Research course


Open University · Department of Music

Entry requirements

PhD: Entry requirements vary according to the research topic and/or specific studentships. The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a masters degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you have a qualification from outside the UK, or you are not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us by email before applying. MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.

- Environmental acoustics- Musical acoustics- Non-invasive monitoring

Months of entry


Course content

The Acoustics Research Group has been in existence for over thirty years, carrying out internationally leading research in the fields of environmental acoustics, musical acoustics and the development of non-invasive acoustical measurement techniques.

The three members of academic staff in the group hold positions in, and have strong links with, the Institute of Acoustics, the European Acoustics Association and the Acoustical Society of America. At any given time, the group hosts around five full-time research students and postdoctoral researchers, ensuring an active and focussed research community with full academic and technical support.

Key facts
- Circa £1 million external research funding obtained in past 3 years.
- Established worldwide collaborations with other acoustics research institutions.
- Strong links with musical instrument manufacturers and professional musicians.
- All research students have the opportunity to present work at major international conferences.
- Excellent opportunities for involvement in acoustics outreach activities.
- Members of the group appear regularly in both the local and national media.

Acoustic Research Group facilities include two anechoic chambers, a laser laboratory, a high speed camera, a scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer, professional quality microphones, as well as a wide range of measuring apparatus and high performance computing equipment.

Department specialisms

- Environmental acoustics - Musical acoustics - Non-invasive monitoring

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Dr David Sharp
+44 (0)1908 655799