Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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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. Acoustics and Audio Technology is one of the eight majors offered in the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS). This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology programme is offered by Aalto University.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The target of the major is that the students could use their learning outcome flexibly in different tasks in industry and in academia. For example, the student should know why and how modern lossy audio codecs (mp3, AAC) work, or he/she should be able to measure, understand the perceptual aspects, and design the acoustics of a class room or a noise barrier.

Some exemplar fields where the students are foreseen 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.

This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology programme is offered by Aalto University.
Career opportunities
  • Audio DSP engineer in a big international firm, 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

Programme Structure

Communication acoustics: developing techniques for human listeners

The course is a very broad introduction to all other courses in the major. How do we hear sounds, and which properties of surrounding world do we decode by listening? How to design audio reproduction that it best suites human hearing? Can we measure the intelligibility of public address in a metro station? Can we estimate how “sharp” a sound is perceived? The lectures and the book cover answers to these questions. In the project work the students get hands-on experience in a simplified, but broad and practical, task.

The groups will collect interesting sounds from their environment, and arrange formal listening test to quantify them in perception. A simple computational model of hearing is built, which then used to explain the listening test results.
Audio signal processing: Manipulating sound with maths!
The audio signal processing course provides a broad understanding of the technical and creative aspects behind digital signal processing in the fields of audio, acoustics, and music technology. The course covers a wide range of topics ranging from electronic musical instruments to the theory behind celebrated vintage and state-of-the-art audio effects. By means of open-ended assignments, students will be able to get hands-on experience and explore the fantastic possibilities of digital processing of sound.
Learning electroacoustics by doing: hi-fi loudspeakers from lo-fi materials?
The electroacoustics course gives a wide view to the working and design principles of loudspeakers and microphones. Introductory lectures and homework are followed by presentations from industry experts. The students also get a chance to design and build as good loudspeakers as possible from elements commonly used in industry. The solutions can be creative, and the students learn how to tackle practical problems when transferring electric signals into acoustic waves.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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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

General admission requirements

The general eligibility requirements are the same for all Master's programmes in the field of science and technology. Please see also the requirements concerning language skills.

Eligible applications are then sent to the academic evaluation described in more detail below.

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. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics or physics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in the required areas.
Required background
  • mathematics (linear algebra, Fourier analysis, probability theory, and statistics)
  • physics (classical physics and mechanics)
  • digital signal processing
  • applied signal processing (audio and speech processing)
  • programming skills
Knowledge of the following areas is considered an advantage:
  • music or musical instruments
  • recording, mixing, and reproduction of sound
  • design and building of audio equipment
Application documents
In addition to the compulsory application documents, the applicants are requested to provide the following, additional documents:
  • at least one original recommendation letter (preferably academic)
  • course descriptions of courses taken in relevant subject areas (see the subject list above)
  • work certificates and certificates of other relevant achievements
  • copies of any publications
  • official transcript of records for other university studies which are not included in the mandatory part of the application
  • GRE or GMAT test results, if available

The application should explain full educational history of the applicant.

Applicant’s motivation letter (compulsory part of the online application form) should be written in English. For purposes of study guidance, the applicants are asked to indicate already on the motivation letter which track they wish to follow.

Also additional application documents described above (recommendations letter(s), course descriptions, work or other certificates, and publications) should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International

Citizens of EU/EEA countries are not required to pay tuition fees while studying towards a degree at Aalto University.


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