MSc in Environmental and Architectural Acoustics

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc in Environmental and Architectural Acoustics

London South Bank University

This MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics 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.

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

This is a professionally focused applied degree and practical work is an essential part of the course, giving you a direct experience of modern measurement equipment and techniques. The modules are directly relevant to the practice of acoustics, and also consider the broader aspects of investigation and control of the built environment. Half of the teaching time is spent in the laboratory, and this focus is reflected in the balance between coursework and exams.

Individual modules can be taken separately as part of continuing professional development. 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. 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 Master's course.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 16 months / 12 months January Southwark Campus
Full-time 16 months / 12 months January; September Southwark Campus
Part-time 28 months / 24 months January; September Southwark Campus


Descriptions of module content

  • Acoustics laboratory
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Measurement and control of sound
  • Subjective and environmental acoustics
  • Environmental management
  • Research methods
  • Energy engineering project


Methods of assessment by module

Module title Assessment
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


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 Ph.D. programme.

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 types of new buildings need a careful acoustic design to make them sound good, to protect them from nearby noise sources, to make them productive and pleasant places to live or work in and to make them commercially successful. This is especially true for places like concert halls, but equally applicable to universities, residential buildings, leisure centers 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 a 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. (

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

We are the 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.


LSBU houses the only center 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 specialized 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

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

Members of the teaching team are all highly-experienced and 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 Second Class Honours Lower Division 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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
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12 - 28 months
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8,700 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £8700; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £2900; International fee: £4375
United Kingdom - London, England
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