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. Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above.

Course modules

The course's structure is designed to provide intensive graduate preparation for a future career and is suitable for either part-time or full-time candidates. Students can expect three levels of research training: University-level training is provided by the Postgraduate Skills Development Programme and the University Library including a PhD induction, workshops on writing skills and preparation for the confirmation and viva. There is also an annual student-led university postgraduate conference. School-level training is offered in the form of interdisciplinary seminars, reading groups, visiting speaker events and conferences. Students will also receive subject-specific training. Students may participate in research "intensives", featuring formal presentations of work by students, keynote seminars, study groups on current themes in arts research, and research skills training sessions. Students may meet regularly for debate and discussion and participate in annual formal presentations of research.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a thesis and an oral viva with external examiners.

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 September 2016 GBP 14,000 per Year 1 (International) 33 months
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months

Campus details

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

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