University of Derby

Acoustics and Noise Control

From an industrial drill to an aircraft in flight, acousticians investigate ways of quietening machines whilst also analysing their vibrations. On this course, you will build the skills to understand the impact of acoustics in everyday scenarios. You'll use specialist equipment, including our building acoustics measurement systems, associated noise software, integrating sound level meters and dose badges. Our teaching team are all experienced acousticians and members of the Institute of Acoustics, taking an active role in Institute affairs and committees. We also make use of local consultants who provide guest lectures in specialist areas to give you a real world insight into this fascinating industry. Once you've completed the course, you'll be in an excellent position to apply for roles within 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

Modules include: general principles of acoustics; laboratory and experimental methods; project; building acoustics; regulation and assessment of noise; environmental noise: prediction, measurement and control; noise and vibration control engineering.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. Coursework is comprised of laboratory reports and a small number of nationally-set assignments. The examinations normally take place in June, and there are 3 examinations in total.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Diploma Part-time September 2017 GBP 1,600 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

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

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