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MA in Sonic Arts


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The MA in Sonic Arts is a one year full-time taught programme that covers multiple aspects of sound, creativity and technology. The course takes advantage of the international cross-disciplinary team and the unique studio and performance facilities at the Sonic Arts Research Centre.

The first semester provides students with a grounding in the field of Sonic Arts and with a detailed insight into sound and its related technologies.  

The second semester allows students to focus on current developments in Sonic Arts by enabling them to choose two specialised modules.

The programme culminates in a supervised summer research  project in the student’s chosen subject area.  The research project is also an opportunity to develop skills in cross-disciplinary work by contributing to larger scale commissions and funded projects at SARC.

Students will also engage in two research methods modules run by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Creative Arts.  This will provide an opportunity for students to engage with others across the Faculty in the exploration of broad interdisciplinary themes that will provide a valuable intellectual context for their postgraduate studies.

The MA in Sonic Arts has been running at Queen’s since 1992 and has proven to be extremely successful in preparing graduates for careers in industry, academic research and creative practice.


Autumn Semester:
In the first semester, students must participate in the Sonic Arts seminar series, and will study the modules below.

Sonic Arts Audio Principles and Techniques

Spring Semester:
In the spring semester, students choose any two of the following five modules.

Spatial Audio Composition Performance Computational Acoustics Sound Art and Design Independent Study
Summer Semester:

All Year
Students are required to participate in research modules delivered by the Faculty and School of Creative Arts.

Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Research Methods in the Creative Arts


Module descriptions

Reading List

Please contact Dr St├ęphanie Bertet  if you would like further information about this course. 


Fees: Click here to view the current University fees for degree programmes.

Funding: MA Funding

Please note - this programme may not run with less than 10 students enrolled.

Apply: Click here to apply