London Southbank University

University Profile

London South Bank University is one of London’s largest and oldest universities

London South Bank is a cosmopolitan university with over 25,000 students drawn from over 130 countries. Since 1892, the University has been providing vocationally-relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education. Furthermore, it has received the highest possible rating for the quality of its education from the independent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

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Acoustical Engineering

London South Bank University (LSBU) is the top modern university in London for world-leading and internationally excellent research and Grade Point Average in General Engineering – Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The School of Engineering has a strong culture of research and enterprise.

LSBU have been running education programs in acoustics for over 30 years and has extremely well equipped laboratories. Furthermore, it is the only education institution in South East England with full size reverberant and anechoic chambers. The teaching team is mostly comprised by senior lecturers of the IOA courses and university postgraduate degrees in Acoustics.


MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics

This course has evolved from those running successfully for more than 35 years and offers experience of most fields of acoustics whilst still allowing for specialisation in areas of particular interest. It is suitable for environmental health officers, technicians, acoustic consultants, building services engineers, environmental test engineers and audio sound engineers.

The course can be used as a conversion course for those who have no previous acoustics experience, while still being invaluable to those with previous knowledge. There is emphasis towards applied acoustics, relevant to practitioners of acoustics, as well as two primary units that consider the broader aspects of investigation and control of the built environment.

Individual modules can be taken separately as part of continuing professional development. For the MSc course the project enables investigation of an area of interest in considerable depth; the topic and scope of the project are selected with the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Practical work is an essential part of the course giving direct experience of modern measurement equipment and techniques. Members of the teaching team are actively involved in research and consultancy work that enables staff to draw on the latest developments in acoustics in both lectures and practical work.

This course is of a highly practical nature with half of the time spent in the laboratory; this is reflected in the balance between course work and exams.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject.

Applications are also welcomed from those without the required qualifications that possess the life/work skills that would make them suitable to study at this level. Those applicants holding an Institute of Acoustics Diploma will be exempted from the appropriate taught units.

Key course information – ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date
Full-time 16 months / 12 months February; September
Part-time 2 years February; September


The course reflects the diversity of the acoustics industry and attracts students from a range of backgrounds, mostly environmental health, science or engineering. The training provided in acoustics is also particularly relevant to noise consultancy and the environmental and occupational health professions. One or two outstanding students per year go on to undertake research on our PhD programme.

Student membership of the Institute of Acoustics is offered.

Chartered Engineer status is offered through the Institute of Acoustics or the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

IOA Courses

The London Southbank University offers the following IOA courses:

  • Certificate of Competence Environmental Noise Measurement
  • Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control

Click here to learn more about the IOA Courses.

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Contact London South Bank University

Course enquiries and how to apply information

For all initial enquiries regarding our courses, prospectus orders and how to apply

90 London Road


(free phone) 0800 923 88 88
+44 (0) 20 7815 6100

For prospective students who have already started the admissions process and submitted an application through UCAS, NMAS, GTTR or by Direct Application.


(free phone) 0800 923 88 88

General enquiries

Tel: 020 7815 7815

103 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA