Institute of Acoustics: Profile
Audio engineering, environmental health, music technology, physics and sound design – what do these degrees all have in common?
They are just some of the subjects studied by graduates who enrolled on the Institute of Acoustics’ Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control on getting their degree.
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The Diploma is widely established as the leading specialist qualification in the UK for the professional acoustician.
Studied part-time, normally over a year, it is available at accredited centres across the country and through tutored distance learning, an increasingly popular option with those in work.
As well as providing a much sought-after qualification, the Diploma is recognised by a number of UK universities as providing partial exemption from their requirements for the award of MSc degrees.
It is also a route to qualifying for membership of the Institute of Acoustics and chartered engineer (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
Angela Lamacraft, a senior consultant with Amec Foster Wheeler, a multi-disciplinary consultancy, studied the Diploma after graduating from Anglia Ruskin University with a BSc in audio and music technology.
“The Diploma is a great introduction to the different aspects of acoustics and after passing it I went on to study for an MSc in sound and vibration at the Institute of Sound and Vibration at the University of Southampton. I would certainly recommend the Diploma to anyone looking to move into acoustics,” she said.
Sam Daintree, an acoustic engineer at Sandy Brown Associates, is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield where he obtained a BSc in creative music technology.
“After I graduated I wanted to find out more about the physics of sound, which led to the discovery of acoustic consultancy and the Diploma,” he said. “It seemed a good entry point into acoustics, opening up possibilities of employment or further postgraduate training. The Diploma helped me gain a place on an acoustics MSc course and then my present job. It’s a great way to get into acoustic consultancy – it certainly gave me a good understanding of the fundamental physics of acoustics, without getting lost in calculus!”
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