Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

MA Electronic and Computer Music

This distinctive MA course enables you to study electronic and computer music in its practical and musicological dimensions under the guidance of established experts in the field.


The course focuses on the technical, creative, historical, critical and performative aspects of electronic and computer music, and engages with current research and practice in areas such as interactivity, audio-visual applications, computer vision, sound spatialisation, algorithmic composition, electronic music, signal processing and sound synthesis. Each area of study is placed within the musicological context of electronic music and music technology, so that the theory and practice of music research in these areas may be more comprehensively understood.

The course is led by an academic team with a strong presence in the international electronic and computer music, sonic-arts research, and electroacoustic music studies communities, and is supported by state-of-the-art studio facilities and equipment. You will study electronic and computer music contexts and practice, and complete either a dissertation or a portfolio as your major submission. The course includes space for you to take an optional module in musicology, music psychology, composition, or performance.

Key Staff

Dr James Mooney (Programme Leader)
Research Interests: Electronic music history; Electroacoustic music studies; Musicology of electronic and computer music; Sound studies; Music technology studies

Dr Ewan Stefani
Research Interests: Multi-channel and site-specific sound installations; Computer music and audiovisual composition; Sound in space and acousmatic sound theatre; Applied analogue and digital music technology; Investigation of computer hardware and technology as musical instruments

Dorien Schampaert
Research Interests: The Ondes Martenot and other electronic instruments; History of technology; Electronic music; Gender and popular music; Fan studies

Dr Oliver Thurley
Research Interests: Composition; Aspects of quietness, fragility, temporal disorientation, timbral instability and computational/algorithmic procedure in music

Programme Information and Electronic and Computer Music Research

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