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Master's program in Audio Communication and Technology


The master's program in Audio Communication and Technology covers the production, transmission and perception of technically mediated auditory and audiovisual communication.  Topics include the generation, transmission and distribution of content, individual and societal empirical research, and media design and editing in consideration of technical, dramaturgical and aesthetic concerns. These interdisciplinary subjects will be taught via a wide network of courses at the TU Berlin. Successfully graduating students are awarded the "Master of Science" (M.Sc.). The program is organized by the Audio Communication Group at the TU Berlin. Until the winter term of 2008/09, the program was previously entitled "Media Communication and Technology" (MA).

Teaching and Research

The master's degree offers teaching and research opportunities in the following areas of focus:

  • 3D audio technologies
  • Technology and aesthetics of the music media production
  • Room acoustics and musical performance practices
  • Media reception and empirical methods
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Musical information science and media art
  • Passive and active noise control
  • Audio and video data compression
  • Architectures and protocols for communication networks
  • IT security and open source development
  • Media and communication theory
  • International media context
  • New Media and Education
  • Intercultural Communication and Cooperation

Building upon solid technical skills and communication science, students within the program may specialize in any of these areas.

Chairs involved

Chairs involved in the degree program:

Audio Communication
Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinzierl

Engineering Acoustics
Prof. Dr. Ennes Sarradj

Media studies
Prof. Dr. Stephan Günzel

Information Systems Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Tai / Dr.-Ing. Frank Pallas

Communication Systems
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Sikora

Electronics and Medical Signal Processing
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Orglmeister

Quality and Usability Lab
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Möller

Technical facilities

Technical facilities are available for teaching and research

  • Two Electronic Studios with 8-channel and 12-channel playback and 192-channel wave field synthesis
  • A 3D Media Lab with steroscopic 180° panorama projection and dynamic binauralsynthesis
  • A large anechoic chamber (1000 m3) and a reverberation chamber for acoustic measurements
  • A wave field synthesis representation room with 832 channels and 2700 speakers installed


AudioSculpt / Csound / Cubase VST / DigaSystem / EASE/EASERA / Final Cut Studio / Finale / Live / MATLAB / MAX/MSP & Jitter / Monkey Forest / Peak / Pro Tools TDM / Reaktor / Sequoia / Supercollider / TH-S

Study design

The program is designed to last four semesters including the Master's thesis. With 20 mandatory, compulsory elective and free elective course modules, students acquire 120 credits, which correspond to 3600 hours of work. With the successful completion of the program, the academic degree "Master of
Science" (M. Sc.) is awarded.


Graduates of the program are qualified to work in media production, technology, aesthetics, art and science, and generally to activities for which a double qualification in humanities and technical expertise is important.

For example, graduates may be active in production, editing and consulting for media as well as research, technical development, and evaluation in public institutions and the private sector, or even in the cultural sector. Graduates can participate in software and hardware A/V development, the media arts, media reception research and the application of room acoustic design and sound planning, noise control and acoustic and psychoacoustic research. Graduates are even qualified for activities in the production of audiovisual content, sound and image media production, online distribution, technical administration of media production processes, editing radio, television and online media, and/or editorial and technical support of cultural events.

Admission requirements and application

Entry requirement is a from a German or foreign university acquired bachelor's, master's or graduate degree in a science, engineering, humanities or social sciences, an artistic-scientific, business or legal terminology or equivalent teaching qualification.

Candidates should demonstrate good knowledge of English, good knowledge of higher mathematics (calculus, linear algebra), as well as knowledge of a programming language or a computer algebra system by study units or appropriate qualifications. It is possible for foreign qualifications to be recognized.  The master's program in audio communication and technology is restricted (numerus clausus). The program starts in the winter semester, for futher information about application deadlines please refer to the TU Berlin websites.

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