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Electronic and Computer Music MA

University of Leeds

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary


This course focuses on the creative, historical, critical, technical and performative aspects of electronic and computer music, emphasising the many ways in which technology and musical practice influence each other.

A distinctive feature of this course is the balance it strikes between creative practice, technical skills and theory and critical/cultural/historical context in electronic and computer music.

You’ll engage with current thinking and practice in areas including experimental electronic music, sound synthesis, electrical and electronic musical instruments, signal processing, technologically-mediated approaches to composition, live electronic music, interfaces and interactivity, sound spatialisation, electronic music in the museum and more.

You’ll explore the contexts and practice of electronic and computer music, bringing these approaches together through case studies and complete either a practice-led portfolio or a dissertation on an aspect of electronic and computer music of your choice for your major project. You can also pursue an optional module in another area of music such as musicology, music psychology, composition or performance.

Electronic and computer music is a broad and exciting field of research, you’ll learn from an academic team with a strong presence in the international computer music, sonic arts and electronic music research communities.

It’s a great opportunity for musicians, creative professionals, educators, scientists or artists who are interested in the integration of music and technology to collaborate across disciplines in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene. We have a variety of facilities on site to support your learning, including an electronic music studio which hosts a collection of analogue synthesizers, two recording studios, a computer music cluster, rehearsal rooms, performance and practice spaces, music psychology lab, and a large concert hall.

On campus you’ll also find many opportunities for extra-curricular activities in music and performance. We also have good working relationships with Leeds University Union (which runs a range of clubs and performance spaces), and external organisations such as the Science Museum (London), National Science and Media Museum (Bradford), BBC, Leeds International Piano Competition and Opera North.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars and group learning.

However, independent study is vital to this degree, as it allows you to follow your own interests, build your skills and explore your creativity.

You will work on project work and conduct research independently, and our technicians and tutors are on hand to support you if you need it.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Career opportunities

This course will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge and a range of transferable skills in research, analysis, technology and communication, as well as critical awareness.

Beyond these, we also encourage an approach to skills development that is tailored to your individual needs.

You’ll focus on areas that interest you in your project work to gain the knowledge and skills you need to suit your career or research plans.

After an audit of your existing skills, you’ll follow an individual development programme.

We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music boasts an Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,750per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Leeds

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  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 113 5

    14th out of 87 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    170 76%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    96.0 96%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.65 73%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    180 89%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%



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