London South Bank University

Course Introduction

The IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control is widely recognised as the educational qualification of choice for professional practitioners in acoustics, noise and vibration. It can help you securing a career in related disciplines including environmental health, mechanical engineering, building services engineering, architecture, urban planning, health and safety and the music industry.

The Diploma provides sufficient specialist academic training to satisfy the educational requirements for membership of the Institute of Acoustics, the most highly regarded professional membership in the acoustics, noise and vibration industry. The Diploma has been taught since 1975 and is well'known for providing a high level training in acoustics and noise control.

This is a professionally focused qualification and practical work is an essential part of the course, giving you direct experience of modern practices and measurement equipment.

The course runs part'time (one day a week) over one year, so you can manage your studies around existing work commitments. You'll have access to our extensive on'site and electronic library and Learning Resource Centre to support your learning.

LSBU has been offering courses in Acoustics for over 35 years, and houses the only centre for study in the South'East with full'size reverberant and anechoic chambers as well as an exceptionally well equipped and staffed laboratory, with access to the very latest instrumentation and technology.

Members of the teaching team are all highly'experienced and award'winning. In addition, all are actively involved in research and consultancy, which enables staff to draw on the latest industry developments in both lectures and practical work.

Successful completion of IOA Diploma exempts you from five out of eight modules of the LSBU MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics, if you decide to continue studying onto Masters'level.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • 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.
  • Although the IOA Diploma is committed to maintaining academic rigour, it is also committed also to an open access policy. If you lack the standard entry level then a qualification in an alternative discipline or substantial relevant professional experience may be an acceptable alternative as long as you can demonstrate an appropriate level of study skills and baseline knowledge, particularly in mathematics and physics. The course is considered to be to a postgraduate level. You should seek the advice of the course director if you are seeking non-standard entry and seek their recommendations for suitable preparatory studies. Also it is essential to be computer literate.