Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology
The studies concentrate on the fields of electroacoustics, room and building acoustics, noise, musical acoustics, and audio signal processing. A central subject area is technical psychoacoustics, which covers acoustical and audio technologies that are based on the understanding of human hearing mechanisms. These fields together constitute communication acoustics in which a human listener always exists at the end of the acoustic communication channel.
The objective of the major is that after graduation you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills flexibly in different tasks in the industry and the academia. You will be able to measure, understand the perceptual aspects, and design, e.g., the acoustics of a classroom or a loudspeaker. In addition, you have good skills in audio signal processing and you understand what is important from the human hearing point of view.
We are looking for students who are interested in music, hearing, sound reproduction, audio signal processing or sound in general. To succeed in our curriculum, your bachelor studies should contain basic university physics, mathematics and digital signal processing.
Our graduates typically find their careers in the fields of mobile technologies, sound recording and reproduction, audio coding, music technology, hearing aid industry, audio signal processing, acoustic measurements, room and building acoustics, or in environmental noise.
Many of the students do their master’s thesis in the industry and begin their career in R&D positions. Later on, they may move to sales and management positions, some of them become entrepreneurs.
Typical roles in the industry are:
- Audio DSP engineer in big international companies, such as Nokia, Huawei, Microsoft, Apple, or Dolby
- Acoustical consultant working in the field of environmental noise or building acoustics
- Acoustics/noise expert in the heavy industry, such as ABB, Kone or Wärtsilä
- Product development in small-scale firms and startup companies, such as Genelec or Noiseless Acoustics
The program provides also an excellent basis for doctoral studies. Both the School of Electrical Engineering and the School of Science have high-quality doctoral programs. Many successful students work first as research assistants, do their master’s thesis at the department, and later continue as doctoral students.
Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish).
The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).
More about the language of instruction
The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish. More information is available in the General information about studies page (aalto.fi).
Structure of the studies
The master's degree (120 ECTS) is composed of studies in the major (40-65 ECTS), possible minor (20-25 ECTS), elective studies (25-35 ECTS), and master's thesis (30 ECT).
Elective studies may include a minor subject.
Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The topic of the thesis is agreed upon by the student and the supervising professor. Master's theses are typically written for one of the research projects of the department(s) in question or related industry.
The study environment in the programme is strongly international, and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Electrical Engineering offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be easily included in the degree e.g. as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.
Co-operation with other parties
Aalto University and the departments involved in the programme collaborate with many high-quality universities world-wide. Aalto is also a member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) ICT Labs. The CCIS programme is organized in close co-operation with the EIT ICT Labs Master's School.
Programme-specific admission requirements
Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes in the field of science and technology.
Admission criteria to the CCIS programme is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics or physics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in the required areas.
Required background for the Acoustics and Audio technology major:
- mathematics (linear algebra, Fourier analysis, probability theory, and statistics)
- physics (classical physics and mechanics)
- digital signal processing
- applied signal processing (audio and speech processing)
- programming skills
Knowledge of the following areas is considered an advantage:
- music or musical instruments
- recording, mixing, and reproduction of sound
- design and building of audio equipment
Required application documents
In addition to the mandatory application documents, applicants to the CCIS programme are requested to provide the following additional documents:
- at least one original recommendation letter (preferably academic)
- GRE or GMAT test results, if available
- official transcript of records for other university studies which are not included in the mandatory part of the application
- copies of any publications
- work certificates and certificates of other relevant achievements
- course descriptions of courses taken in relevant subject areas (see the subject lists above)
The application should explain the full educational history of the applicant.
Applicant’s motivation letter (compulsory part of the online application form) should be written in English. Also additional application documents described above (recommendations letter(s), course descriptions, work or other certificates, and publications) should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.
For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language tests, please contact [email protected].
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