Research ( full-time, part-time)
January, April, September
MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
Join an innovative group in researching novel technologies and techniques for creating, capturing, producing, processing and sharing sound for the world’s audio industries.
The Sound and Game Engineering Research Group focuses on developing knowledge and techniques for the creative audio industries, as well as innovative design in all aspects of audio engineering.
Examples of our work include the development of quantitative methods for accurate, repeatable percussion instrument tuning.
Other recent projects have included research into the psychoacoustic perception of loudness in commercial music releases, development of networked data management systems for interview recording and development of ultrasonic systems for pest control.
These are just a few of the fields in which we’re active and we can supervise research in most fields of sound engineering, within the department and with specialists from other areas of Anglia Ruskin.
Industry plays an important part in our work. The Pleasurize Music Foundation (USA), AV Niche (UK) and STV Pest Control (UK) are just some of our recent collaborators.
Additionally there’s a large creative community here, including content creators and performers, and you’ll get to use high-quality audio studios and equipment.
If you've already conducted research and published work that demonstrates an independent and original contribution to knowledge in this field of you may wish to apply for a PhD by Published Work.
Our supervisory staff are recognised experts in their field. Their research expertise includes:
Dr Douglas Nunn - graphical display of musical information, gestural controllers for live audiovisual performance, merging music genre ontologies with controlled vocabularies
William Campbell - dynamic compression of popular music, live sound engineering, audio engineering/recording, acoustics, film sound, game sound, synthesisers
Alireza Sanaei - audio forensics, audio DSP
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Our research facilities include a high specification audio processing and reproduction laboratory with advanced software and hardware facilities by industry leaders such as Prism Sound, Avalon, Universal Audio, TC Electronic and Dynaudio.
Portable recording and audio analysis systems and specialist microphones are also available for research use and you can use our Logic / Pro Tools / analogue equipped undergraduate audio studios.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full and part time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview for a place. If have to pay bench fees this will be stated in your offer letter.
For 2018/19 the bench fee bands are:
Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
We’ll provide comprehensive research training in areas such as academic writing and publishing, research methods, subject developments, data analysis, conference skills and presentation.
You’re also welcome to attend undergraduate and postgraduate lectures to supplement your training.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email SEfirstname.lastname@example.org
MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
It's possible that research in this area will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. If we make you an offer to study with us we'll also give you the information you need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for your ATAS certificate. Receiving the ATAS certificate takes approximately four weeks.
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