University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Sound Recording

Students review and critically analyse previously published academic literature in relevant areas; students engage in experimental study, designed to test a hypothesis formulated from the literature review; the study might involve software design, acoustic measurements, listening tests, and so on; the results of this study are written up in another report (and possibly as a conference paper), leading to a full progress report drawing appropriate conclusions, refining research questions and detailing a research plan to allow these questions to be answered, together with a viva voce examination; students conduct further literature-based and experimental research, conference (and possibly journal) publications.

Entry requirements

A high level of academic achievement in relevant science/engineering subject areas and a clear aptitude for research are required. Typically this will mean a 1st or high upper 2nd Class Bachelors degree with a significant final-year project or dissertation, or a Masters degree achieving or approaching distinction, with a significant research project element. English requirements IELTS 7.0 or above.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a 70,00 word thesis; a vice voce examination .

Sponsorship information

University scholarships; Audio Engineering Society (AES) Education Foundation; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) studentships; industrial sponsorship (all competitive and not guaranteed).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 12,735 per Academic year (overseas fees) 33 months
PhD Part-time - 45 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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