Research course

Sound Engineering

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD will normally be required to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

The Sound Engineering Research Group (SERG) embraces knowledge and innovation in the fields of sound creation and capture, music production, audio electronics, acoustics and psychoacoustics, digital audio processing and audio data management and distribution.

The key motivation of the group is to develop new and novel engineering knowledge and techniques for the creative audio industries, as well as engaging in innovative design in all facets of the audio engineering field. A current project, concerning the development of quantitative methods for accurate and repeatable percussion instrument tuning has yielded new intellectual property which is in the process of being exploited. Industrial collaboration is key to the success of SERG. Recent projects discussing the psychoacoustic perception of loudness in commercial music releases - in collaboration with The Pleasurize Music Foundation in the USA, development of networked data management systems for interview recording - in collaboration with AV Niche in the UK, and development of ultrasonic systems for pest control - in collaboration with STV Pest Control in the UK, have consolidated the group's industrial and international reputation.

Researcher profile: Philip Richardson

"Whilst studying for my undergraduate degree a couple of my lecturers encouraged me to stay on and consider postgraduate study. As I'd enjoyed my time at Anglia Ruskin, and had always wanted to take my studies further, it was an easy decision to make.

I believe undertaking my PhD at Anglia Ruskin has given me the knowledge and confidence to achieve success in the future. It's already paying dividends with my success in the University's The Big Pitch competition where I recently won £10,000 of start-up funding for my business idea to create a software programme that analyses music and then generates an animation based upon it. I'm really looking forward to turning the idea into reality and hope that the finished product will be able to be used by aspiring musicians to easily and cheaply create professional music videos to showcase their talents via online channels such as YouTube.

In the future, I hope to develop my business ideas and perhaps even work abroad. Japan is a country that I'd love to work in and there is a lot of demand there for people with the skills that I've acquired."

Information for international students

We welcome applications from International students, Please visit our website for more information

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Click: for information on educational trusts, or for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 - 36 months
part time
30 - 48 months


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science & Technology
+44 (0) 845 271 3333