If you’re a professional acoustician, you can top up your existing qualifications to achieve a highly regarded masters degree – all by distance learning
- Study full-time or part-time at a leading centre with over 30 years’ experience of delivering acoustics courses
- Boost your career prospects by gaining a recognised masters degree which will set you apart within the profession
- Build on your basic acoustics knowledge and gain the high-level skills to review different methods of noise assessment and control
- Adopt interdisciplinary approaches to solving acoustic problems and draw on real-world case studies
- Undertake work-based projects which are tailored to your current role and the needs of your employer
- Choose between full-time and part-time routes to the MSc and enjoy all the benefits and convenience of distance learning
- Learn from experienced acousticians renowned for their wide-ranging consultancy work and influential research
- International students are welcome to study the MSc Applied Acoustics by distance learning if they already hold the IOA Diploma in Acoustics or equivalent
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.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
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.
You’ll be assessed entirely through coursework assignments. There are no examinations.
Learn from an expert teaching team
- Dr John Pritchard MIOA – Acoustics and noise control expertise; Member of the IOA; Member of various IOA Committees, including the Education Committee and External Examiners group
- Alan Whitfield MIOA MIEH – Environmental noise expertise, and environmental health - also an active member of CIEH
Guest lectures from key practitioners in the acoustics field.
You’ll be required to hold an undergraduate degree in a science or relevant discipline. If you do not have the IOA diploma in Acoustics when applying for the MSc it is essential that you contact the programme leader to discuss.
International students should have an undergraduate degree, postgraduate qualification in a science or relevant discipline, or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above. International students can only study this course remotely and must have completed or be in the process of completing the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control or equivalent. Please note that the IOA diploma at the University of Derby is a part-time course delivered on Campus and is therefore unavailable to International Students.
2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)
£2,600 for 60 credit Independent Project
£2,715 for 60 credit Independent Project
Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.
Additional fee information
UK 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 £2,600.
Additional costs and optional extras
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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How to apply
Please look at our application deadlines before you apply
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
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.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.
The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.
Included in your fees
- Costs of consumables for your independent project will be covered - up to a maximum limit
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Costs for hard copies of your independent project - approximate cost is 5p per page
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Personal copies of textbooks, most may be availble in our library or through inter-library loans
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.