University of Derby

University Profile

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its university status in 1992. Teaching at its Derby site actually dates back to 1851, when it was a Diocesan Institution for Training, so the University has over 160 years of expertise in education.

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MSc Applied Acoustics

This course is primarily designed for students who already posses the IOA diploma in Acoustics and may already be employed; the majority of students will enter this Course at stage 2, which allows students to complete only 5 module equivalents to gain their MSc. This provides an effective way of gaining an MSc, both in terms of time of completion and in terms of overall cost!

Stduents who do not have the IOA diploma in Acoustics will need to complete the diploma prior to entry onto the MSc programme.

Students can study this course full or part time, which normally takes at least 12 months. All of the teaching materials will be available online, and students can take as many modules as they like at any one time, making the delivery of this course very flexible to fit in with work and personal commitments. Some modules are delivered through online learning and some are delivered on campus.

You’ll be assessed entirely through your coursework, which will include practical reports, case study scenarios, essays, and problem solving assignments.

Our academic staff are friendly, supportive and approachable, and they’re all experienced acousticians with most having full membership of the IOA.

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Start date: September and January.

Course length: full time: over one year, part time: one to two years

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Entry Requirements

You’ll normally need an honours degree or postgraduate qualification in a science or relevant discipline. It doesn’t necessarily need to be in the acoustics area.

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What you will cover

This course is made up of three stages:

Postgraduate Certificate

This stage comprises the Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control. Students will normally have completed this at another Centre, at Derby, or by distance learning via the IOA

Postgraduate Diploma

You will take these modules: Critical Issues in the Environment (20 Credits). You will also choose one further 20 credit module from: Environmental Noise Assessment, Regulation of Noise and Vibration, Occupational Noise and Vibration Assessment.

MSc stage

Independent Scholarship (60 credits): Using your initiative, creative thinking, and organisational skills, you will produce an independent piece of work of your choice during this triple module. Many students will pursue a work based investigation.

Careers and Employability

Most students studying this MSc programme are already in work, so the MSc will enhance your career prospects and bring you up to date with the latest issues facing today’s acousticians.

There’s currently a shortage of noise consultants in the UK. As this course provides you with an opportunity to both enhance your skills as an acoustician and gain an MSc, you’ll be in an excellent position to move ahead in your career.

IOA Courses

The University of Derby offers the following IOA courses:

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

Click here for more info on IOA Courses.

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Contact The University of Derby

Course enquiries

Contact name: Dr John Pritchard
T: 01332 591703

College of Health and Social Care

Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

T: +44 (0) 1332 591703
F: +44 (0) 1332 597747

Enquiries about applying for a course

T: +44 (0)1332 591167

Open days

T: +44 (0)1332 591046
F: +44 (0)1332 597743