Sound and Music Computing, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
As an engineer in Sound and Music Computing, you will become an important player in the new information society. Through a combination of practice and theory in subjects such as data modelling, signal processing, pattern recognition, sound technology and –perception, cognition and interactive systems, you will obtain a solid background in a fast growing field at Aalborg University.


At Aalborg University, we offer a new master's programme called Sound and Music Computing. You can study in either Aalborg or Copenhagen.

You will be trained to solve problems demanding deep technological insight as well as knowledge on the creative aspects and users. This combination makes the programme in Sound and Music Computing unique in Denmark, and competences in both the technical and creative area are much sought after.

On the third semester of the master's programme in Sound and Music Computing, you have the opportunity to carry out a project in collaboration with an external partner either in Denmark or abroad. You can collaborate with a company, a public institution or a professional organisation. You may also choose an exchange stay at another university in Denmark or abroad.

A stay abroad helps your career

If you choose a stay abroad during your education, it may further your job seeking upon graduation. The industry seeks people with international experience, especially within engineering, and therefore, AAU focuses on stays abroad. We want to give you the best start possible when you have finished your studies.

At the master’s level, we give you the opportunity to take and an internship (in Denmark or abroad) or spend a semester abroad. We will assist you in finding the best place for you. AAU co-operates with many universities across the globe, and we have solid contacts and co-operations with industry with regards to both student projects and internships. Our students go to the US, Australia, Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Sweden, France, etc.

Job and Career

As a master of science in Sound and Music Computing from Aalborg University, you will have a solid profile aimed at both the Danish and international markets. Denmark has a long and proud tradition in sound and music computing, and Danish companies and their products are known all over the world. You may find employment in companies such as Bang & Olufsen (B&O), T-Rex Engineering, IO Interactive, Carl Martin, Dicentia, etc. Here, you will be working with development and test of programmes and equipment for sound processing (especially interactive), production of sound as well as new business opportunities and –concepts within sound and music.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sound Processing
  • Multivariate Statistics and Pattern Recognition
  • Music Perception and Cognition
  • Real-time Interaction and performance
  • Sound and Music Signal Analysis
  • Music Information Research
  • Sonic Interaction Research
  • Multimedia programming
  • Modelling physical systems
  • Human Sound Perception
  • Audio Engineering1
  • Sound and Music Innovation
  • Research in Sound and Music Computing

                        Detailed Programme Facts

                        English Language Requirements

                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

                        • Minimum required score:


                          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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                          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:


                          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

                        The postgraduate programme in Sound and Music Computing is subject to restricted admission in Copenhagen. There is no restricted admission in Aalborg.

                        Screening of applications is based on the following criteria in order of priority:

                        • Grades obtained on completed semesters of the undergraduate programme at the time of assessment.
                        • The given motivation for studying and the knowledge of the MSc.
                        • Relevant, verifiable extra-curricular activities, e.g. work experience within IT and/ or companies within the sound and music technology business.
                        • Applicants applying for Master's programmes at Aalborg University must submit results of an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge test.

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International Applies to you

                          12389 EUR/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 12389 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                        • National Applies to you

                          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.
                        • 92,200 DKK

                        Living costs

                        • Copenhagen, Denmark

                          7500 - 12900 DKK/month
                          Living Costs
                        • Aalborg, Denmark

                          5790 - 8150 DKK/month
                          Living Costs

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


                        Check the programme website for information about funding options.

                        StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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                        Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.