Postgraduate Research/Doctorate PhD/MPhil

Acoustics and Audio Engineering Postgraduate Research

School of Science, Engineering and Environment


Blended Delivery




One year

Two year

Three year

Five year

Next enrolment

January 2021


In a nutshell

Salford is an international centre for audio and acoustics research. Since 1965, our academics and researchers have led pioneering projects that have set industry standards and shaped commercial audio products sold worldwide today.

Supported by world-class testing facilities with research opportunities funded by industry partners, research councils, and government bodies, a research programme at Salford can take your passion for audio further. 

We engage in a wide range of research fields including audio, environmental noise and vibration, psychoacoustics, soundscapes, signal processing, materials, vibro-acoustics and energy fields.

You will:
  • Develop your research skills for career enhancement or progression to a doctorate-level degree
  • Carry-out professional research on a topic related to your interest or current employment
  • Develop outputs that can be used in the workplace, can shape audio equipment or could influence industry standards

students accepted

Course details

All about the course

Acoustics and Audio Engineering postgraduate research is available in a range of pathways:

Master by Research (MSc)
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

Our research students have access to a wide range of supervisory expertise, training, and excellent facilities. The research training you receive will be tailored to your particular needs, which your supervisory team will discuss with you once you join the programme.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Contact us

If you’re a current or prospective research degree candidate and you need more guidance about the right research programme for you, please contact our research team:

Phone: +44 (0)161 295 6435


Doctoral School

Becoming a world-class researcher is challenging yet rewarding. It takes amazing dedication and plenty of hard-work.

If you are a current or prospective research degree candidate, find out how our Doctoral school is here to give you support to help you reach your goal.

Acoustics Research at Salford

For over 60 years, acoustics and audio research at Salford has shaped global audio products, mobilised advanced acoustic consultants and set regulations and standards worldwide.

Learn more about our research legacy, and explore some of our latest projects.


What you need to know


Audio and acoustics engineering postgraduate research applicants come from a variety of backgrounds. Many hold a first degree which has provided the principles of engineering and/or scientific practice. This could include mechanical engineering or physics, but also acoustical engineering, applied science degrees and other engineering disciplines, such as electrical, architectural and civil.  

With perception playing an important role in many doctorates, applicants might also hold a first degree in subjects such as experimental psychology or geography. Applicants from an audio production, music technology or architecture background are welcome but 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 will take responsibility for managing your learning and will be expected to initiate discussions, ask for support and be proactive in your studies.

Applicants are required to attend an interview.


International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.


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 study. To comply with Home Office regulations, you must obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK. Please refer to your offer conditions. You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website 

Standard entry

Undergraduate/postgraduate degree

PhD: First or upper second class undergraduate degree or equivalent, and/or a relevant postgraduate diploma or Masters degree.

MRes: a first or upper second class undergraduate degree or equivalent


Alternative entry

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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).

How much?

As a postgraduate research student, you will need to pay annual tuition fees. These vary according to the programme you are studying. Both we and other organisations offer a range of scholarships and discounts to postgraduate research students.

More information about fees and funding.

Salford graduates, including those who studied a programme delivered by Robert Kennedy College, are entitled to a 20% discount on programme fees.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £4,407per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14,515per year
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on residential travel and accommodation visits.

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Enrolment dates

January 2021

May 2021

September 2021