The University of Wolverhampton

MScby Research in Music Technology

Why choose this course?

The MSc by Research in Music Technology is designed to offer an exciting opportunity for students to investigate an area of your own academic interest in the varied fields of audio programming, software and video games development, interactive music, room acoustics, interfaces and controllers, and other music technology related areas. You will be encouraged to demonstrate self-direction and autonomy, under the supervision of published experts in their fields and develop your theoretical and methodological understanding, engaging with current debates in some of the most vibrant areas of contemporary research.

Your programme of study will be based upon a Learning Contract negotiated between you and your supervising team. You will need to complete research proposal indicating your topic and admission will be based upon the successful agreement of a topic and the identification of appropriate supervision. Under guidance of your principal supervisor, you will produce at non-assessed assignments, leading to a final assessed portfolio of your final research. Acting as summary of all that you have learned and a portfolio going forward, the Audio Technology Project provides an opportunity to plan and execute a substantial project in an area of personal specialism or interest. Innovative projects are encouraged, and there exists the potential for interdisciplinary and/or collaboration with practitioners in other fields.

As this course is taught by supervision, we are able to work flexibly with students to arrange tutorials around their work and family commitments. Also, in the absence of taught classes, it would be quite possible to conduct tutorials and exchange draft work and tutor feedback electronically, so there is considerable scope to study conveniently from home.

For further information, please contact Dr Aglaia Foteinou:

What happens on the course?

Your programme of study will be based upon a Learning Contract negotiated between you and your supervising team. You will need to complete an expression of interest form indicating your topic and admission will be based upon the successful agreement of this topic and the identification of appropriate supervision. Under guidance of your principal supervisor, you will write at least three extended non-assessed assignments or produce at least three pieces of practical work leading to a final, assessed portfolio, which will include a viva voce examination.

Why Wolverhampton?

We have a strong postgraduate community with opportunities to attend events and encounter students across the full range of disciplines within the Faculty of Arts including Studio and Digital Art, Theatre, Music and Performance. You will also be invited to attend all guest lectures, performances and field trips that constitute a vibrant student experience at the University.

The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities to greatly enhance your learning experience. The Performance Hub has a diverse range of fully equipped music teaching, performance and practice rooms (accommodating single person to large band / ensemble), two high-end professional recording studios, and two bespoke technology suites boasting sixty Apple iMacs running industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Max, Pure Data and SuperCollider. In addition, EASE software is available for research projects on acoustic modelling.

Our two recording studios offer the perfect blend of digital and analogue technologies giving students the opportunity to combine classic analogue recording technique with the flexibility and reliability digital technology provides. As well as a dedicated live room each for recording, for increased flexibility and choice of room acoustic, any of the music rehearsal rooms surrounding each studio can also be patched into the studio's control room.

We are a thriving department of research active academics in music technology. Course staff specialise in traditional/well-established areas of music technology (studio production, film sound, audio synthesis and processing), flourishing areas of contemporary research (musical interaction, generative music), room acoustic modelling, acoustic measurements, musical acoustics, technology and minimalist aesthetics. If you are interested in a specific research area please contact Dr Aglaia Foteinou for further discussion.

Further information:

Mr Matt Bellingham,

  • Music computing;
  • Algorithmic music system design;
  • Procedural audio;
  • Audio production;
  • Assistive music technology;
  • User interface design;
  • Interaction design.

Dr Mat Dalgleish,

  • Music Computing;
  • Music Interaction;
  • Procedural Audio;
  • Film Sound and Music
  • Interactive Media
  • Audiovisual Performance
  • Histories of Electronic Music
  • Sound Synthesis (Software and Hardware).

Dr Aglaia Foteinou,

  • Computer Modelling Methods for Acoustic Simulations
  • Auralization Techniques and Evaluation
  • Study of Acoustic Measurement Techniques in situ
  • Perceptual
  • Study of Architectural Acoustics
  • Acoustic Reconstruction of Heritage Sites
  • 3D sound reproduction and Binaural system;
  • Measurements of acoustic material characteristics.

Dr Richard Glover,

  • Technology and minimalist aesthetics;
  • Psychoacoustic, perception and cognition.

Career path

This MSc by Research will provide an excellent preparatory pathway into doctoral research. However, for individuals seeking to enhance their C.V. or undertake some professional enhancement, this mode of study will enable you to tailor your study towards your career pathway and combine it with your work schedule and other commitments. The wide range of subjects offered will provide relevant opportunities for individuals either within, or planning to enter, diverse professions to develop and evidence the acquisition of higher level skills.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of a variety of topical viewpoint in music technology, taking an independent and holistic perspective;
  2. Select, interpret, develop and apply a variety of research methodologies and techniques appropriate relating to aspects such as technologised production and performance, reactive/interactive/non-linear media, and computational creativity (etc.) to practice through a systematic understanding of historical, contextual, philosophical, technical and scientific theories;
  3. Develop analytical, critical, evaluative, and creative skills using a wide variety of hardware and software techniques and, where appropriate, actively design and develop their own.
  4. Exercise personal autonomy in learning through effective self-organisation and management of workload;
  5. Understand the possibilities afforded by the contemporary, expanded field of music technology (including its gaps and trends), and be able to position their own work, interests and aspirations within this wider context.

Entry requirements

Students will have a good undergraduate degree in Music Technology, Music Computing, Sonic Arts, creative applications of Computer Science or Human-Computer Interaction, or other a relevant subject field. Other graduates will be considered through interview/audition as appropriate, but deep engagement with audio/sound/music and familiarity with contemporary tools and ideas are expected. If you have relevant work experience in your subject area, this can also help you to get a place on a course. All applicants must submit an initial Proposal for Study” upon which the learning contract can be agreed as a condition of admission.

Sample research proposal - English Literature

A good standard of written and spoken English is an important pre-requisite for postgraduate study. Student’s whose first language is not English, are required to hold an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or equivalent (

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £6,250 £13,000
Part time £3,125

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (// If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (// for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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