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Acoustics and Audio Engineering

This programme covers research in audio, environment, automotive, signal processing, materials, modelling and energy fields. Fields for acoustic PhD study include: three-dimensional sound reproduction and auralisation; absorbers for acoustics and noise control; acoustic simulation and modelling; acoustical engineering; archaeoacoustics; architectural acoustics; audio quality; audio signal processing; building acoustics including sound insulation; diffusers for auditoria and studios; environmental noise and vibration; metamaterials for acoustics; product design for sound quality; psychoacoustics for noise, music and other sounds; railway and tram noise and vibration; soundscapes; vibro-acoustics and NVH; wind turbine noise and SODAR.

Entry requirements

PhD: first or upper second class undergraduate degree or equivalent or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree.  Master Level study by research: a first or upper second class undergraduate degree or equivalent.


We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English requirement for non-UK/ EU students

Overall IELTS score of at least 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any one element.

We offer four entry points – October, January, April and July. Applications can be submitted at any point within the year.

Ph.D. students in acoustics come from a variety of backgrounds due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the subject. Many have a first degree that provides a foundation in the principles of engineering and/or scientific practice. This could include a mechanical engineering, or physics degree, but also acoustical engineering, applied science degrees and other engineering disciplines such as electrical, architectural and civil engineering.  With perception playing an important role in many doctorates, PhD students in acoustics might also have first degrees in subjects such as experimental psychology or geography. Applicants from an audio production, music technology or architecture background need to have experience of engaging with scientific methodologies.

As a student embarking on a postgraduate research degree you will be assigned a supervisory team, to help guide and mentor you throughout your time at the University. However, you are ultimately expected to take responsibility for managing your learning and will be expected to initiate discussions, ask for the help that you need and be proactive in your approach to study.

Applicants will normally be required to attend an interview.

Assessment methods

As a postgraduate research student at the University of Salford, you are required to meet a number of milestones in order to re-register for each year of study. These include: Learning agreement; annual progress report; self evaluation report; interim assessment; internal evaluation.


We are pleased to announce a 25% discount on your net fee if you are a University of Salford graduate.

International students welcome, please contact department for fees.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc (Research) Full-time £ 4,195 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc (Research) Part-time £ 2,098 (Whole course) Home/EU 2 Years
MPhil Full-time £ 4,195 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MPhil Part-time £ 2,098 (Whole course) Home/EU 2 Years
PhD Full-time £ 4,195 (Whole course) Home/EU 3 Years
PhD Part-time £ 2,098 (Whole course) Home/EU 5 Years

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