School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Subject area - Acoustics, Audio and Video
Start Dates(s): September
MSc (one year full-time or 32 months part-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time or 20 months part-time)
Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module
UK - £7,560
International - £13,860
Distance Learning - Full-time £7,380, part-time £1,230 per 30 credit module
- An in-depth analytical treatment of audio and acoustic engineering as used in industry and research
- You will be taught by world-class researchers with international prominence and strong industrial links
- Strong and long-standing connections with industrial partners across Europe which inform course content, drive postgraduate recruitment, and create collaborative MSc summer project opportunities
- Part-time study option
- Overseas study available
- International students can apply
The generation, manipulation and reproduction of high quality audio are core elements of the rapidly expanding communication, entertainment, music and sound engineering industries. This course is aimed at graduates of numerate science disciplines, who wish to make the transfer into this exciting and growing sector. Building on the engineering fundamentals you already know, it will provide you with the specialist expert knowledge required to become a future leader in audio technology. The University of Salford has a long history of research and teaching in audio and acoustics - by taking this course you will be joining a community of alumni who can be found at the heart of many leading organisations both in the UK and abroad.
You will study core topics including architectural acoustics, psychoacoustics, dynamics and vibration, computer modelling and measurement. Beyond this, the course provides specialist modules in digital signal processing and advanced loudspeaker and microphone design. Further specialisation is then developed in the Project module.
You will be based in the university’s internationally-renowned Acoustics Research Group. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework panel praised our outputs, saying that the Salford submission showed “particular strengths in acoustics”, and our industrial links led our REF impact case study to be singled out by the EPSRC and Royal Academy of Engineering for highlight the economic benefits of engineering and training.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for Corporate Membership of the Institute. Graduates may attain Engineering Council registration via the Institute of Acoustics.
This course offers a variety of flexible study formats, including full and part-time modes, either on campus or via distance learning. Those considering part-time study should bear in mind that the programme is intensive, and that generally, we advise that part-time means half time, i.e. you would need to allocate half the week to you studies ≈ 19 working hours.
This course comprises eight 15 credit taught modules, followed by a 60 credit project module leading to the dissertation. For full-time students, the taught modules all take place in trimesters one and two, followed by the project module in trimester three. For part-time students, the taught modules are spread over trimesters one and two of two years, followed by the project module in year three.
Please note that the ‘Measurement Analysis and Assessment’ module includes a lab week in semester 1 of year 2, attendance of which is also mandatory for distance learning students. Depending on your nationality you may require an ATAS certificate and Short Term Study Visa for this – see the Entry Requirements tab for details.