• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The major in Acoustics and Audio Technology gives fundamental knowledge about acoustical phenomena, human hearing and audio technologies, and also facilitates the students to apply the knowledge in practice. This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology programme is offered by Aalto University.

About

The goal of the major is that students can use their learning outcome flexibly in different tasks in industry and in academia. For example, students should know why and how modern lossy audio codecs (mp3, AAC) work, or they should be able to measure, understand the perceptual aspects, and design the acoustics of a classroom or a noise barrier. Some exemplar fields where the students are expected to be competent are sound recording and reproduction, audio coding, music technology, acoustic measurements, active noise cancellation, audio signal processing, room and building acoustics, and environmental noise.

We are looking for students who are interested in  music, hearing, aided hearing, sound reproduction, or sound in general. To succeed in our curriculum, your Bachelor studies should contain basic university physics, mathematics and digital signal processing. 

Career opportunities
  • Audio DSP engineer in a big international companies, such as Nokia, Huawei, Microsoft, Apple, or Dolby
  • Acoustical consultant working in the field of environmental noise or building acoustics
  • Acoustics/noise expert in heavy industry, such as ABB, Kone or Wartsila
  • Product development in small-scale firms and startup companies 

This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology programme is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Acoustical Measurements
  • Virtual Acoustics
  • Introduction to Master's Studies at Aalto ELEC 
  • Communication Acoustics
  • Acoustics and the Physics of Sound
  • Audio Signal Processing

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          Detailed Programme Facts

          English Language Requirements

          You only need to take one of these language tests:

          • Minimum required score:

            6.5

            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          • Minimum required score (Grade C):

            180

            The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

            Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

          • Minimum required score:

            580

            The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

          • Minimum required score:

            92

            The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

          Academic Requirements

          Programme-specific admission requirements

          Applicants to the programme must first meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master’s programmes in Science and Technology.

          Admission criteria to the CCIS programme is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering. 

          Required background:

          • mathematics
          • physics 
          • digital signal processing
          • applied signal processing (audio and speech processing)
          • programming skills

          Knowledge in the following areas is considered an advantage:

          • music or musical instruments
          • recording, mixing, and reproduction of sound
          • design and building of audio equipment

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            15000 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            Free
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English from August 2017 onwards are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens.

          Living costs for Helsinki

          910 - 1400 EUR/month
          Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

          Funding

          Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

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