University of Derby

Applied Acoustics

If you're a professional acoustician looking for your next challenge or a graduate with a passion to investigate the role of acoustics in a range of environments, this course is perfect for you. The course offers a convenient fast-track route to a masters degree for those who already hold the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control. You will enter the MSc at the masters stage - your study will involve the completion of a research-based investigation, which can be practical or desktop-based, and will culminate in the submission of a thesis. Your study can be work-based to help meet both your and your employer's needs . For work-based investigations, we will work with you and your employer to ensure you achieve the academic goals required for an MSc award. The study will normally take one year to complete and can be tailored to match your research interests. All of your learning materials will be available through online materials so you can fit the course in with your work and personal commitments. There are a number of online classrooms that you can participate in, as well as recorded presentations by our teaching team. Our students use equipment available at their workplace but also take advantage of our specialist equipment, including our building acoustics measurement systems, associated noise software, integrating sound level meters and dose badges. There's currently a shortage of noise consultants in the UK. Gaining the MSc will pave the way to more senior roles in industry, consultancy, local authorities and statutory bodies. The course will help you to secure roles in areas such as architectural acoustics, audio engineering, environmental noise, noise control and product sound, and underwater acoustics. Past students have gone on to work for Vibrock, White Young Green, Aecom, Campbell Associates and Wardell Armstrong.

Course modules

Module: independent scholarly activity.

Assessment methods

Assessment is entirely through coursework assignments. There are no examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,240 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 775 per Module (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 775 per Module (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 755 per Module (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time January 2018 GBP 755 per Module (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus DE22 1GB East Midlands

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