Taught course

Acoustics and Noise Control

London South Bank University · Engineering, Science and the Built Environment

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is a 2:2 degree or postgraduate qualification (or the equivalent experience and achievement) in a science or branch of engineering, or in a cognate discipline such as construction, sonic arts or environmental health.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is intended to provide sufficient specialist academic training to satisfy the educational requirements for Membership of the IOA.
The Diploma has been presented since 1975 and is well known for providing a high level training in acoustics and noise control and is widely recognised as the educational qualification of choice for the professionals in acoustics. Three Universities recognise the Diploma as providing partial exemption from their requirements for the award of MSc degrees. Through its Education Committee and the Diploma Tutors and Examiners sub-committee, the Institute strives to keep the Diploma up-to-date and professionally-relevant. The Diploma was updated and reconfigured in 2008 to take account of changes in the Higher Education Qualifications Framework and the need to maintain professional and academic standards. Between 150 and 200 students are registered annually for the Diploma and much of the recruitment stems from the recommendations of successful students.
Although we try our best to aid and support you throughout your Diploma studies, the academic and professional standards of the programme are demanding and you may find them tough at times. It is essential to devote sufficient time to your Diploma studies. As a rough guide the General Principles of Acoustics (GPA) Module might involve about 120 hours of study including coursework and tutorials and each Specialist Module might involve about half of this study time. However you might spend much longer or much less time depending on your background and inclination. If you allow adequate time for study, have confidence in your abilities and work hard, then you have every chance of success.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment37
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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