Audio Engineering

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Drive the next generation of audio technology with the help of this distinctive masters programme. Underpinned by pioneering research, excellent teaching and first-rate facilities, our MSc Audio Engineering equips you with the skills and knowledge valued most by employers in the rapidly changing and dynamic field of audio engineering.

  • Hone your skills on a cutting-edge MSc programme developed in consultation with industry leaders
  • Gain up-to-the-minute knowledge in areas which are central to the needs of the sector, including audio electronics, live sound reinforcement, surround sound systems and software engineering
  • Prepare for high-level careers in the industry: our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading firms such as d&b audiotechnik, Bowers & Wilkins, Holovis and MQA
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, ranging from 3D multichannel sound rooms to a hemi-anechoic chamber
  • Be inspired by experienced and supportive lecturers who are renowned in the field and whose research even featured on Blue Planet II
  • Engage in your own cutting-edge research, with the chance to contribute to publications and international conferences
  • Hear from top industry professionals through fascinating guest lectures and master classes

Find out more about the exciting projects being undertaken by staff and students in our Entertainment Engineering specialist subject group. 

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Study Load: Full Time,Part Time
Course Category: Engineering & Technology
Degree Level: Master
Kedleston Rd, Derby, England, DE22 1GB, uk.

This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

For the Postgraduate Certificate, you will study three modules from the list below. 

Audio Electronics

The process of converting an acoustic signal into an electrical signal, applying processing (using analogue and/or digital methodologies), amplifying the signal and then converting back into the acoustic domain is complicated, requiring a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of electroacoustics. This module concentrates on the analogue and digital electronics of the electroacoustic signal chain. The discussion revolves around audio power amplifier design and also considers essential signal chain components surrounding the amplifier such as crossover networks and equalisation systems. The module will provide you with an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of advanced audio electronics, allowing you to apply your knowledge to the design and implementation of a fully-functional audio electronics device and to evaluate its performance.

Audio Innovation

The audio engineering industry is fuelled by innovation. The ability to stay ahead of the game often determines engineering successes and failures. This module is designed as a think-tank for all things audio, consisting largely of open discussions which give students the ability to develop innovative ideas alongside lecturers and invited speakers from industry. Emphasis is placed on innovative thinking, moving towards new and exciting solutions to long-standing engineering problems. Work carried out in this module focuses on a comprehensive understanding of a chosen cutting-edge research topic in audio engineering. Students are each assigned a research topic and are responsible for leading a seminar discussion on the topic. This module is designed to develop the students’ ability to stay on the leading edge of audio engineering research and to analyse and interpret current activity in academia and industry in order to develop ideas for future technological advancements.

Live Sound System Design and Optimisation

Live sound system design and optimisation is a multidisciplinary topic that can take the bulk of a career to master. This module covers the core science and engineering principles behind implementing a sound system that meets all design specifications. Large room acoustics, loudspeaker design, computer modelling techniques and a range of optimisation strategies are covered to build up a robust skillset which is valued by employers. This module culminates in a project focusing on the design, modelling and analysis of a sound system for real-world use.

Studying at Masters Level and Research Methods

This module aims to enhance your ability to study at masters level and to develop, plan and execute a project using the processes of research. It is a prerequisite for undertaking the masters dissertation (Independent Scholarship).

Advanced Surround Systems

Investigate, develop and analyse the science and engineering principles and theory of various surround systems applied at largescale live events. These include 3D cinema audio, broadcast, computer games audio and personal audio systems.

Audio Software Engineering

Prepare for an industry where music technology software is everywhere. You will focus on aspects of software engineering, usability, modular design and software life cycle, implementing real-time digital signal processing algorithms on digital audio.

Negotiated Technical Module

Engage with a specific aspect of the technology used within your subject area at masters level. Through practical industry experience you will combine elements of project management, target setting and implementation of objectives. 

You will study a further three modules from those listed under Postgraduate Certificate

Independent Engineering Scholarship

Apply and enhance the knowledge you have gained and develop your specialist skills in an area of your choice. 

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As a graduate of the MSc Audio Engineering, you will be ideally prepared to progress into rewarding careers within many fields of professional activity – or to advance an existing career if you are already employed.

You will find that high-calibre audio engineers are in demand in fields such as:

  • Electroacoustic engineering (loudspeakers, power amplifiers and so on)
  • Software engineering (digital signal processing, software development and so on)
  • Sound reinforcement
  • Acoustics
  • Automotive engineering

Our teaching team can give you advice on relevant employment opportunities and you will receive full support from the University’s Careers and Employment Service, who can assist in areas such as job application and interview techniques.

Where are they now? Find out where our graduates’ careers have taken them.

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£14,700 /Year 
International 2021
Domestic 2021
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