MSc Environmental and Architectural AcousticsSouthwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time; Day release
The best facilities
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?
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- 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.
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- 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.
- Ranked 2nd amongst London competitors for Student satisfaction in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
- Ranked 1st amongst London Modern competitors for Research Quality in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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
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.
The department has extensive links with industry. This means students have the opportunity to go on site visits, receive guest lectures, take part in research initiatives, go to networking events and collaborate on projects with professionals working in the field. Teaching makes extensive use of industry case studies to demonstrate theory and research techniques. Some of our links include:
- Sharpsredmore Partnership
- Anne Kyyro Quinn Design
- Peter Mapp Associates
- Vanguardia Consultants
- RBA Acoustics
- London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Royal Academy of Music
- Sound Research Labs
- Telent Technical Services
Recent guest lecturers include:
- Peter Mapp, Peter Mapp Associates (PA System Design)
- Bob Peters, AAD Consultants
- Professor Mike Barron, Partner, Fleming and Barron Acoustics Consultants
- Simon Kahn, Technical Director, Mott McDonald Acoustics
- Andrew Parkin, Acoustics Partner, Cundall Acoustics
This course meets the educational requirements for membership of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA). Membership can provide you with contacts and networking opportunities, so it's a good platform on which to build your career. It is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
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
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.
Dr Haydar Aygün
Course Director for MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics; Senior Lecturer in Acoustics
Dr Luis Gomez-Agustina
Director of the Institute of Acoustics Diploma and Certificate courses; Senior Lecturer in Acoustics
- 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 (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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MSc Environmental And Architectural Acoustics FT (JAN) - Year 1 FT Southwark JAN
|UK fee: £9590||International fee: £14470|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5227||Session code: 1FS00|
MSc Environmental And Architectural Acoustics FT (SEPT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK fee: £9880||International fee: £14900|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5226||Session code: 1FS00|
MSc Environmental And Architectural Acoustics PT (JAN) - Year 1 PT Southwark JAN
|UK fee: £3196.67||International fee: £4823.33|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5229||Session code: 1PS00|
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MSc Environmental And Architectural Acoustics PT (SEPT) - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT
|UK fee: £3293.33||International fee: £4966.67|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5228||Session code: 1PS00|
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