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Acoustics and Audio Engineering

PhD MPhil MSc by research

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Start Date(s): September, January, May


MSc by Research
One year full-time
Two years part-time

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
One year full-time
Two years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Three years full-time
Five years part-time

Delivery modes:
Distance learning (online Doctoral Programme)

In Brief:

  • Part-time study option
  • Distance Learning
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Subject Overview

Acoustics and audio research has been conducted at Salford since 1965. Research is funded by research councils, national and international government bodies, and industry. Our research has fed into products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and internationally. We currently have 12 research active staff and 7 post doctoral research fellows who have produced around 200 international journal articles and authored two major texts on acoustics. Our doctoral research students conduct original research in the audio, environment, automotive, signal processing, materials, modelling and energy fields, including. Fields for Acoustic PhD study include:

  • 3D sound reproduction and auralisation
  • Absorbers for acoustics and noise control
  • Acoustic simulation and modeling
  • Acoustical Engineering
  • Archaeoacoustics
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Audio quality
  • Audio signal processing
  • Building acoustics including sound insulation
  • Diffusers for auditoria and studios
  • Environmental noise and vibration
  • Metamaterials for acoustics
  • Product design for sound quality
  • Psychoacoustics for noise, music and other sounds
  • Railway and tram noise and vibration
  • Soundscapes
  • Vibro-acoustics and NVH
  • Wind turbine noise and SODAR

Browse a list of suggested PhD research topics on the Research centre's homepage.

The acoustics laboratories are world class and were completely rebuilt in 2005 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, linking our research to current practice.

The Acoustics Research Centre is one of the primary partners in the BBC Audio Research Partnership. Acoustic Engineering was part of the University’s Architectural and Built Environment submission for RAE 2008, which was ranked top for Research Power by Research Fortnight.

Three of our PhD students won a total of four awards in 2012 and 2013.

Entry Requirements

PhD: first or upper second class undergraduate degree or equivalent or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree.  Master Level study by research: a first or upper second class undergraduate degree or equivalent.


We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English requirement for non-UK/ EU students

Overall IELTS score of at least 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any one element.We offer four entry points – October, January, April and July. Applications can be submitted at any point within the year.

Applicant Profile

Ph.D. students in acoustics come from a variety of backgrounds due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the subject. Many have a first degree that provides a foundation in the principles of engineering and/or scientific practice. This could include a mechanical engineering, or physics degree, but also acoustical engineering, applied science degrees and other engineering disciplines such as electrical, architectural and civil engineering.  With perception playing an important role in many doctorates, PhD students in acoustics might also have first degrees in subjects such as experimental psychology or geography. Applicants from an audio production, music technology or architecture background need to have experience of engaging with scientific methodologies.

As a student embarking on a postgraduate research degree you will be assigned a supervisory team, to help guide and mentor you throughout your time at the University. However, you are ultimately expected to take responsibility for managing your learning and will be expected to initiate discussions, ask for the help that you need and be proactive in your approach to study.

Applicants will normally be required to attend an interview.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

Current Student Research

Research Topics

Darius Satongar – 2nd year PhD student

Project: Can Ambisonics improve off-centre listening quality for the next-generation surround sound systems?

This project is a collaboration with BBC Research and Development as part of the Audio Research. The project is assessing whether an Ambisonic based spatial audio system can present an improvement over currently used spatial audio system and the effect Ambisonic variables has on the size and characteristics of the listening area. Previous research has proposed that there is a relationship between Ambisonic order and the size of the "sweet spot" (region of accurately perceived listening) but very few researchers have successfully proved this relationship and many of the research publications looking into the assessment of any spatial audio reproduction system often concentrate on the optimal listening position (equidistant from all loudspeakers). The global goal being is provide a reference which will in-turn improve user perceived quality.

Watch our video

A simulation of how the sound bounces around under Echo Bridge in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts. Simulation done by Jonathan Sheaffer using Finite.

Nikos Zafeiropoulos-2nd year PhD student

Project: Active Noise Control in vehicles

Modern cars are made from complicated mechanical structures that are prone to structure borne road noise. This type of low frequency noise is unpleasant and ruins the character of the car in terms of sound quality. Current noise control strategies can affect the mass of the vehicle and in some cases also the driving dynamics. In the past active control of road noise has been proven to be a good solution since it does require any changes in the mechanics of the vehicle structure unlike other noise control solutions. Therefore this is a very attractive technology for automotive industry as long as it can be  integrated with the rest of the car’s electronics. My PhD project aims to analyse the vibro-acoustic behaviour of the vehicle and develop a novel active noise control solution for an automotive manufacturer.

Paul Power - 3rd Year PhD Student

Project - Future Spatial Audio: Subjective Evaluation of 3D Surround Systems

Surround sound has been standardised and a vast amount of research has been carried out into the perception and the benefits it brings over stereo formats. Since viewing has been enhanced and moved into high resolution it seems that spatial audio has been neglected. The aim of this research is to characterise future spatial audio systems with a focus on 3D surround systems. Since this is a relatively new area of spatial audio reproduction a number of aspects need to be considered. Therefore this project utilises a number of techniques considering subjective and objective measures in order to quantify the benefits for the listener. Since this project is part of the BBC Audio Research Partnership it will consider 3D surround systems from a broadcasters point of view in terms of cost effectiveness and benefits for the end user.

Michael Sturm – 4th year PhD student

Project: Identification and quantification of transient structure-borne sound sources within electrical steering systems

During driving on rough roads, rattle noise may emanate from (electric powered) rack-and-pinion steering gears as a result of reverse feedback from the road. This project is in collaboration with a German steering system manufacturer and aims to develop a methodology facilitating identification and quantification of transient structure-borne sound sources within electrical steering systems. A conceptual source-path-receiver model has been developed that discloses the theoretical locations and associated mechanisms of all possible transient sound sources inside the steering gear. This information forms the basis for a subsequent measurement step which is required to experimentally quantify the strength of each individual source. The measurement approach is based on a time domain equivalent of the in-situ blocked force method; thus facilitating independent source characterisation on the fully assembled structure. The time domain approach relies on a robust inversion routine that uses an adaptive algorithm to simultaneously reconstruct multi-channel (blocked) force signatures from operational responses and the corresponding impulse response functions both measured (in-situ) on the (assembled) structure.

I won the Sir James Lighthill Award for best student paper at the ICSV, one the largest international conferences in Acoustics, in Bangkok in 2013.

GTA Student Profiles

Calum Sharp – 3rd year PhD student and GTA

Project: human response to noise and vibration from railway traffic

I am a PhD Student, Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant. I am interested in all aspects of acoustics, but my PhD research is focused primarily on the human response to railway noise and vibration. As a teaching assistant, I teach on BSc and MSc Acoustics degrees as well as the Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control. As a research assistant I am contributing research to the EU FP7 CargoVibes project and worked on the Focused Noise Monitoring 2013 project. I have developed machine learning algorithms to blindly identify whether vibration comes from a freight or passenger train. I have presented my research at several international acoustics conferences, and the quality of my research has been recognised by several awards throughout my career.

Our PhD students have won several national and international prizes over recent years which indicates wide recognition of the quality of their skills:

  • Calum Sharp - Winner of ‘Best paper and presentation award’ at Euronoise 2012, Prague and ‘Young Presenter Award in Noise’ at ICA 2013, Montreal.
  • Michael Sturm - Winner of the Sir James Lighthill Award for best student paper at the ICSV20, Bangkok, 2013
  • James Woodcock - Winner of the IMechE Railway Division Best Young Researcher award, 2012

Assessment Links

As a postgraduate research student at the University of Salford, you are required to meet a number of milestones in order to re-register for each year of study. These ‘progression points’ are an important aid for both you and your supervisory team and it is essential that you complete them on time.

Learning Agreement:  this is completed by you and your supervisor collaboratively in the first 3 months of your research programme. It encourages both of you to develop a thorough and consistent understanding of your individual and shared roles and responsibilities in your research partnership.

Annual Progress Report: this report is completed by your supervisor at the end of each year of study, and reports on your achievements in the past year, the likelihood that you will submit on time, confirmation of the Learning Agreement and relevant training undertaken.

Self Evaluation Report: this is completed by you at the end of each year of study. It asks you to comment on your academic progress, supervisory arrangements, research environment, research training, and relevant training undertaken.

Interim Assessment: this is an assessment of your progress by a panel. It takes place towards the end of your first year, and is designed to ensure you have reached a threshold of academic performance, by assessing your general progress. The assessment comprises a written report, presentation and oral examination by a Panel. You must successfully complete it in order to register for your second year.

Internal Evaluation: this will take place towards the end of the second year and successful completion is required in order to continue onto your third year of study. You will be expected to show strong progress in your PhD study reflected in the submission of a substantial piece of work, generally at least 4 chapters of your thesis.

Research Profile

Research Excellence

The Acoustics Research Centre is one of two Primary Partners in the BBC Audio Research Partnership, a five-year Research and Development initiative advancing acoustics and audio research for broadcast. Several of our research active staff are Editors for major international journals and government publications.

Watch our video

Professors Trevor Cox and Ian Drumm talking about sound on BBC Click.

As part of the University’s Architectural and Built Environment submission, Acoustics achieved the top research rating of 6* in Research Assessment Exercise 2001. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 90% of our research was rated at International standard, with 65% being International Excellent or above and 25% being World Leading. The University’s Architectural and Built Environment submission was ranked by Research Fortnight as number 1 in terms of Research Power from the result of the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

Since 2000, three of our staff have won the prestigious Tyndall Medal awarded by the Institute of Acoustics biannually for achievement and services in the field of Acoustics. In addition, Prof Yiu Lam was awarded the Institute's premier award, the Raleigh Medal, in 2013.

Staff Profiles

Prof. Jamie Angus
Jamie Angus' interest in audio was crystallised at the age of 11 when she visited the WOR studios in New York City on a school trip in 1967. After secondary education in Scotland she spent 1973 to 1974 at The University of Lethbridge in Alberta Canada and studied physics, computer science, philosophy, music, drama and English composition. Jamie then went on to study electronics at University of Kent and graduated in 1977.  Appointed Lecturer in the Department of Electronics, University of York in 1983, Senior Lecturer in 1993, and Reader in 1999, she was one of the originators of the music technology course there in 1986. She was appointed to the Chair in Audio Technology in The School of Acoustics and Electronic Engineering at the University of Salford in 2001. Her research interests are in; room acoustics, speech acoustics, diffuser design, audio signal processing and CAD for acoustic design. 

Prof Trevor Cox
Professor Trevor Cox carries out research, teaching and commercial activities in acoustic engineering, focussing on room acoustics, signal processing and perception. He was an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and has presented 17 documentaries for BBC radio. He is a former President of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA). Trevor Cox was awarded the prestigious Tyndall Award by the IOA as well as their award for Promoting Acoustics to the Public. Prof Cox carries out research in performance room acoustics, investigating how room conditions can be improved for good speech communication, and quality music production and reproduction. His diffuser designs can be found in rooms worldwide. He has or is principal investigator on five EPSRC projects concerned with room acoustics. The results from GR/L13124 fed directly into ISO 17497-2:2012. GR/L34396 developed an understanding of a new sound absorbing mechanism. GR/N39685 concerned room acoustic active diffusers. EP/G009791/1 examined the acoustics of secondary schools. In signal processing he has been PI on three EPSRC projects (GR/L34396, GR/S77530/01, EP/J013013/1) using blind signal processing, and has worked with BBC R&D on a music information retrieval project concerning the mood of TV theme tunes as part of work to classify content in the BBC archive.

Dr Bill Davies
I have research interests in room acoustics, perception and environmental sound/soundscapes. In environmental acoustics, I was principal investigator of a large consortium project to develop new ways of evaluating soundscapes. The Positive Soundscape Project (PSP), a £1M, three-year effort involving five universities. Unusually for an EPSRC project, it involved artists and social scientists as well as acoustics researchers. In room acoustics, I have researched the acoustic absorption of concert hall seating and audiences, validating a test technique which is now used in our commercial tests. I have also led projects to develop a method for measuring auditory spaciousness in reproduced sound, to assess diffusion on stages, to control low-frequency response in small rooms and to measure the difference limen of reverberation time and level with music.

Dr. Ian Drumm
Following a BSc in Physics in 1989, I worked as a software engineer for a number of years. I later completed a PhD in Computer based Acoustic Modelling, subsequently lecturing and researching in Visualisation at Manchester University and later Acoustics at Salford University. My research interests include FDTD-FETD models - the research models sound propagation within air and surfaces using numerical techniques and is finding application in Room Acoustic Prediction, Musical Acoustics and Environmental Acoustics.  I'm currently project leader and PhD supervisor for the development and implementation of a Wave Field Synthesis system within our acoustics test facilities. Our WFS system will use 128+ speakers controlled via our own in house developed drivers utilising the new Vista Audio stack.

Dr Bruno Fazenda
I graduated with a PhD in Room Acoustics and Psychoacoustics from the University of Salford, UK, where I was funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Science. I worked for a short while as a Research Fellow with a Marie Curie research fellowship at the Danish Technical University before becoming a lecturer at the Universities of Glamorgan and then Huddersfield. I now lecture in the Acoustics and Audio area at the University of Salford. My main area of research has been in room acoustics, particularly looking at aspects affecting accurate reproduction and perception of sound in small listening spaces. I have recently started to develop a research theme around audio production that aims to investigate aspects of automated rating and improvement of sound quality in audio signals and the design of novel creative production environments. I am part of a multidisciplinary AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage research network studying ancient Neolithic monuments with the aim of revealing pre-historic activity in sites of international renown such as Stonehenge. I also maintain research links with the Diagnostics Engineering Research Group at the University of Huddersfield in areas of signal processing and sensor technology looking at engine transmission belts, leak detections in turbo-charger systems and localisation and classification of noises inside car cabins.

Prof. Yiu Lam
Prof. Lam has over 25 year’s experience of working in environmental noise, industrial noise and building acoustics and is internationally recognised for his research and expertise in this field. His current research focus is on sound propagation and modelling techniques in room acoustics. He was part of Salford’s multidisciplinary team developing the concept of nD Modelling for the built environment. He also works closely with Salford’s visualisation team to develop fully immersive virtual space for future media research. Another of his research interests is on outdoor sound propagation in realistic atmosphere over complex ground terrains, using modelling techniques including ray tracing, parabolic equation, and finite difference time domain methods. He was awarded the Institute of Acoustics’ Tyndall Medal in 2000, and was awarded fellowship of the Acoustical Society of America in 2008. He is Editor in Chief of the international journal Applied Acoustics and a member of several standards committees and working groups.

Dr Francis Li
After 5 years at MMU as a Senior Lecturer in Computing, Francis moved back to Salford, where he used to be a research assistant and did his PhD. Francis will undertake teaching, research and programme administration duties in general areas of acoustics, electro acoustics, acoustic and audio signal processing and acoustic informatics. Over 20 years, Francis has a accumulated a broad spectrum of expertise and research interests including architectural acoustics; digital processing of speech, music and multimedia signals; artificial intelligence and soft-computing (neural networks, evolutionary computing and fuzzy logics) applied to various natural science and engineering problems involving uncertainly, complexity and fuzziness; computational electromagnetism; data and voice communications; digital electronics; hardware and software co-design; software engineering; instrumentation; adaptive filter and control systems, but his major and long-standing research interest centres around the use of intelligent computation and modern signal processing techniques to solve acoustics and sound related problems, in particular, the computation, processing, extraction, organisation, recognision, storage and re-use of information contained in acoustic and/or audio signals for various applications - he refers to this area as Acoustic Informatics.

Prof Andy Moorhouse
I joined the Acoustics, Audio and Video discipline at Salford in January 2004 as a Reader and am now Professor of Engineering Acoustics and Vibration. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, a PhD in Acoustics from the University of Liverpool and I'm a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics. One of my roles is as Director of the Acoustics Laboratories. My main research interests are: Structure-borne sound, ‘Virtual Acoustic Prototypes,‘Low Frequency Noise, Building Acoustics. I have a strong track record of collaborative research with industry and from national and international governments and research funding bodies.

Dr Olga Umnova
I joined the Acoustics, Audio and Video discipline at Salford in October 2004 as a Lecturer in Theoretical Acoustics. I got an MSc in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (FizTech) and PhD in Acoustics from General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Science. I am now a Reader. I have headed several EPSRC funded projects in the acoustic properties of porous materials and in the fast developing area of meta materials.  I am Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and was awarded the prestigious Tyndall Medal by the Institute of Acoustics in 2010.

Dr Sabine von Hunerbein
Sabine's research interests are in the area of developing and applying the atmospheric acoustic remote sensing instrument "SODAR" in the fields of meteorology and outdoor sound propagation. These measurements can be applied to urban air quality studies, outdoor noise control modelling, wind farm siting and monitoring, and air traffic control. I have also conducted research on noise from wind turbines for national and international bodies.

Dr David WaddingtonDavid is Reader in Environmental Acoustics. An international reputation for research and enterprise work in environmental sound propagation has led him to collaborative work with the MoD, QinetiQ, DEFRA and the EU. His close collaborations with the MOD and the international R&D organisation QinetiQ have so far resulted in extensive applied projects on environmental effects of helicopter noise, occupational effects of gun noise, and the effects of meteorology and of ground impedance on outdoor sound propagation. His collaborations with DEFRA have resulted in the internationally highly regarded 'Procedure for the assessment of low-frequency noise complaints' and fundamental research into the human response to vibration in residential environments, for example from trains. He is Principal Investigator of the European funded project Cargovibes.


Career Prospects

Acoustics and Audio are skills shortage areas globally and demand for expertise continues to grow rapidly across many sectors, for example due to expansion in communications, due to increased noise legislation and increased expectations of consumers e.g. in audio quality, sound quality in buildings, vehicles and domestic products. Career prospects for doctoral graduates in audio and acoustical engineering are therefore extremely good.

PhD graduates find employment across a wide range of industrial sectors and, due to the specialist nature of the field, often climb the career ladder quickly. Some recent example postgraduate destinations are:

  • Audio (e.g. Apple; Dolby; Harman International; Nokia)
  • Academic/ Research (e.g. George Mason University, USA; University of Salford; University of Manchester; National Physical Laboratory; NIH, USA; EMPA, Switzerland; Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands; Kinnernet Academic College, Israel; New York University, USA)
  • Automotive and industrial (e.g. Bentley Motors; ZF Lenksysteme; Opel; Cummins Turbo Technologies)
  • Consultancy (e.g. Hayes Mackenzie; Sandy Brown Associates)
  • Architecture and Building (e.g. Architettura Sonora MENA)
  • Spinout company (e.g. Technical Director at CarbonAir)

A survey of electroacoustic, acoustic and audio technology alumni from Salford University found 1 in 5 live outside the UK and 45% are in Senior jobs or are Directors. The 6 most popular industries were: research (15%), environmental (11%), University (10%), construction (9%), architecture (9%) and consumer electronics (6%).

Alumni Profile

James Woodcock
PhD: Field and laboratory studies into the human response to groundborne vibration: Exposure-response relationships, perceptual dimensions and models of annoyance, 2013
Current position: Research fellow at the University of Salford

After completing my BSc in Audio Technology and MSc by research in perceptual acoustics at the University of Salford I decided to pursue a PhD in the field of environmental acoustics. My doctoral project was concerned with the human response to vibration from railway and construction activities in residential environments which aimed to develop models able to predict annoyance caused by vibration from these sources. This multidisciplinary project involved working closely with the project sponsor, the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs in the UK, and therefore allowed me to develop skills not only as a researcher in an academic environment but also provided valuable experience in the practical aspects of delivering a large research project. In my current position as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Salford I am working on the European funded project CargoVibes ( This is an international project of quite high status with 10 partners from Europe and China working to ensure that planned increases in European rail freight does not cause increased disturbance from vibration and noise. My main role within this project is to author a European Good Practice Guide on the evaluation of human response to vibration from railways in residential environments.

Charlie Mydlarz
PhD: Application of mobile and internet technologies for the investigation of human relationships with soundscapes
Current position: New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL), 2013
I began my research career after completing my Audio Technology course at the University of Salford. I started as a Research Assistant on an EPSRC funded public engagement project looking to raise awareness of human sound environments using mobile phones to capture these “soundscapes” and people’s perceptions of them. This position formed the initial basis of my PhD work, investigating human relationships with their sound environments utilising data gathered using smartphone and internet platforms. The research involved a wide range of activities which have provided me with experience in running large scale public facing research projects.
The skills gained at Salford have led me to my current post-doctoral position at New York University. The role involves research and development involving large-scale capture, analysis, classification, retrieval, and visualization of urban sound environments in the lower Manhattan area. The research activities form part of an interdisciplinary initiative, that aims to: (a) design and deploy large-scale remote sensing networks that capture spatio-acoustic properties of NYC's metropolitan area in real-time; (b) design systems for automatic sound identification; (c) develop tools for both mining existing databases and collecting new noise complaints and associated acoustic events; and (d) provide an online exploration/research hub for spatio-acoustic “big data” access, navigation, and visualization. The research results of this will enable deeper understanding of the NYC noise problem and thus inform effective public policy.

Liam Kelly
PhD: Numerical modelling for supra-aural headphones
Current position: Transducer Engineer at Harman International, Bridgend, Wales
After my PhD I moved to Harman International where I am designing loudspeaker transducers for the automotive industry. I have to design units to achieve particular sound quality specifications (such as frequency response, power handling, distortion, impedance etc.) for a given space in the vehicle within budget and weight constraints. We also have to meet customer requirements for reliability specification for mechanical robustness, extreme hot cold, vibration etc. I use a variety of models, lumped parameter models, acoustic, structural and electromagnetic finite element models. The modeling skills I gained from my PhD are put to use on a daily basis in this work. The research skills I picked up, particularly problem solving and diagnostics are also invaluable and give me a bit of an edge particularly where new developments are involved, I am able to work from first principles and think outside the box, without being restricted to what was done before. With a PhD I find my opinion is taken seriously and it has definitely opened doors for me.  

Tomos Evans
PhD Thesis Title: Estimation of uncertainty in the structure-borne sound power transmission from a source to a receiver
Current position: Senior NVH Engineer at Cummins Turbo Technologies, Huddersfield, UK
My research focused on characterising the structure borne sound power transmission from a source (e.g. car engine) to a receiver (e.g. vehicle chassis). During the doctoral studies my knowledge of the field of acoustics and vibration was broadened greatly. I gained the ability to critically examine data and draw meaningful conclusions, a skill which is invaluable in my current work. The knowledge gained of the techniques and methods I explored during my studies remains with me and provides an excellent foundation upon which to develop approaches for tackling the issues I face in my current place of work. The practical instrumentation and measurement skills along with the numerical and analytical simulation skills gained throughout the postgraduate study now form the foundation of my skillset.
After completing my PhD I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Salford. I then moved on to work as and NVH engineer at Bentley Motors Limited, Crewe, where I applied my skills to improving the internal soundscape of supercars! I currently work at Cummins Turbo Technologies in Huddersfield, where I am the resident acoustician and act as an internal consultant/researcher. My work involves problem solving, process improvement, measurement, simulation and training, none of which I believe I could do as effectively without the skills gained during my postgraduate studies.

Joko Sarwono
PhD: The Influence of Surface Diffusion on the Acoustics of Javanese Gamelan Performance Hall, 2005
Current Position:

  • Lecturer at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), INDONESIA
  • Head of ITB's Board of Reviewer
  • Head of Acoustics Laboratory

After completing my PhD in Architectural Acoustics in 2005, I returned to my University in Bandung Indonesia (ITB), where I joined as a junior lecturer in 1995. ITB is one of the best Universities in our Country and the Engineering Physics department houses the oldest Acoustics Research Group in the country. Our main research areas are Instrumentation and Control, Built Environment, Material Processing and Computational and Energy Systems. The experiences which I gained during my stay in the Acoustics Research Centre in the University of Salford have strongly influenced the activities we develop in our group which consist of PhDs from Australia, Japan, UK, as well as Indonesia. We are currently building new acoustics facilities which will be operational in 2015. Apart from lecturing my main role is related to Research and Partnerships (Industrial and University) activities. My current research interests are in Architectural Acoustics (Modeling and Simulation, Perceptions, Green Building Technology, Worship Buildings), Speech Forensics, and Sound System Design. Outside the University, I am involved projects ranging from building acoustics, automotive, and airports. Since 2004, I become an acoustics and sound system advisor for the Indonesian Presidential Palace, and since 2008 I also become a Forensic Speaker Identifier for the Indonesian Commission for Corruption Eradication, which involves attending Court as Expert Witness.

Eulalia Peris
I obtained my doctorate in the acoustics research centre of the University of Salford. During my doctorate I was part of a team working on a major contract from Defra (Department for environment, food and rural affairs, UK) investigating Human response to vibration, particularly from railways, in residential environments. The aim was to develop exposure-response relationships for vibration in residential environments. The work I conducted focused primarily on providing new information that could be used for new policy developments in the field of human response to railway vibration. Conducting a PhD in Salford helped me to put research findings into practice in order to improve our environment and community. Working in such a challenging environment helped me to expand further my practical skills. As a natural progression of my research I am now working as a research fellow in a large consortium as part of a European funded  project called Cargovibes. As a part of this project I am involved in the organization of an international workshop which is to address key issues in the field of the human response to vibration from railways in residential environments and is relevant to the current needs of policy makers, the scientific community and industry. I am also currently involved in a national noise survey, Noise Monitoring 2013 (FNM) funded by Defra, UK in collaboration with the consultants URS.

Links with Industry

Acoustics research at Salford has always been oriented towards industry and as such we have ongoing research partnerships with many large and small companies for example in audio (e.g BBC), environment (e.g. URS), industry (e.g. Bentley Motors), building and architecture (e.g. RPG), materials (e.g. Chemviron), energy (wind turbine manufacturers and their suppliers) to name but a few. In addition, through the commercial activities of our accredited Test and Calibration laboratories we have working links with literally hundreds of organizations including industry, consultancy, test laboratories, local and national government.

Watch our video

Professor Trevor Cox gives a comprehensive presentation on the effect of external noise on learning, including the effect on children.

The University launched a successful spinout company Carbonair in 2012 to exploit novel technology developed in the Acoustics Research Centre. Ongoing collaboration with Carbonair brings us into contact with many industries.


Acoustic and audio test facilities at Salford are second to none. We have a full range of specialist test chambers: full anechoic chamber, two semi-anechoic chambers, transmission suite, two large and one small reverberation chambers, ITU standard listening room, audiometric test facilities and a range of modern instrumentation and equipment. We are accredited to perform no less than twelve types of test and the test chambers are maintained by a team of commercially funded technical staff. We also have a UKAS accredited Calibration Laboratory which provides a full scale commercial service to industry. All these facilities are available for PG research students.

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Salford's facilities feature on Bang Goes the Theory's How Loud is a Slithering Snail?