University of Salford

University Profile

Salford is an ambitious University, with 20,000 students contributing enormously to the local economy and expertise transforming individuals and communities through excellent teaching, research, innovation and engagement.

Salford is leading in areas, including health, energy, media and the built environment and have completed impressive work with business and industry partners.

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Audio production

The University of Salford has an outstanding set of facilities for students. In 2011, the University moved into a purpose built facility at the heart of MediaCityUK, which is built to the most modern professional specifications and is available for students, researchers and commercial clients. All production facilities are now based at MediaCityUK except for the University’s multi-track recording studios running ProTools HD on Macintosh.

Acoustic laboratories

The University established an Acoustics Department in 1975 and it has been a leading national centre ever since. Consequently the acoustics laboratories on the main campus are world class and were rebuilt at a cost of £2.5M and include a listening room, reverberation suite and three anechoic chambers. The University acts as a test house for the acoustic and audio industry especially the construction industry, linking it to current practice, and helping to keep courses up to date.


BEng (Hons) Audio Acoustics (with Acoustics Engineering Pathway)

The Audio Acoustics degree course offers two pathways specialising in either Acoustic Engineering or Audio Technology.

The course is about the engineering, technology and science involved in production, transmission, manipulation and reception of sound; Acoustics embodies both the physical properties of sound waves, and the psychological reaction of humans. Acoustic Engineering is about the science of sound, the design of acoustic spaces and systems and the control of noise and vibration; Audio Technology is about the production, transmission, recording, manipulation and reception of audible sound.

Sound is one of our primary means of communication and pervades our world, which means acoustic and audio experts work in many different areas.

You will learn about the design of modern music technology products, recording studios and loudspeakers and acoustic spaces to achieve the best possible audio reproduction. You will also learn about how music, speech and other sounds are perceived and how that influences the design of apps, products and buildings.

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Applicant profile

This is a specialised audio and acoustics engineering degree and applicants will need to have a strong science and technical numerate academic background. The course will suit applicants who are looking to enter a career in the areas of acoustics, audio technology development, broadcast and entertainment systems, studio design, architectural acoustics, noise control and related industries.

The University of Salford started teaching undergraduate acoustics and audio courses in 1975. Graduates from their Acoustics and Audio Technology degree courses are employed in major acoustic and audio companies around the world.

Applicants will have a strong interest in acoustics and audio related subject areas and a strong background and general interest in physical science and current technology.

Entry Requirements
Qualification Entry requirements
UCAS tariff points 280-300 points including a grade C maths or numerate science
BTEC National Diploma DMM

MSc/PgDip Acoustics

The course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics which provides external validation of the course quality. The MSc Acoustics has two pathways:

Audio pathway

The generation, manipulation and reproduction of high quality audio signals are core elements of the rapidly expanding communication, entertainment and sound engineering industry. The audio pathway aims to train graduates in the acoustic aspects of audio such as digital signal processing, microphone and loudspeaker design, architectural acoustics and sound reproduction.

The Acoustics Research Centre is a lead partner in the BBC Audio Research Partnership working closely with BBC R&D at MediaCityUK.

Environmental pathway

The environmental pathway is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to work in environmental acoustics, including environmental noise consultancy, noise control in industry and acoustic engineering research.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics which provides external validation of the course quality.

Key Information

Start Dates: September

  • MSc (one year full-time or 36 months part-time or distance learning)
  • Optional MSc with Nanjing University, China: (one additional year, full-time only.
  • PgDip (nine months full-time or 20 months part-time)

Applicant profile

This course is designed for technically skilled graduates whose first degree was not necessarily in reproduced sound or acoustics but another engineering or science discipline.

This course is also designed for those currently working in the audio and acoustic industry who wish to expand their expertise, and those wishing to train to begin an acoustic and audio engineering career.

Entry Requirements
  • A first or second-class degree in a numerate engineering or science discipline. All applicants must have a significant grounding in engineering mathematics
  • For informal discussions about your suitability for this course, please contact the postgraduate admissions tutor, Dr David Waddington.

Optional second year at Nanjing University, China

This programme qualifies as part of a joint education programme with Nanjing University, China, for a Masters degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering – Acoustic Engineering and Acoustic Signal Processing. After completing relevant studies, students will obtain certificates of Masters degrees from each University.

  • Duration: 2 years (1+1 mode). Students study in Salford for the first year and at Nanjing University for the second year.
  • Study Mode: Full-time only.
  • Registration: Students admitted register in Salford and in Nanjing at the same time.

Contact University of Salford

Course and Admission Enquiries

School Rep School of Computing, Science & Engineering:

Nick Valentine –

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught:
UK/EU students:
T +44 (0)161 295 4545

International/non-EU students:
T +44 (0)161 295 4545

Research enquiries:
T +44 (0)161 295 3482

General enquiries

School Office:
T +44(0)161 295 3223

The School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Newton Building
University of Salford
The Crescent
M5 4WT
United Kingdom