Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK/EU fee

£800 per 20 credits* (2018/19)

International fee

£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start dates

January, September

Course description

If you’re a professional acoustician, you can top up your existing qualifications to achieve a highly regarded masters degree – all by distance learning

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Build on your experience

This course offers a convenient fast-track route to a masters degree for professionals who already hold the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control. 

You will enter the MSc at the masters stage, so your studies will centre on a research-based investigation – either practical or desktop-based – culminating in a thesis on an acoustics topic of your choice.

Throughout this independent study, you’ll be supervised and supported by an academic advisor.

Meaningful and relevant research

If – like most of our students – you are already employed in the acoustics field, the skills and knowledge you gain on the course will be directly relevant to your day-to-day work.

You can choose to undertake a work-based study which is of benefit to both you and your organisation. We will liaise with you and your employer to ensure that your study meets the right academic criteria for an MSc award. 

If you are not currently employed in a Noise related field, we can provide support regarding the selection and development of a Project.   

An expert team to support you

You’ll benefit from the support of our friendly and approachable academic staff. Our teaching team is made up of experienced acousticians, all of whom are full and active members of the Institute of Acoustics. You’ll also enjoy guest lectures by key practitioners. 

We are regularly called upon to deliver bespoke acoustics courses and consultancy for industry, local authorities and government bodies. We have also conducted important research into subjects such as road traffic noise and noise associated with dog kennels.  

Flexibility and convenience

With distance learning you can fit your MSc studies around your work and personal commitments. You can complete the course full-time over a year or part-time over two years.

We provide high-quality online learning materials, recorded presentations by academic staff, online tutorials and online classroom sessions where you can share your views and experiences.

What you will study

You’ll take this module:

  • Independent Scholarly Activity - This module is worth 60 credits towards the final award. You’ll complete a research-based investigation, either of a practical nature or a desk top review, into an acoustic topic of your choice. Throughout the module you’ll be supervised and supported by an experienced academic advisor

How you will learn

You'll study by distance learning, and all materials are accessed through our Blackboard facility. You'll also be supported by online tutorials, online classrooms, and online presentations.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed entirely through coursework assignments. There are no examinations.

Learn from an expert teaching team

Guest lectures from key practitioners in the acoustics field. 

Entry requirements

You’ll be required to hold an undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification in a science or relevant discipline.

It is preferred that prior to this course you will have completed the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control. However, if you do not hold the IOA Diploma but wish to complete the MSc in Applied Acoustics, please contact us.

International students should have the above or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£800 per 20 credits*

£800 per 20 credits*

International

£13,500 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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Additional fees information

UK/EU applicants who already have the Institute of Acoustics Diploma or an equivalent qualification will enter at the Masters stage and only complete the project module (60 credits). The total fee for this will be £2,400.

International applicants who hold the Institute of Acoustics Diploma or equivalent will pay £4,500.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Information for international applicants

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Careers

Gaining the MSc will enhance your career and promotion prospects, paving the way to more senior roles in industry, consultancy, local authorities and statutory bodies.

It will help you continue your professional development, bring you up to date with the challenges facing acousticians today and give you insights into latest methods of assessment and control.

You’ll also develop valuable research, critical thinking and analytical skills which will serve you well as you advance your career. 

If you’d like to pursue further academic research, the MSc is also an excellent platform for studying at PhD level.

Contact us

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Course: John Pritchard  (Programme Leader) J.Pritchard@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591745

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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