- Gain the knowledge, practical skills and problem-solving abilities which are essential for professional acousticians
- Choose to specialise in specific areas of acoustics to reflect your current job role or career aspirations
- Build your professional credibility on a course accredited by theInstitute of Acousticsand meet the educational requirements for membership of the Institute
- Study at a leading centre with over 20 years' experience of delivering acoustics training
Take your interest and skills in acoustics to the next level on this practical and inspiring accredited course.
A boost for your career and promotion prospects
Up to 75% of the students who join this course are already in employment and take theInstitute of Acoustics (IOA)Diploma to enhance their career prospects. Many work as pollution control or noise control officers with local authorities, environmental consultancies, architecture and engineering firms.
We also attract students who have just completed their undergraduate degrees and want to broaden their employment options. These students prove to be particularly successful in the job market after completing the IOA Diploma - resulting in 100% employment rates for the course in recent academic years.
The Diploma is useful for individuals from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds. Over the last decade it has, for instance, become popular with music technologists.
A valuable professional qualification
The Diploma is a sought-after accredited qualification which can lead to Associate Membership of the IOA, regarded as the UK's leading professional body in acoustics.
The IOA works with educational institutions to ensure the Diploma remains up to date and professionally relevant at all times. Members of our own teaching team take an active role in Institute affairs, serving on its Course and Educational Committees and helping to shape the structure of the Diploma.
As well as providing specialist academic training so that you can satisfy the educational requirements for membership of the IOA, the course can put you on the fast track to a masters degree at the University. It provides partial exemption from the requirements for the award of ourMSc Applied Acoustics.
Learn from the experts
We have a strong reputation for delivering high-quality acoustics courses. Derby is currently the largest centre in the Midlands for the IOA Diploma, recruiting around 20 students per academic year who study at our Derby Campus on a Wednesday.
You'll benefit from the support of our friendly and approachable academic staff. Our teaching team is made up of experienced and research-active acousticians, supported by locally-based consultants who deliver guest lectures on specialist themes.
Pursue your specialist interests
As part of the course, you can choose to focus on specific areas of acoustics, with specialist modules in Building Acoustics; Regulation and Assessment of Noise; Environmental Noise: Prediction, Measurement and Control; and Noise and Vibration Control Engineering. You will also undertake an individual research study exploring an aspect of acoustics which particularly interests you or which will aid your career progress.