The University of Aberdeen offers excellent electroacoustic music and sonic arts programmes that will help students explore, design, and realise original and creative sound projects. These programmes are created with clear artistic and research themes: new approaches to sound and place.
We offer three postgraduate programmes, each of which is tailored to your study plan, research interest and desire, and approaches to learning: MMus in Sonic Arts (Taught), MPhil in Music (Sonic Arts Research), and PhD in Music (Sonic Arts and Electroacoustic Composition)
MMus in Sonic Arts (Taught)
If you love sound and the creation of it, the MMus Sonic Arts takes this concept into a fully-fledged discipline. Sound is much more than music. It is all around us in nature, acoustic effects, electronic noise, imitation and media. These can all be manipulated and crafted to engage with your audience. The MMus Sonic Arts at the University of Aberdeen develops your knowledge of sonic arts and sound technology, to build a strong portfolio towards your ideal career.
Emphasising both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in sonic arts and sound technology, the taught Masters Degree programme in Sonic Arts is designed to expose students to the widest range of employment opportunities and advancement to related academic and research fields. It is intended for students coming from diverse backgrounds in one or more of the following: music, computing science, informatics, visual art, performance, theatre, media studies and film.
MPhil in Music (Sonic Arts Research)
The MPhil in Music (Sonic Arts Research) programme is excellent for those who have a strong background in music and/or sound related disciplines and wish to pursue a one-year long, independent research project with a close supervision by sonic arts professionals. This programme does not have coursework; instead, students work toward a clear and well-defined research project based on their own schedule and research plan. It is ideal for those who cannot attend classes on a regular basis or need to conduct research while away from Aberdeen. It is also suitable for those who wish to conduct online or distance learning/research.
PhD in Music (Sonic Arts and Electroacoustic Composition)
The PhD in Sonic Arts and Electroacoustic Composition intends for those who have a strong background in sound and electronic media and wish to conduct a significant and original research project in sonic arts, sound studies, electronic or technology-based music making, technology-driven performance and theory. Working closely with their supervisors, successful PhD candidates should be able to define and manage their own research, produce research outcomes either through papers, software, or artistic outcomes like compositions or performances on a regular basis. Furthermore, PhD candidates are expected to work collaboratively, contributing to Aberdeen’s sonic arts research community centred on SERG.
Applicants who have a good honours degree in Music (or related discipline) and show exceptional ability in sonic arts and/or electroacoustic composition are welcome to apply to the PhD in Sonic Arts and Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Aberdeen. Students develop an area of research which is evidenced through a portfolio of original compositions or sonic arts, accompanied by a written commentary on the work submitted. The nature of the work submitted will be the result of negotiation between the student and the supervisor team with no restriction on number, length or type of pieces.