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About the course

The diploma is widely recognised as the leading specialist qualification for professional acoustics practitioners, and meets the educational requirements for corporate membership of the Institute of Acoustics.

Providing high-level practical acoustics knowledge and a thorough grounding in the real-world applications of your skills, this part-time Institute of Acoustics (IoA) Diploma delivers the expert training you need to secure a career in areas relating to noise and vibration - including environmental health, engineering or manufacturing, health and safety, sound reproduction and acoustic consulting.

You will study a range of core theoretical and practical subjects, and have the option to learn about regulation, measurement and assessment along with the general principles of acoustics. 

Specialist facilities Apply direct Further studies Part time option

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2017/18 fees are:
£3,600 for tuition, plus £1,320 examination fees.

If you would like more information, please contact us via email: acoustics@solent.ac.uk.

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Key entry requirements

A bachelor's degree in a science, engineering or construction-related subject, or an Environmental Health Officer's Diploma.

We also consider candidates with alternative qualifications and related professional experience.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

acoustics@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3000

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University. You can apply online, using the link below: 

Apply online for the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control 
How to apply

What you'll study

Core modules

  • General principles of acoustics
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Project
  • Two specialist modules from:
    • Building acoustics
    • Regulation and assessment of noise
    • Environmental noise: measurement, prediction and control
    • Noise and vibration control engineering

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Facilities

During the course you will have access to a large variety of specialist acoustics equipment and facilities, including a hemi-anechoic chamber and data acquisition system for sound power measurements and electrostatic testing.

We also have industry-standard sound level meters, vibration analysers, head-and-torso simulators, audiometry equipment and architectural acoustics modelling software.

Excellent professional links with a number of different relevant industry sectors. There will be opportunities to build practical experience on projects and through the University’s Solent Acoustics consultancy.

Your future

Acoustics is a multidisciplinary field – a wide range of companies employ acousticians in different roles. Examples of career destinations include: acoustic consultant, acoustic engineer, audio system designer, recording studio and concert hall designer, environmental health officer, environmental consultant, audio engineer, health and safety officer, building control officer.

Key industries which employ acousticians include mechanical engineering and manufacturing, construction, architecture, local authorities, automotive engineering, aerospace engineering, maritime/naval engineering, civil engineering, audio systems design and electroacoustics, computing, telecommunications. 

The growing field of acoustics offers significant opportunities, with high demand for appropriately qualified staff into graduate positions. Widely recognised as the leading specialist qualification in acoustics, this diploma offers a significant career advantage.

If you are interested in taking your acoustics studies to master’s level, the diploma is also recognised by a number of UK universities as counting towards the award of MSc degrees.

Industry links

This is a professional qualification, and is recognised across the industry. We have excellent links with a number of companies across the sector, as well as hosting regular industry events and conferences, to which Diploma students are invited.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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