Master's Programme (M.Sc.E.) 



Aalborg University, Denmark, EU



Department of Acoustics

1 and 1/2 Year Masters Course in English

Aalborg University now offers a Master of Science programme (M.Sc.E.) in Acoustics. The programme is aimed at students with a 
B. Sc. in electronic engineering or an equivalent degree. 

Studying in Aalborg

The city of Aalborg is situated in the northern part of Denmark. Aalborg University was established in 1974 and occupies approximately 10.000 students. Education and research are carried out at the highest level within technical and natural science, social science, and humanities.

The study form differs from that of most other universities. The education is problem-orientated, and the main part of the study consists of working on projects in student groups of 3-6 members. This is obvious at the first sight of the University - the campus is dominated by the numerous group rooms for students.

A number of courses are given primarily in the beginning of the semester, and for the international M. Sc. programme in Acoustics these courses are all offered in English.

Each semester has its own theme for projects and associated courses. Engineering projects usually comprise design and implementation of an electronic system. More research-orientated projects may include planning and execution of a small scale scientific experiment. Most projects in the M. Sc. programme are carried out in close cooperation with research activities.

Students are accepted for the entire programme, or for single semesters as part of student exchange programmes.

Study Course

The study course is divided into three semesters. In the two first semesters study time is divided equally between project work and lectures, while the last semester is completely dedicated to the master thesis work.
  • 1. semester. Theme: Digital signal processing applied to signals of acoustic origin
  • 2. semester. Theme: Acoustics
  • 3. semester. Theme: Master thesis in acoustics
  • Candidate profile

    The M. Sc. programme in Acoustics covers many work areas, and qualifies to a wide range of jobs. Career opportunities for the candidate include:

    Department of Acoustics

    The M. Sc. programme in Acoustics is taught primarily by the staff of the Department of Acoustics. The department is part of the Institute of Electronic Systems. The institute has a scientific staff of 250 and the main research areas are telecommunications, control engineering, speech technology, medical informatics, digital signal processing, image analysis, sensory motor interaction, robotics, distributed systems, personal communication, mathematics, computer science, and acoustics.

    The Department of Acoustics holds a staff of 13-14 scientific members. Research activities focus on three main areas: Recording and reproduction technique, human sound perception, and computer simulated auditory environments.

    Work at the department with recording and reproduction techniques has mainly focused on binaural technology, including large scale measurement series on human subjects. A substantial body of work in this field has led to a leading position in the world, and has enabled design of a high quality artificial head, 'Valdemar'.

    Work with human sound perception includes investigations into perception of direction and distance, effects of noise, and measuring hearing thresholds and loudness perception. As an example, the department is currently involved in the revision of the classic loudness level contours, work that requires a substantial amount of listening tests and statistics.

    The work with binaural technology has also formed the basis of the work with computer simulated auditory environments. The generation of authentic sound corresponding to fictive acoustic surroundings can be applied within e.g. architecture ('listening to a concert hall before it is built'), interactive virtual reality, and teleconferencing. A dedicated workbench for auditory virtual environments is under development.

    Why international studies?

    Engineering students of today ask for more than just technical skills. They know that once an educated engineer they are likely to work with colleagues of other nationalities, and they want to be prepared for the international collaboration they foresee.

    For others the explanation is simply that they never found the study course they looked for at home. Going abroad may seem to be a high price to pay for a professional interest, but students of today are not discouraged by having to face foreign cultures. On the contrary - they seem to enjoy it!

    Students also want their studies to be fun. Quite many ask for student exchange even though they are fully satisfied with the study course they are following. They just look for a break from a long period in familiar surroundings. 

    "During the last few years the Department of Acoustics has had quite a few enquiries from foreign students, who wish to study one or more semesters at our department. As head of the department I am grateful for their interest in our education, and very happy to announce the international master's programme in acoustics now offered by Aalborg University.

    Candidates from our department have pursued careers in various fields of acoustics, e.g. consulting, loudspeaker development, hearing aid development, cellular phones, and measurement equipment. We try to give our students a broad background in acoustics but also to involve the students in our research activities. We offer facilities of a very high standard, among other things including an anechoic room, a reverberation room, a standard listening room, infrasound facilities, an auditory virtual reality workbench, and high quality measurement equipment.

    If you consider a career in acoustics with the benefits of an international study period, please feel free to ask for more information".

    Henrik Møller
    Professor, head of the Department of Acoustics

    Practical Details

    Students are required to have obtained a B. Sc. in electronic engineering or an equivalent degree from a recognised university or engineering college and to have achieved a reasonable standard of average. Skills in mathematics and signal processing on an engineering level are necessary. All candidates must be proficient in the English language.

    Students wishing to study for a single semester only, are encouraged to require information on the University's student exchange programmes.

    It is recommended that applications are submitted well in advance of the beginning of the semester. Priority will be given to applications received early.

    Aalborg University has a long tradition and much experience in student exchange, and the International Office can be of assistance with accommodation and other practical matters. Normally, this assistance is offered only if the application is received at least three months before the beginning of the semester.

    For further information

    If you wish to receive further information and an application form for the international Master of Science programme in Acoustics, please contact:
            E-Study Board
            Aalborg University
            Fredrik Bajers Vej 7 B2
            DK-9220 Aalborg Ø
            Telephone       +45 9635 8699
            Telefax         +45 9815 3768

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