Audio Communication Group

Audio Communication and Sonology

A Double-Degree Master Program

Audio Communication & Sonology is a joint master’s programme of the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin and the Royal Conservatoire’s Institute of Sonology in The Hague. It combines courses in acoustics, audio technology, signal processing and musicology at the Audio Communication Group of TU Berlin with in-depth study of the artistic aspects of electroacoustic music and sound art at Sonology.

Both departments have made important contributions to the development of electroacoustic music and new forms of acoustic media art since the 1960s, with a particular interest in sound spatialisation technologies and their artistic applications. Since 2000, international partnerships in this discipline have been strengthened by the Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship for Computer Music, awarded to TU Berlin by the German academic exchange programme DAAD, and the equivalent Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professorship established in The Hague in 2016.

Candidates will spend one year studying in Berlin (Audio Communication and Technology) and one year at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Sonology). Graduates of the programme earn a double degree that offers outstanding prospects for an international career, since it combines a Master of Science from the TU Berlin and a Master of Music in Sonology from the Royal Conservatoire.

The first year

The Audio Communication and Technology programme offers teaching and research opportunities in the areas of 3D audio technologies, technology and aesthetics of music media production, room acoustics and musical performance practices, media reception and empirical methods, electroacoustic music, musical information science and media art, and media and communication theory. Chairs involved in the programme include Audio Communication  (Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinzierl), Technical Acoustics (Prof. Dr. Ennes Sarradj), Quality and Usability (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Möller), and Media Studies (Prof. Dr. Stephan Günzel).

Technical facilities available include two electronic music studios with 8-channel and 12-channel playback and 192-channel wave field synthesis, a 3D Media Lab with stereoscopic 180° panorama projection and dynamic binaural synthesis, a large anechoic chamber and a reverberation chamber for acoustic measurements, and a wave field synthesis demonstration room with 832 channels and 2700 speakers installed.

The second year

The Master of Music in Sonology is focused on the realisation of individual research projects. Subject areas covered in Sonology include studio composition, computer programming, sound research, digital signal processing, algorithmic composition, live electronics, improvisation, sound art, field recording, the spatial aspects of sound, and the theory of electronic music.

Faculty members include Prof. Dr. Richard Barrett, Justin Bennett, Lex van den Broek, Raviv Ganchrow, Bjarni Gunnarsson, Paul Jeukendrup, Ji Youn Kang, Fani Konstantinidou, Johan van Kreij, Anne La Berge, Dr. Peter Pabon, Gabriel Paiuk, Irene Ruipérez Canales, Dr. Rebecca Schaefer, Dr. Kees Tazelaar and Rebekah Wilson.

Sonology avails itself of the Royal Conservatoire’s two excellent concert halls for its regular concert presentations. Every year the students perform the results of the final exams at a festival in June. The well-equipped studios enable students to produce and record their projects at a professional level. Sound playback in these studios varies between four and eight channels, as well as wave field synthesis. There is a studio for live electronic music, and a historic studio principally equipped with analogue equipment. The electronics workshop offers the facility to design and build equipment for specific purposes.


The aim of the programme is

  • to enable students to become artistically informed researchers and scientifically educated artists in the fields of electroacoustic music, sound art and creative industries,
  • to enable students to acquire a double European scientific and artistic education with a view to starting a fully international career, and
  • to enable students to graduate from both institutions and to obtain two master's degrees, including a master degree in Audio Communication and Technology (M.Sc.) from TU Berlin and a master degree in Sonology (M.Mus.) from the University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. 


Selection and Admission

Students are selected and admitted to the exchange programme based on their academic, artistic, personal and linguistic qualifications. The selection is carried out in collaboration between the two institutions. Admission of students is always at the discretion of the host institution.

The deadline for application to the exchange is 15 February for the current year. The deadline for notification of any exchange student is 15 April for the current year.

With the application for the exchange programme, students have to

  • show proficiency in English at least on a level equivalent to the evaluation scales IELTS (6,0) or TOEFL (ibT level 83).
  • submit a research project proposal.

The University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire agrees to accept as a host university each year up to 6 students.

Tuition Fees and Costs

All TU students – including exchange students as part of this Double Degree Programme – are subject to paying a fee per semester that covers the social security contribution (Sozialbeitrag) and free public transport in Berlin and the Berlin region. This compulsory fee is not a tuition fee.
All University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire students – including exchange students as part of this Double Degree Programme – are subject to paying the regular tuition fees per academic year. See:

Students will be responsible for covering the cost of travel to the host country and living costs during their stay, including accommodation, books, equipment, consumables, language tuition prior to the commencement of coursework (where necessary), student union fee (if applicable) and other expenses arising out of the exchange. Each institution may offer financial aid to their outgoing students.


The host establishment will render assistance to the incoming students in finding appropriate accommodation.


The dual degree programme is open to TU Berlin students enrolled in the Audio Communication and Technology master programme who successfully completed the mandatory modules up to 39 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) plus elective modules up to 21 ECTS. The TU Berlin part of the double degree must be finished within the duration of one academic year.

Upon successful completion of this curriculum, the selected students will attend University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire in the Netherlands and complete a research project up to 30 ECTS, mandatory courses up to 20 ECTS plus elective courses up to 10 ECTS in Sonology and will write a master's thesis as part of the research outcomes. The University of the Arts Royal Conservatoire part of the double degree must be finished within the duration of one academic year.


  • Proficiency in German at least on level TDN 4 / TestDaF of CEFR.
  • Mathematical knowledge on engineering basic studies level (Analysis I, Linear Algebra)
  • Knowledge of a programming language or a computer algebra system


Curriculum Overview

Semester 1  Semester 2  Semester 3  Semester 4   
Pflichtmodule / Compulsory Courses            
AKT 1-1Digitale Signalverarbeitung6AKT 5aElektroakustik und Raumakustik6KC-M-SO-COZSpecialisation Composing/Programming/ Performance/Research14KC-M-SO-COZSpecialisation Composing/Programming/ Performance/Research14 
AKT 1-2Grundlagen Elektrotechnik6AKT 7aMusikinformatik und Medienkunst I6KC-M-SO-COLQColloquium4KC-M-SO-COLQColloquium4 
AKT 1-3Grundlagen Musikwissenschaft6AKT 8Virtuelle Akustik6KC-M-SO-RSResearch Seminar Participation / Research Seminar Presentation4KC-M-SO-RSResearch Seminar Participation / Research Seminar Presentation4 
AKT 1-4Einführung in die Kultur- und Geisteswissenschaften6           
Aus den Modulen AKT 1-1 bis AKT 1-4 ist in Absprache mit den Studierenden eines auszuwählen, um aus dem jeweiligen Bachelor­studium resultierende Defizite im ingenieur­wissen­schaftlichen oder im kulturwissenschaftlichen Bereich auszugleichen.            
AKT 2Empirisch-wissenschaftliches Arbeiten6          
AKT 4Grundlagen Akustik9          
Summe 21Summe 18Summe 22Summe 22 
Wahlpflichtmodule / Electives            
Module aus dem Wahlpflichtbereich „Audiokommunikation und –technologie“ / Electives from the Module Catalogue „Audio Communication and Technology“            
Summe 9Summe 12Summe 8Summe 8