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Computer Music MRes

Course Description

The relationship between the people who make music happen and computers is pivotal for the future of the music industry. A masters qualification in this field is bound to open new career opportunities for professionals and graduates in music and associated areas.

The computer is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in all aspects of music. Smart sound design and synthetic music pervades a wide range of creative practices, from avantgarde contemporary music to entertainment media for mass consumption. Computer technologies are having a profound impact on how music is studied, composed, performed, listened to, stored and distributed. This programme provides an exciting opportunity to learn and explore key concepts and developments at the crossroads of music and computing technology through taught modules and a research project.

The programme is aimed at:
• practising musicians: systematically explore ways in which cutting-edge computing technology may enhance your practice
• music graduates, musicologists and music educators pursue a research project involving computing technologies, while enhancing your career with a postgraduate qualification
• music technologists, sound engineers and software developers: gain a better understanding of the needs of musicians and the music industry
• other graduates with proven knowledge of music: explore ways to combine your background and passion for music

MRes Computer Music is delivered within the context of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR),
underpinning the programme with research activity of international significance.

Programme content

The programme comprises three modules:
■ Advanced topics in computer music research:
exposes trends in computer music practices
allowing you to gain/hone theoretical and
technical skills through a negotiated project
■ Research in the arts and humanities: focuses
on approaches to develop research projects,
including interdisciplinary approaches
■ Masters thesis: your chance to develop
a major research project/thesis. This
may be accompanied by a technological
development or a portfolio of compositions

Visit the Computer Music MRes page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 or above degree in a relevant area of study is normally required. In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not hold a first degree, but possess significant practical experience may qualify for entry. IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent.

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