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MSc/PgDip Environmental Acoustics

University of Salford

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

There is a growing need for engineers who can control and mitigate noise and its effects on our wellbeing. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to work in environmental acoustics.

This course is suitable for numerate science and technology graduates, or working professional, who wish to move to the acoustics industry or build specific knowledge of environments acoustics. Building on the engineering fundamentals, it provides you with specialist knowledge and skills, so you are ready to develop a career as a future leader in environment acoustics. 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.

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.

You will:

Explore architectural acoustics, psychoacoustics, dynamics and vibration, computer modelling and measurement
Choose from specialist modules in environmental noise monitoring and noise control
Learn alongside world-class researchers with international prominence and strong industry relationships
Benefit from strong, long-standing connections with industrial partners across Europe


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

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


MSc Environmental Acoustics aims to meet the needs of students or professionals wanting a career dealing with building design, noise, and its management. 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. With noise being a significant problem worldwide, there is an increasing demand from companies who need graduates and professionals who can solve environment noise challenges.

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, noise management, broadcasting, loudspeaker and audio system design, and consumer audio product development.

Students can also exit with PGDip awards.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(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

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  • Campus address

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

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    40th out of 72 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    111 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.40 88%



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