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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Help to build a better sounding world. The creation, control, and delivery of high-quality audio, are important elements of the rapidly expanding communication, media and entertainment industries.

This course is suitable for numerate science graduates, who wish to make the transfer into this exciting and growing sound and acoustics industry. Building on the engineering fundamentals, it provides you with the specialist expert knowledge and a practical skill set, so you are ready to develop a career as a future leader in audio technology.

Salford is one of the UK's leading centres for research and teaching in audio and acoustics. The course is delivered by an acoustics academic team at the very pinnacle of the profession. By taking this course, you'll be joining a community of alumni working at the heart of many leading sound and acoustics-focused companies and organisations throughout the world.

The course is endorsed by the Institute of Acoustics for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for Corporate Membership of the Institute. Graduates may attain Engineering Council registration via the Institute of Acoustics.

You will:

  • Study core topics including architectural acoustics, psychoacoustics, dynamics and vibration, computer modelling and measurement
  • Have the opportunity to study specialist modules in digital signal processing and advanced loudspeaker and microphone design
  • Benefit from extensive audio and acoustics facilities, including our world-class Anechoic chamber
  • Explore how sound behaves and moves between rooms, examining the quality of internal and external soundscapes
  • Develop techniques to measure the impact and effects of sound on people (psychoacoustics)

TEACHING:

The majority of teaching and learning is delivered through tutorial and seminar groups. All students benefit from the supply of a range of high-quality teaching materials, books and software. Interaction is face-to-face wherever practical, but we also use web-based learning support packages (databases of materials, discussion boards etc.) and there is a strong focus on guided self-learning. Distance learning students can stream classes via our Virtual Learning Environment, either to participate live or watch later.

ASSESSMENT:

Assessment is generally in the form of assignments, which help to develop problem-solving and analytical skills. The ‘Measurement, Analysis and Assessment’ module includes practical group work.

  • Taught modules are assessed using assignments
  • The project is assessed using a dissertation (weighting 80%) and a presentation (weighting 20%)

WHAT ABOUTAFTER UNI?
EMPLOYMENT

Acousticians with engineering, science and mathematical skills are in short supply, which puts you in a strong position to build a career once you've graduated. We have over 25 years’ experience nurturing graduates into audio and acoustics consultancy, research, development and design roles at leading companies such as Apple, Dolby, and the BBC, plus every major acoustic consultancy in the world.

Typically areas of employment for our alumni include acoustics and audio engineering research, broadcast engineering, loudspeaker and audio system design, and consumer audio product development.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 14,670per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Salford

  • University League Table

    92nd

  • Campus address

    University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    53rd out of 72 1

    50th out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    132 59%

    37th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%

    57th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%

    31st

    22
  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    136 62%

    30th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    52nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%

    16th

    5

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