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IOA Acoustics and Noise Control Diploma

Overview

The IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control is widely recognised as the educational qualification of choice for professional practitioners in acoustics, noise and vibration. It can help you securing a career in related disciplines including environmental health, mechanical engineering, building services engineering, architecture, urban planning, health and safety and the music industry.

The Diploma provides sufficient specialist academic training to satisfy the educational requirements for membership of the Institute of Acoustics, the most highly regarded professional membership in the acoustics, noise and vibration industry. The Diploma has been taught since 1975 and is well-known for providing a high level training in acoustics and noise control.

This is a professionally focused qualification and practical work is an essential part of the course, giving you direct experience of modern practices and measurement equipment. 

Acoustics students

The course runs part-time (one day a week) over one year, so you can manage your studies around existing work commitments.  You'll have access to our extensive on-site and electronic library and Learning Resource Centre to support your learning.

LSBU has been offering courses in Acoustics for over 35 years, and houses the only centre for study in the South-East with full-size reverberant and anechoic chambers as well as an exceptionally well equipped and staffed laboratory, with access to the very latest instrumentation and technology.

Members of the teaching team are all highly-experienced and award-winning. In addition, all are actively involved in research and consultancy, which enables staff to draw on the latest industry developments in both lectures and practical work.

Successful completion of IOA Diploma exempts you from five out of eight modules of the LSBU MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics, if you decide to continue studying onto Masters-level.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • John Carrington, IOA Acoustics and Noise Diploma

    John Carrington, IOA Acoustics and Noise Diploma

    John is studying the IOA Noise and Acoustics Diploma and he hopes the knowledge he’s gaining from the course will help him push his career in a new direction.

  • Acoustic Research Facilities

    Acoustic Research Facilities

    Our acoustic laboratories offer an outstanding and rare learning environment. Facilities include an Anechoic Chamber and a Reverberation Chamber, which support cutting-edge research in the field of applied acoustics.

Modules

  • General Principles of Acoustics (GPA)
  • Laboratory 
  • Building Acoustics
  • Noise and Vibration control
  • Project

The GPA Module involves around 120 study hours including coursework and tutorials and each Specialist Module about half of this study time.

Successful completion of IOA Diploma exempts you from five out of eight modules of the LSBU MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics, if you decide to continue studying onto Masters-level.

For further information, please read the IOA Diploma 2015-16 course syllabus.

Employability

This course provides the specialist academic training needed to satisfy the educational requirements for corporate membership of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and it is recognised as a valid qualification towards achievement a Chartered Engineer status (CEng).

The Diploma is well regarded in other countries including the USA, Canada and Australia.

Graduates are particularly sought after  in the acoustics, noise and vibration control related industries. Other industry sectors such as Architectural, Building Services Engineering, Sound Engineering, Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Civil Engineering seek this qualification for some of their employees and projects.

...If there is a clear link between the number of job ads and growing economic prosperity, then it would appear that the acoustics sector is enjoying something of a boom.

Institute of Acoustics, March 2015

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We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff


Dr Haydar Aygün

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Aygün is a Senior Lecturer in Acoustics in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering at London South Bank University.


Dr Stephen Dance

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader; Course Director for MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics

Steve is a Reader in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture, with particular interests in music and acoustics, PA systems, urban wind turbines, vocal stress and speech intelligibility.


Dr Bob Peters

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Research Visiting Fellow

Bob has been active in research, teaching and consultancy in acoustics, since graduating with Honours in Physics from Imperial College, London, in 1965.


Prof. Bridget Shield

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Emeritus Professor of Acoustics; Visiting Professor

Bridget's research interests include the acoustic design of schools and its impact on pupils and teachers. She became the first female President of the Institute of Acoustics when she was appointed to this role in 2012.


Facilities

LSBU houses the only centre for study with this level of facilities in the South-East of England, including a full-size reverberation chamber, anechoic chambers, two audiometric booths and an exceptionally well equipped and staffed laboratory, with access to the very latest instrumentation and technology.

Our specialised lab equipment includes:

  • B&K Shaker
  • B&K accelerometers
  • B&K head and Torso Simulator
  • B&K calibrated sound source
  • BSWA two channel Standing Wave/sound transmission  Tube
  • Microflown Impedance Gun
  • 2 KayPentax Vocal Load APM
  • Svantek 6 Channel Vibration Meter
  • JBL 6112 Subwoofer
  • 2 Dodec Loudspeakers
  • 3 Norsonic Nor 140 Class 1 SLM
  • 2 CEL 593 Class 1 SLM
  • Svantek 958 Noise/Vibration meter
  • Norsonic Nor 132 Class 2 SLM
  • 6 NTI XL2 Class 1 SLM
  • 10 SoundBadge Dosimeters
  • Rion Vibration Suite
  • B&K Standing Wave Tube
  • Norsonic Sound Insulation Kit

reverberation chamber

Students work in the reverberation chamber

  • Acoustic Research Facilities

    Acoustic Research Facilities

    Our acoustic laboratories offer an outstanding and rare learning environment. Facilities include an Anechoic Chamber and a Reverberation Chamber, which support cutting-edge research in the field of applied acoustics.

Teaching and learning

Students learn through a combination of tutorials, lectures, and off-site visits. The Laboratory module consists entirely of hands-on experiments, and the Project module is practical investigative work, conducted under the supervision of a tutor where necessary.

Members of the teaching team are all highly-experienced and award-winning lecturers. Senior IOA Diploma teacher Bob Peters is a member of the IOA education committee and author of book Acoustics and Noise Control (3rd edition), widely used by students studying the Diploma.

acoustics students

2014-15 acoustics students

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is a 2:2 degree or postgraduate qualification (or the equivalent experience and achievement) in a science or branch of engineering, or in a cognate discipline such as construction, sonic arts or environmental health. 

Although the IOA Diploma is committed to maintaining academic rigour, it is also committed also to an open access policy. If you lack the standard entry level then a qualification in an alternative discipline or substantial relevant professional experience may be an acceptable alternative as long as you can demonstrate an appropriate level of study skills and baseline knowledge, particularly in mathematics and physics. The course is considered to be to a postgraduate level. You should seek the advice of the course director if you are seeking  non-standard entry and seek their recommendations for suitable preparatory studies. Also it is essential to be computer literate. 

Arrangements for delivering the  course  to  meet  the  needs  of  any students with special needs will be considered by the Institute of Acoustics, and the Institute's Board of Examiners will determine any allowance to be made in the student's assessment, including assignments, examinations, laboratory work or project.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
4341
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UCAS Postgraduate. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

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Fees and funding

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Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £5020International fee: £5020
AOS/LSBU code: 4341Session code: 1PS00

The individual Tuition Fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

The total fee shown is inclusive of the IOA exam fees, LSBU fee, course materials and the all official IOA course notes worth £150.

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You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding.
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Case studies

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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