Pursuant to consolidation Act 778 of August 7, 2019 on Universities (the University Act), the following is established.The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for Aalborg University.
The Master’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 20 of January 9, 2020 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) and Ministerial Order no. 22 of January 9, 2020 on University Examinations (the Examination Order). Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 153 of February 26, 2020 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order).
The programme is offered in Copenhagen.
The Master’s programme falls under Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University.
The Master’s programme falls under Study Board of Media Technology
The Master’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on Nationwide engineering examiners/Electronics, IT and Energy (Electromagnetic direction)
Applicants with a legal right of admission (retskrav)
Aalborg University offers no bachelor’s educations with a legal right of admission to this education.
Applicants without legal right of admission
All applicants without a legal right must prove that their English language qualifications is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English
The Master’s programme entitles the graduate to the Danish designation Civilingeniør, cand.polyt. i lyd- og musikteknologi. The English designation is: Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sound and Music Computing).
The Master’s programme is a two year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme is set to 120 ECTS credits.
The Study Board can approve that passed programme elements from other educational programmes at the same level replaces programme elements within this programme (credit transfer).
Furthermore, the Study Board can, upon application, approve that parts of this programme is completed at another university or a further education institution in Denmark or abroad (pre-approval of credit transfer).
The Study Board’s decisions regarding credit transfer are based on an academic assessment.
The Study Board’s possibilities to grant exemption, including exemption to further examination attempts and special examination conditions, are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/regler-vejledninger
The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/regler-vejledninger
In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.
The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).
The Master’s Thesis must include an English summary. If the project is written in English, the summary can be in Danish. The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.
It is assumed that the student can read academic text and use reference works, etc., in English.
The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:
A Candidatus graduate has the following competency profile:
A Candidatus graduate has competencies that have been acquired via a course of study that has taken place in a research environment.
A Candidatus graduate is qualified for employment on the labour market based on his or her academic discipline as well as for further research (PhD programmes). A Candidatus graduate has, compared to a Bachelor, developed his or her academic knowledge and independence so as to be able to apply scientific theory and method on an independent basis within both an academic and a professional context.
The mission of the Master’s Programme in Sound and Music Computing is to train the professionals that will push forward the sound and music technologies of the new information society. By combining practical and theoretical approaches in topics such as computational modeling, audio engineering, perception, cognition, and interactive systems, the programme gives the scientific and technological background needed to start a research or professional career. This programme trains the students on the technologies for the analysis, description, synthesis, transformation and production of sound and music, and on the technologies and processes that support sound and music creation.
The graduate of the Masters programme:
The programme is structured in modules and organized as a problem-based study. A module is a programme element or a group of programme elements, which aims to give students a set of professional skills within a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods. Examinations are defined in the curriculum. Each semester has an overall theme, which is reflected in the scope of the (mandatory) course modules and semester projects.
The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organized based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:
All modules are assessed through individual grading according to the 7-point scale or Pass/Fail. All modules are assessed by external examinatino (external grading) or internal examination (internal grading or by assessment by the supervisor only).
Offered as: 1-professional
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation method||Assessment method||Language|
|Foundations of SMC||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|Sound Processing||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|New Interfaces for Musical Expression||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|Music Perception and Cognition||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|Sonic Interaction Design||Project||15||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|Embodied Interaction||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam||English|
|Sound and Music Signal Analysis||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|Physical Models for Sound Synthesis||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|Sound and Music Innovation||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|Research in Sound and Music Computing||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
3rd semester elective courses package
Choose 2 courses (10 ECTS)
|Project-Oriented Study in an External Organisation||Project||30||Passed/Not Passed||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project||English|
|Master’s Thesis||Project||30||7-point grading scale||External examination||Master's thesis/final project||English|
3rd semester elective courses package
Choose 2 courses (10 ECTS)
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation Method||Assessment method||Language|
|Prototyping and Fabrication Techniques||Course||5||Passed/Not Passed||Internal examination||Written or oral exam||English|
|Multimodal Perception and Cognition||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam||English|
|Machine Learning for Media Technology||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam||English|
If the student wants to study abroad, the Study Board recommends this in the third semester. The student must apply for a preapproval of credit transfer by the Study Board of Media Technology.
NOTE: Elective courses will only be offered if 12 students or more register for the course during the registration period. Students will be offered other options if a chosen course is not offered.
All students who have not participated in Aalborg University’s course ‘Problem based Learning’ or PBL introductory course during their Bachelor’s degree must attend and have approved the PBL introductory course before they can participate in the project exam. For further information, please see www.create.aau.dk/education/.
The curriculum is approved by the dean and enters into force as of September 1, 2020.
The Study Board does not offer teaching after the previous curriculum from 2017 after the summer examination examination 2021.
The Study Board will offer examinations after the previous curriculum, if there are students who have used examination attempts in a module without passing. The number of examination attempts follows the rules in the Examination Order.