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New technologies - immersive sound, virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence - are changing the way people experience and interact with sound. The use of different approaches to classic measuring equipment and the development of new techniques and disruptive concepts make Acoustics, Vibrations and Audio areas undergoing great evolution.

All of this dynamic means that professionals with technical and scientific training will be needed to face the new challenges and opportunities. The New Approaches in Applied Acoustics and Audio, PG-N4A, postgraduate course addresses this necessity, exploring all the functionalities of equipment and analysis platforms and introducing the new paradigms that future professionals will face.

Considering market needs, this course addresses the most important topics in the fields of Acoustics, Vibrations and Audio/Sound - Architectural and environmental acoustics, Installation/tuning of sound reinforcement systems, Immersive sound for perception of the real sound field, Virtual and Augmented reality in music, Artificial Intelligence in fault diagnosis, Vibration control in industry - and its main objectives are: 

  • Increase professional skills by updating knowledge in the area of sound; 
  • Increase the quality and competitiveness of companies and services; 
  • Diversify the training offer in the area of sound and related areas.



  • The course lasts for 37 weeks over 2 semesters, with a total of 360 contact hours. 
  • Classes take place after work hours, on Thursdays and Fridays (between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm) and on occasional  Wednesdays (at UC Seminar I and II). 
  • Theoretical-practical classes will preferably be taught in person at ISEL's facilities, with possible transmission via video conference. Therefore, it will not be mandatory for students to go to ISEL more than once a week. 
  • For each topic covered, the theoretical foundation is presented and a varied set of practical cases studied, in both classroom and lab environments. Additionally, field work ensures the study of in-situ real situations of different sound environments.
  • As the course has a strong practical component, we will have a variety of work tools at our disposal. Practical classes will be taught in the Audio and Acoustics Laboratory and in the ISEL Immersive Sound Room, equipped with a multichannel sound system with 40 speakers.  


  • Application €53
  • Registration €55
  • School insurance €5


Tuition fees 

The N4A tuition fee is €2000. Payment can be partitioned into three installments, the first in the amount of €500, paid upon registration, the second in the amount of €750, and the third in the amount of €750.

Within the scope of the Adults Impulse Program of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, this Postgraduate Program grants scholarships for students based on merit and as an incentive to female students.


Numerus clausus

The postgraduate course in New Approaches in Applied Acoustics and Audio admits up to 15 students.


 Legislation and regulations

pdfDespacho nº 8887/2022, de 20 de julho – Homologação do curso de pós-graduação em Novas Abordagens em Acústica Aplicada e Áudio

pdfRegulamento Geral dos Cursos de ​Pós-Graduação

pdfRegulamento de Creditação de Competências do Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa


Target audience

The contents of N4A are pertinent for a wide range of professionals, such as municipal technicians; environmental inspectors; higher education teachers; architects; environmental inspectors; IPAC accredited laboratory technicians; acoustic and noise control technicians; acoustic and vibration laboratory technicians; technicians from consulting companies; sound technicians; sound reinforcement system installation designers; audio restoration technicians; research in the area of sound; electroacoustic musicians; sound performance artists.



The postgraduate course New Approaches in Applied Acoustics and Audio is aimed at students trained in this area and related areas and for professionals who work or intend to work in them, namely:

  • Candidates holding a higher education degree or equivalent in the areas of engineering sciences, in the specialties branches of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Materials Engineering and others considered related.
  • Candidates with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting their ability to carry out this cycle of studies.
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