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Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology

The major in Acoustics and Audio Technology equips students with a fundamental understanding of human hearing, audio perception, and physics of sound. The skills they acquire enable, for example, reducing noise pollution, planning harmonic environments and designing coherent sound experiences.
Three Aalto University students working in a acoustics laboratory

Examen:

Diplomingenjör

Ansökningsperiod:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

Undervisningsspråk:

engelska

Längd:

2 år, heltidsstudier

Behörighet:

Lämplig lägre högskoleexamen

Utbildningsområde:

Det tekniska utbildningsområdet

Studiepoäng:

120 studiepoäng

Högskola:

Högskolan för elektroteknik

Läsårsavgifter:

€15000/år (magister studier) för studeranden från länder utanför EU/EES

Ansökningsperioden börjar 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

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Study objectives

Much of the built environment does not sound the way it does by chance but because someone designed it so. Acoustic engineering is an exciting future-proof field that shapes how the world sounds: it can, for example, help reduce noise pollution to make way for more harmonic environments and coherent sound experiences. The major in Acoustics and Audio Technology prepares students for outstandingly diverse career prospects and equips them with a fundamental understanding of human hearing, audio perception, and physics of sound. This is a one-of-a-kind Master’s programme with internationally renowned and award-winning professors as well as world-class study facilities, including the newly renovated Aalto Acoustics Lab.

Upon graduating from the Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Acoustics and Audio Technology, graduates will have:

  • Wealth of knowledge and skills to engineer a better sounding world. Graduates possess the knowledge and skills to take on leading positions in their desired career field.
  • Fundamental understanding of what is important from the human hearing point of view. Graduates are able to measure, understand perceptual aspects, and design the kind of acoustics that put the human listener first.
  • Extensive knowledge to conduct independent research and experiments. Graduates have the skills, understanding and support needed to practically solve acoustic and audio design cases.
  • Confidence in perceptual decision-making. Graduates know how to rely on the available sensory information and foster greater critical thinking when faced with problems to solve.
  • A sustainable approach to sound engineering. Graduates have learnt to master resource efficiency and some of them specialise in noise reduction which significantly contributes to better and more sustainable environments.

Contents of the studies

The programme provides students with vast knowledge, expertise, and experience for them to improve and transform the way we hear the world. Results from recent research in acoustics and sound engineering are integrated in the courses. Sustainability is deeply integrated into the studies, both in terms of resource-efficient learning methods and topics that contribute to a healthier environment. To give an example of the future-facing content, one growing field is audio engineering for telepresence and 3D virtual reality technologies. 

All the major courses of Acoustics and Audio Technology are intended to be studied during the first year of master’s studies. Thereafter, students can choose from a range of optional courses and specialise in an area of their choice such as audio processing, building acoustics, noise control, or speech technology. The spring term of the second year is dedicated to the Master's thesis.

Topics

All topics covered are targeted to enable students to excel in engineering for the human experience – there is always a human listener at the end of the acoustic communication channel. A central subject area is technical psychoacoustics, which covers acoustical and audio technologies that are based on the understanding of human hearing mechanisms. In the programme, students have the opportunity to delve deeper in their areas of interests, that are listed, but not limited to:

  • Audio Signal Processing (5 ECTS)
  • Speech Processing (5 ECTS)
  • Noise Control (5 ECTS)
  • Computer Graphics (5 ECTS)
  • Building Materials Technology (5 ECTS)
  • Electroacoustics (5 ECTS)
  • Virtual Acoustics (5 ECTS)

See the programme curriculum

Methods

The programme is characterised by cutting-edge research which is also strongly incorporated in the teaching. Students benefit from 24/7 access to world-class acoustic laboratories, including three anechoic chambers, a standardised multichannel listening room, a variable acoustics room, sound-proof listening booths, and immersive audiovisual environments.

Practical experiments and exercises are an essential part of the learning methods. Students have practical assignments, get involved in building prototypes, and keep learning diaries. Our personnel favors assessment through submission of coursework and projects rather than exam-based assessments. The programme is also known for its excellent links with the audio industry which further strengthens the invaluable hands-on and real-life learning experiences.

Janne Pietilä/ Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology/ image: Lauri Viljavuori

Student Janne Pietilä: Studies in acoustics have also provided new perspectives on musical interests

According to Janne Pietilä, the employment prospects in acoustics and audio technology are good, as experts are needed in virtual reality production as well as in construction

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Aalto University acoustics and audio technology student Lauros Pajunen

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In his free time Eero-Pekka plays the guitar and produces music.

Sound is a pleasant thing to study

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Structure of the studies

The Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology is organised by the School of Electrical Engineering and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Major studies (40-60 ECTS)
  • Possible minor studies (20-25 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (25-30 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

See the programme curriculum on the student portal Into

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Master's thesis

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.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market and are set for a vast number of career opportunities in both vocational and academic fields. Since the topics taught are universal by nature, graduates can take their skills to any country in the world. Many of the students begin their career in R&D positions and later may move to sales and management positions. Some of our alumni have embarked on entrepreneurial journeys or pursued doctoral studies.

Examples of career paths our graduates have taken include:

  • Audio DSP engineer in the R&D department of big international companies, such as Nokia, Huawei, Microsoft, Apple, or Dolby
  • Acoustical consultant in the field of environmental noise or building acoustics in consulting firms such as Akukon, A-Insinöörit, or Helimäki Acoustics in Finland as well as in large international companies like Arup or AECOM
  • Acoustics and noise control expert in the heavy industry, such as ABB and Kone
  • Product development in small- and medium-scale firms and startup companies, such as Genelec, Neural DSP Technologies, Yousician, or Noiseless Acoustics
  • Entrepreneur in the field of radical innovation, with a focus on product innovation (e.g. speakers, headphones, or music technology)

Aalto University has well-established career services to support students’ employment in Finland and abroad. Thanks to the flexible curriculum, many Aalto students work already during their studies and guarantee themselves entry positions before graduation. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, working as a springboard for founding a company.

Aalto University / A girl sitting on sand with sunglasses on / Laura McLeod

Alumnus Laura McLeod: In Aalto, you have the freedom to explore and learn new skills

Acoustics and Audio Technology major gave Laura McLeod the opportunity to combine her two fields of passion: music and physics

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Craig Rollo / Aalto University alumni/ Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology

Alumnus Craig Rollo has the music enthusiastic’s dream job

Because Craig Rollo wanted a job related to music, studying Acoustics and Audio Technology was the perfect choice for him

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International opportunities

The Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology brings together a highly multicultural group of students – over half of them come from outside Finland. There are multiple opportunities to develop one’s global competence, such as spending a semester or taking a summer course at one of Aalto University’s partner universities around the globe. Some students carry out their practical training or even master’s thesis research abroad.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through their studies, but also through multiple free time events, celebrations and extracurricular activities around the campus. Active tutoring programs and support services work hard to help international students integrate to the Nordic culture and feel at home in Finland.

Post-graduate studies

The Master’s programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology at Aalto is considered as a great foundation for doctoral studies. The same professors supervise doctoral students and teach courses in the research field of Acoustics and Speech Technology.

Language of instruction

In the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Acoustics and Audio Technology, the language of instruction is English. The entire programme is taught in English and over half of the programme’s students are from outside Finland.

Study-option-specific application instructions

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language tests, please contact [email protected]

For enquiries regarding the content of programme, the studies at the School of Electrical Engineering and the study option specific documents please contact [email protected]

Get to know us

Sound is a pleasant thing to study

For his master's thesis Eero-Pekka Damskägg developed a sound microscope that alters the duration of playback of sound recordings while allowing the recording to sound the same in other respects.

In his free time Eero-Pekka plays the guitar and produces music.

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