Music and Acoustic Engineering

Politecnico di Milano

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
3898 EUR/year
895 EUR/year
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The Music and Acoustic Engineering programme at the Politecnico Di Milano forms experts and designers who are able to face consolidated as well as emerging technological challenges in the audio, music and acoustics areas. 


Students of the Music and Acoustic Engineering programme at the Politecnico Di Milano learn to make synergistic use of a multi-disciplinary knowledge ranging from computer science to telecommunications, from computational acoustics to numerical modeling/analysis, from electroacoustics to vibrational and room acoustics. 

Career opportunities

"Music and Acoustic Engineering" is an offshoot of Computer Science and Engineering, and its graduates can count on a wide availability of well-payed positions, which is typical of this sector. Its graduates, however, can capitalize on their strong background in computer science as well as in signal processing and acoustics, which creates opportunities in the areas of musical acoustics, environment acoustics and electroacoustics, depending on the choice of “affine” and complementary courses of their study plan.  

The "Acoustic Engineering" track gives the student the opportunity to gather expertise in the design and production of musical instruments (acoustic, electronic, and digital); high-end loudspeakers and transducers; P.A. systems and audio amplification/diffusion systems, which are all areas of international interest, where Italy has a strong and long-standing tradition. Another sector where Italy excels is that of microelectronics, especially as far as audio MEMS devices and other types of vibro-acoustic sensors are concerned. Other work opportunities are in the area of acoustic surveys and design of listening environments. The number of positions in this area is growing, especially in the public sector, which is particularly interested in dealing with acoustic pollution and in improving the acoustic comfort. There is also a number of companies that do not specifically operate in the audio or acoustic area, but are still interested in studying, designing and monitoring the amount and the quality of noise emissions (e.g. the timbral qualities of the noise produced by domestic appliances or by cars), or the acoustic comfort and the acoustic design of acoustic signals (e.g. in elevators, or in car interiors), or the noise level of devices and systems (e.g. fan noise in computers, rolling noise of car tires, etc.). 

The "Music Engineering" track, focuses on building a strong background in computer science and in signal processing, which paves the way toward engineering jobs in all the areas concerning creation, analysis, organization, managing and rendering of audio and of multimedia content. The most representative companies in this area are music production labels and music distributors, radio and TV broadcasting companies (both national and private), advertising agencies, and the companies that offer audio and audio-video streaming services. Particularly interesting is also the sector focusing on audience intelligence, or on advertisement monitoring (both over radio and TV broadcasts, and over social media) for automated user profiling as well as content personalization. 

Many are the companies, particularly international corporations, which address the audio consumer market. In these companies Music Engineers can play a relevant role, thanks to their strong background in signal processing algorithms. This expertise is also very attractive for companies in the area of microelectronics and MEMS for audio consumer applications. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Area Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing
  • Multimedia Signal Processing
  • Area Electronics and Electroacoustics
  • Electronics for Sound Engineering
  • Area Creative Computing
  • Area Computational Acoustics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor Degree in a related field. Preference to graduates in Computer Science and Engineering and in Information and Communications Technology.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3898 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3898 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    895 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 895 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • Tuition fees for EEA students range from about 895,20 € to 3898,20 € for year.
  • Tuition fees for Non-EEA students correspond automatically to the full contribution of 3898,20€. 


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