cycle/extended work; editing and archival studies; issues in critical musicology; aesthetic theory.

Assessment methods

Assessment will use different methods, allowing you to build a variety of skills. These will include the skills required for practical project work during the programme as well as essays, presentations, and a bibliography project. Optional modules may use different methods such as performances, or a composition portfolio.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 12 months
MMus Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary
Telephone number: 
0113 343 2583