Masters Programme

The Masters in Media and Arts Technology is our cross-disciplinary one-year full-time Postgraduate programme in creative computing, unique in the UK.

Be part of a new generation of designers, engineers and researchers who are applying digital innovation to the creative sector by combining human-computer interaction with creative computing. This MSc will teach you how to combine advanced technical and creative computing skills to shape digital transformation and improve lives.

  • Be taught by expert academics who are undertaking innovative and world-class research in creative computing.
  • Benefit from a flexible and cross-disciplinary programme structure organised around three themes: 1) Sound, Image, and Games, 2) Interaction, Intelligence, and Sensing and 3) Creative Industry.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests and choose from a wide variety of technical, practical and business-oriented modules.
  • Access to our state-of-the-art facilities including the world-class qMedia Studios, the Materials Processing Lab, MAT equipment and the Electronics Lab.
  • Wide range of career opportunities in industry and academia.

What you’ll study

You will undertake compulsory modules where you will learn creative computing techniques, interactive system design and user evaluation, and study data analytics methodologies and tools.

These compulsory modules will give you a common grounding in core technical and creative skills and ensure that you are able to develop enhanced skills through specialist options.

You will also choose from a wide range of elective module options which are split into three different themes:

  • Sound, Image, and Games: this theme is concerned with theoretical and practical skills for the production and computational analysis of audiovisual content, as well as perceptual perspectives on media
  • Interaction, Intelligence, and Sensing: this theme is concerned with theoretical and practical skills relevant for media and arts technology including creative computing, research methods, artificial intelligence for audiovisual media, advanced sensing and Internet of Things, robotics, and computational creativity
  • Creative Industry: this theme is concerned with strategic management of research and development for innovative technology-based organisations, including ethics, legal, and intellectual property aspects applied to advanced digital information processing

If you have no prior programming experience and want to develop Computer Science skills, you can choose computer programming elective modules in the first semester.

You will devise and carry out a major dissertation under the supervision of an academic within the School. Projects in collaboration with industrial partners are regularly proposed.

Structure

  • Four taught compulsory modules
  • Four taught elective modules
  • 60-credit MSc research project
Semester A Semester A
Two compulsory modules in each semester (60 credits)
ECS742P Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques ECS733P Interactive System Design
ECS712P Design for Human Interaction ECS784P Data Analytics
Two elective modules in each semester (60 credits)
ECS749P Sound Recording and Production tech. ECS7006P Music Informatics
ECS741P Music Perception and Cognition ECS7012P Music and Audio Programming
ECS709P Introduction to Computer Vision ECS7013P Deep Learning for Audio and Music
ECS762P Computer Graphics ECS795P Deep Learning and Computer Vision
ECS7003P Multi-Game Platform Development ECS7022P Computational Creativity
ECS7002P Artificial Intelligence in Games ECS612P Interactive Design
ECS7007P Research Methods & Responsible Innov. ECS757P Digial Media and Social Networks
ECS780P Computer Programming ECS736P Information Retrieval
ECS7009P Introduction to Software Engineering ECS794P Cognitive Robotics
ECS740P Database Systems DENM011 Robotics
ECS763P Natural Language Processing ECS745P Business Information Systems
ECS764P Applied Statistics ECS7025P Ethics, Regulation and Law in Advanced Digital Information Processing and Dec.
ECS783P Enabling Communication Tech. for IoT
ECS700P Electronic Sensing
ECS759P Artificial Intelligence
ECS766P Data Mining
Semesters B-C
One core module in semesters B-C (60 credits)
ECS751P MSc Project
Sound, Image, and Games Interaction, Intelligence, and Sensing Creative Industry

Details about the modules can be found here.

Testimonials

Sara Anne Wigglesworth

“Queen Mary is a welcoming institution and provides excellent facilities for its students. In the Media and Arts Technology Masters, I found rich opportunities to freely exercise my creative vision in many projects. My success in the programme would not have been possible without all the support I received from my classmates, professors, and the staff. I enjoyed every minute of it. My teachers were engaging, inspirational and continuously pushed me to advance my research!” — Sara Anne Wigglesworth, Media and Arts Technology Masters, 2019-20

Harold Opara

“This course relies on perseverance and the willingness to learn. The knowledge and skills that I gained throughout this programme, I now use in my everyday life. From developing my knowledge around project management to creative coding and new media technology, the Media and Arts Technology Masters has benefited my career as a professional musician. It has greatly improved my creativity and inspirations as I now incorporate computer-generated visualisations into my art, with the aim of creating novel audiovisual experiences for my audience. Great work is also recognised, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to co-author an international conference paper along with other brilliant individuals.” — Harold Opara (artist name Houston X), Media and Arts Technology Masters, 2019-20

How to apply

The MSc in Media and Arts Technology is a cross-disciplinary programme and we welcome applications from a range of backgrounds.

The programme is positioned to appeal to highly able students who possess technical scientific and/or creative skills related to fields of study in sciences, or arts and humanities. Relevant background disciplines include but are not limited to: computer science, electronic engineering, physics, mathematics, human-computer interaction, design, ergonomics, psychology, cognitive science, sociology, social science, computational linguistics, media and communication, new media, arts (e.g. visual arts, music, film, audio engineering, performing arts, photography), and architecture.

Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement at the level of a 2:1 or higher at undergraduate level in a relevant background discipline. Good 2:2 degrees are considered on an individual basis.

Applicants should have a clear aptitude for cross-disciplinary study and some programming or mathematical ability. Students will be able to develop complementary skills through the selection of specialist options.

IELTS requirements

6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

For more information about the programme including fees and funding, please visit the Coursefinder MAT MSc webpage.

​Application form

To apply for the MAT Masters Programme, you first need to register on the following platform: MAT MSc application on MySIS (Student Information System). Once you are registered, please log into MySIS, and complete the application form.

Here are some tips for completing the application form:

  1. Provide a CV including a weblink to personal work you wish to be considered;
  2. Provide a “statement of purpose” – a pdf document (maximum 2 sides A4) on why you want to do the course;
  3. Two references are required – either two academic, or one academic and one work related reference. Your academic referee must be able to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience.

The application deadline is 31st July each year.

If you are an overseas student there is helpful advice on our International pages and on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website. English language requirements are given on the Coursefinder MAT MSc webpage.

Coursefinder webpage

The MAT MSc Coursefinder webpage can be found here.

​Advice

Queries about the programme can be sent by email to the MAT MSc Programme Coordinator, Dr Mathieu Barthet (m.barthet@qmul.ac.uk). You can also contact the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science Postgraduate Administrator, Jennifer Richards (jennifer.richards@qmul.ac.uk), or the MAT Programme Manager, Jonathan Winfield (j.winfield@qmul.ac.uk).

For general enquiries on the application process, please email eecs-msc-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk.