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  5. Environmental acoustics

Environmental acoustics

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Environmental acoustics research carried out by the Acoustics Research Group includes work on improving the prediction of sound propagation outdoors, producing more effective noise barriers, increasing understanding of acoustic-to-seismic coupling mechanisms, and measuring the acoustic impedance of porous materials.

The research is carried out by PhD students working individually or in collaboration with the group’s other PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

Projects in all of the above areas are possible. Also, please approach us if you are interested in another topic that remains within the broad interests of the research group.

Potential supervisors

  • Professor Keith Attenborough
  • Dr David Sharp
  • Dr Shahram Taherzadeh

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr David Sharp
+44 (0)1908 655799

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.