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Environmental and Architectural Acoustics MSc

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Our professionally focused degree gives you direct experience of modern measurement equipment and techniques. We've been offering courses in Acoustics for over 35 years, and house the best facilities in the South-East of England, including a full-size reverberant and anechoic chambers, as well as an exceptionally well equipped laboratory, featuring the very latest instrumentation and technology.

Our anechoic chamber was featured by UNILAD:

Why Environmental and Architectural Acoustics at LSBU?

Offering courses in Acoustics for over 35 years, we house 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.
Our teaching team are award-winning. All are actively involved in research and consultancy, drawing on the latest industry developments in both lectures and practical work.
We showcase the high quality output of our acsoustic group on the LSBU Acosutic blog.
For those applicants who already hold an Institute of Acoustics Diploma, there is an option of direct entry to the second year of the part-time Masters course.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
16 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
28 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

As well as being directly relevant to the practice of acoustics, our modules consider the broader aspects of investigation and control of the built environment. Individual modules can be taken separately as part of continuing professional development.

  • Acoustics laboratory
    This module aims to convey the nature of sound and vibration with a considerable depth of knowledge through practical means, giving you an understanding of how to accurately measure sound, how sound behaves, and practical aspects of noise control. It introduces you to the basic principles of acoustics, familiarises you with modern sound level meters, measurement parameters and measurement techniques for noise surveys, room acoustics, sound absorption and sound insulation. You should be able to produce an accurate report to consultancy level which is critical of the laboratory, experiment, technique or instrumentation by comparison to the appropriate international standard.
  • Architectural acoustics
    The module provides specific acoustics knowledge as relevant to buildings and in particular rooms. The aims of the module are to gain understanding of room acoustics, measurement of room acoustic parameters and the various means of modelling the sound field in rooms across the frequency range.
  • Measurement and control of sound
    This module is designed to teach, at an advanced level, the physical mechanisms by which noise may be created, as well as to provide the analytic and practical skills required to control noise and vibration from a variety of sources. The module instils the knowledge of how to undertake noise and vibration measurements to meet specific acoustical standards and guidance.
  • Subjective and environmental acoustics
    Teaches, at an advanced level, the physical mechanisms by which the ear/brain interact to hear. The aims of the module are to: appreciate how human hearing deteriorates dependent on a number of variables; how legislation has developed to protect workers and how hearing protection can help under certain conditions; to appreciate the difference between subjective loudness and objective measurements; to learn how acoustic comfort criteria and legislation have been developed and applied to protect people in different environments.
  • Masterclass in acoustics
    This module is intended to give an insight to new and developing areas of acoustics that are not covered by the other taught modules in acoustics. The students will take these areas and develop appropriate ideas of their own in such a way that they become practical propositions. This will be facilitated by using the acoustics laboratory, the University workshops to develop a prototype solution which can be tested in the laboratory. Students will be given the opportunity to review international standards to allow their solution to be appropriately tested.
  • Research methods
    This module focuses on the essential communication and analytic skills required in research, including techniques for successful dissertation writing.
  • Energy engineering project
    For the final project module you'll devise and complete a piece of investigative work in an area of interest in considerable depth; the topic and scope of the project are selected with the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Assessment

Methods of assessment by module
Module titleAssessment
Acoustics laboratory 100% Coursework
Architectural Acoustics 100% Coursework
Subjective and Environmental Acoustics 50% Examination 50% Coursework
Measurement and Control of Sound 50% Examination 50% Coursework
Research Methods 100% Coursework
Environmental Management 100% Coursework

Employability

This course can be used as a conversion course for maths, physics, architecture, engineering or audio technology graduates. It's also suitable for professionals from fields such as music production and technology, engineering, environmental health, and many others.

Over the past decade a very high proportion our students have found employment in an acoustics related industry, and one or two outstanding students per year go on to undertake research on our sponsored PhD programme.

The supply of new acoustics graduates from UK universities has rarely met the number of job opportunities available in acoustics consultancy. This is particularly true at the moment, when the industry is struggling to recruit sufficient numbers of graduates within a growing sector.

Russell Richardson, Director, RBA Acoustics

Completion of the MSc satisfies the academic requirement for corporate membership of the Institute of Acoustics. The process of attaining Chartered Engineer status is offered through the Institute of Acoustics or the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Our past graduates include award winners and successful figures within the industry:

  • John Hinton, past president, IOA
  • Simon Kahn, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald
  • Dani Fiumcelli, Acoustics Technical Director, Temple Group Ltd.
  • Russell Richardson, Director, RBA Acoustics
  • Peter Mapp, Principal, Peter Mapp Associates

Acousticians work in a great variety of industries and environments and this profession is in high demand, especially in London, thanks to the wide range and speed of new infrastructure development.

Architectural acoustics

Many new buildings need careful acoustic design to make them sound good, protect them from nearby noise sources, and to make them commercially successful. This is especially true for places like concert halls, but equally applicable to universities, residential buildings, leisure centres and many others.

Day-to-day tasks could include: design meetings with architects and other engineers, noise surveys of existing and new sites, design using computer and physical models, communication of the design to the client and design team, project management, site supervision and commissioning of the finished projects. This offers a balance between creative, scientific and practical skills and is a career that will always present new experiences and challenges.

Environmental noise

Noise is a major issue for society: 80 million EU citizens live in unacceptably noisy areas. Environmental health officers consider noise in planning new developments, such as housing affected by noise, or new noisy activities, and enforcement of existing noise concerns including the sources of complaints  from the public.

Consultants in environmental noise work in small specialists firms or large multinational consultancies, including engineering firms. Junior staff measure noise and use computer models to predict noise levels from new developments such as roads, railways and industrial plants. Consultancy can be a demanding job, but one which offers great variety and career progression. (www.ioa.org.uk)

Other areas you could work in include audio engineering, noise control and product sound, musical acoustics, speech and hearing, ultrasound, and underwater acoustics.

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

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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 Luis Gomez-Agustina

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Course Director, Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Noise Control and Institute of Acoustics Certificate; Lecturer in Acoustics and Building Services

Luis is an acoustician and academic with research and development background. His areas of expertise are architectural acoustics, noise control, building and room acoustics, environmental noise, acoustic simulation, revision and creation of acoustic design guidelines. His current research interests are in office and performance spaces acoustics, sustainable acoustic design and improvement of quality of life through the acoustic environment.


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

Take a tour of the acoustics labs below.

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
  • 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

Half of your teaching time will be spent in the laboratory, reflected in the balance between coursework and exams.

Our teaching team is award-winning, and you'll enjoy guest lectures from world experts. 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.

Currently 50% of our full-time student cohort is from overseas.This allows our students to network across America, India, the Middle-East, Australia and Europe.

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor degree equivalent to UK 2:2 in a relevant subject.
  • Applications are also welcomed from those without the required qualifications that possess the life/work skills that would make them suitable to study at this level. Those applicants holding an Institute of Acoustics Diploma will be exempted from the appropriate taught units.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
16 months
Start date
January
Application code
P031423
Application method
See below
Mode
Part-time
Duration
28 months
Start date
January
Application code
P031423
Application method
See below
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P031423
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P031423
Application method

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. 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.

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.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5227Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5226Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5229Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5228Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

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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 the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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