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

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Aalto University

About this program

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

The major in Acoustics and Audio Technology gives fundamental knowledge about acoustical phenomena, human hearing and audio technologies, and facilitates students to apply this knowledge in practice. Acoustics and Audio Technology is one of the majors offered in the Master's Program in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS).

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 language of instruction is primarily English, and the program can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's Programs in Aalto University.

Admission criteria to the CCIS program is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with Programs 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

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory courses

  • Academic Skills in Master’s Studies
  • Master’s Thesis Process
  • Acoustical Measurements P
  • Virtual Acoustics
  • Communication Acoustics
  • Acoustics and the Physics of Sound
  • Audio Signal Processing P
  • Acoustics and Audio Technology Seminar P (varying content)

Optional courses

  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Applied Building Physics and Design
  • Building Materials Technology
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision
  • Convex Optimization I P
  • Design of Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Electroacoustics P
  • Emergent User interfaces
  • Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Machine Learning: Basic Principles
  • Noise Control
  • Signal Processing for Communications
  • Large Scale Data Analysis P
  • Special Assignment in Acoustics and Audio Technology P
  • Speech Processing
  • Speech Recognition
  • Statistical Natural Language Processing
  • Statistical Signal Processing
  • Mechanics of Beam and Frame Structures

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


Graduates of the program will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish).

Continuing studies

The program qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career paths

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.

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