MCT4001 – Introduction to Music, Communication and Technology

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Course content

The aim of the course is to provide a broad introduction to the core topics of the Music, Communication and Technology master's programme and to establish a baseline of common knowledge of tools and practical skills to work from in the rest of the programme. In addition, this course will also prepare the student for collaborative work.

Learning outcome


Having completed the course, the student will: 

  • know strategies for working together in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams.
  • know about various tools and platforms for music, communication, and technology.
  • be familiar with general-purpose and audio-specific programming languages and have sufficient understanding to independently find necessary additional information.


Having completed the course, the student will: 

  • be able to use tools for asynchronous online collaboration and communication
  • be able to develop simple applications for offline and real-time applications for music
  • be able to critically reflect and assess applications made by her-/himself and others


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the Master's Programme Music, Communication and Technology.


The course is taught using a flipped classroom model and blended learning methods and it includes:

  • A one-week intensive introductory workshop with compulsory attendance.
  • 24 workshops of 2 hours with compulsory attendance.

In order to qualify for the exam, students must attend at least 20 out of 24 workshops and complete all compulsory assignments. In addition, the student must have attended the entirety of the one-week intensive introductory workshop. Read more about compulsory activities here.


Portfolio (70%)

The portfolio includes group and individual works developed within the compulsory assignments, such as real-time and offline music-related applications developed in both general-purpose and audio-specific programming languages.

Oral exam (30%)

The oral examination is mostly focused on the material selected for the portfolio.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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