Music Informatics

Information on the Music Informatics specialist area

The Music Informatics specialist area gives an opportunity to study the structure, behaviour and interactions of natural and engineered systems engaged in musical activity. This can be done from the view of physical modeling of musical sounds and instruments; machine analysis of music, in real time or otherwise; using computers in many ways in the production of music and sound in general; and in studying musical interaction between (natural or artificial) performers.

Students should take, in addition to IRR and IRP, at least 30 credit points of courses from Informatics/PPLS, and 30 credit points from the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). There may be restrictions on numbers taking some ECA courses. Courses in ECA count for 20 credit points.

Students registered in this Specialist Area must select at least fifty credit points from these courses, including any compulsory courses.  Please note courses are subject to availability.

 Video introduction to the specialism (.mp4)


Semester 1 Semester 2
Core Course


Music Informatics

Optional Courses

Computational Cognitive Science (level 10)

Computer Graphics

Human-Computer Interaction

Introductory Applied Machine Learning (20 credits, level 10)

Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition (20 credits)

Adaptive Learning Environments 1

Automatic Speech Recognition

The Human Factor: Working with Users

Probabilistic Modelling and Reasoning (20 credits)

Machine Learning Practical (20 credits, full year)

Optional External Courses

Postgraduate Musical Applications of Fourier Theory and Digital Signal Processing (20 credits)

Real-Time Performance Strategies and Design (20 credits)

Sonic Structures (20 credits)

Sound Design Media (20 credits)

Speech Processing

Digital Media Studio Project (20 credits)

Interactive Sound Environments (20 credits)

Non Real-Time Systems (20 credits)


Related links

Informatics Sortable Course List

Informatics Course Timetable