PhD Audio Engineering

Our primary goal is simply this: to make sound better. We’re interested in human perceptions of audio quality, particularly of high-fidelity music signals. Our research combines elements of acoustics, digital signal processing, psychoacoustics, psychology, sound synthesis, software engineering, statistical analysis and user-interface design, with an understanding of the aesthetics of sound and music

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Entry requirements
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Start date
October 2024
4 years
UK fees
Overseas fees

Why choose this

  • Since the Institute of Sound Recording was created in 1998, we have become known internationally as a leading centre for research in psychoacoustic engineering.
  • Our research aims to provide tools to assist in any area where assessment of the quality of audio as perceived by human listeners is desirable but, for one reason or another, potentially problematic. We provide complementary tools to allow appropriate adjustment where the assessed quality can be improved. More generally, we aim to engineer perceptually-motivated signal analysis, processing and control systems.
  • We have doubled the facilities space in the Department of Music and Media. Our Performing Arts Technology Studios have been upgraded and complemented by a £1.7m investment in state-of-the-art production and media suites, and we have significant funding from research councils and industry. 
  • We belong to TECHNE, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded doctoral training partnership, which provides access to comprehensive academic and professional training programmes, as well as the possibility of funding for your studies.
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Research excellence

We are ranked in the top 20 for the quality of our research outputs - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 

Fantastic graduate prospects

100% of our Department of Music and Media postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA)

2nd in the UK

2nd in the UK for music in the Guardian University Guide 2024.

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