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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Acoustic / Vibration Engineering Human Biology

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

If you’re a professional acoustician, you can top up your existing qualifications to achieve a highly regarded master’s degree – all by distance learning

  • Study at a leading centre with over 30 years’ experience of delivering acoustics courses
  • Boost your career prospects by gaining a recognised masters degree which will set you apart within the profession
  • Build on your basic acoustics knowledge and gain the high-level skills to review different methods of noise assessment and control
  • Adopt interdisciplinary approaches to solving acoustic problems and draw on real-world case studies
  • Undertake work-based projects which are tailored to your current role and the needs of your employer
  • Choose between full-time and part-time routes to the MSc and enjoy all the benefits and convenience of distance learning
  • Learn from experienced acousticians renowned for their wide-ranging consultancy work and influential research


Gaining the MSc will enhance your career and promotion prospects, paving the way to more senior roles in industry, consultancy, local authorities and statutory bodies.

It will help you continue your professional development, bring you up to date with the challenges facing acousticians today and give you insights into latest methods of assessment and control.

You’ll also develop valuable research, critical thinking and analytical skills which will serve you well as you advance your career.

If you’d like to pursue further academic research, the MSc is also an excellent platform for studying at PhD level.


This module is worth 60 credits towards the final award. You?ll complete a research-based investigation, either of a practical nature or a desk top review, into an acoustic topic of your choice. Throughout the module you?ll be supervised and supported by an experienced academic advisor.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£2,600 for 60 credit Independent Project

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

£2,715 for 60 credit Independent Project

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to hold an undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification in a science or relevant discipline. It is preferred that prior to this course students will have completed the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, however, if they do not hold the IOA Diploma but wish to complete the MSc in Applied Acoustics.

University information

The University of Derby is home to students from more than 100 countries around the world, making them part of a diverse, international community. Whether students are progressing from undergraduate study, want to change or develop their career, or simply study the subject they love in more depth, the university offers a wide range of courses and flexible study methods including full-time, part-time and online learning. From criminology to...more

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