Welcome to Entertainment Engineering at the University of Derby!

Housed within the School of Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering, our subject area boasts an array of cutting-edge facilities such as 3D multichannel sound rooms, a hemi-anechoic chamber, a virtual reality cave, live event spaces, and advanced electronics labs.

Since its inception in 1999, our undergraduate course, BSc (Hons) Sound, Light, and Live Event Engineering, has enabled hundreds of students to excel as live event professionals worldwide.

In the postgraduate realm, our MSc Audio Engineering course, introduced in 2015, is enriched by the research capacities of the Electro-Acoustics Research Lab (EARLab). Additionally, our collaboration with the Institute of Acoustics has led to the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and the MSc Applied Acoustics, which have been guiding students and professionals in acoustics since the mid-1990s.

We maintain active educational partnerships and collaborations with industry stalwarts such as Meyer Sound, L-Acoustics, Solotech, Anna Valley, and Cloudbass. Furthermore, our dedicated faculty is engaged with well-known institutions including the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

On this website you can learn more about our academic programs, research initiatives, and the achievements of our staff, students and alumni. You’ll also find pertinent links that lead you to in-depth information on our courses and current research pursuits at the University of Derby.

For any questions or discussions related to our programs, research, or industry partnerships, please feel free to reach out through our contact form.


Recent blog posts (click here for the full blog):

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Paper Spotlight – Leq time interval for live music

Today we have “Sound Level Measurement, Monitoring and Management in Small Music Venues: Leq Averaging Time Interval” by Jos Mulder and Adam Hill in our paper spotlight. The paper addresses the critical issue of sound level management in live music environments, particularly focusing on the Leq time interval and its effects on dynamic range and...
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Paper Spotlight – Signal decorrelation for live sound

This week’s paper spotlight focuses on “Signal decorrelation for sound reinforcement system crossovers” by Adam Hill which delves into the application of diffuse signal processing to improve sound quality in live settings by addressing coherent interference issues. This paper is likely to be useful to audio professionals seeking an innovative solution for more consistent sound...
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Paper Spotlight – Live event sound exposure monitoring

In today’s paper spotlight, we have “A case study on practical live event sound exposure monitoring,” by Adam Hill, Ken Liston, Ian Wiggins, and Graham Naylor, introducing innovative strategies for real-time sound monitoring in music venues, aimed at reducing the risk of hearing damage for concert-goers while preserving the quality of live music experiences. This...
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Graduate Spotlight – David Imrie

David Imrie, a graduate from Derby’s BSc (Hons) Sound, Light, and Live Event Technology program, chose Derby for its strong engineering focus, influenced by a former boss who was a Derby graduate. Throughout his studies, his confidence grew, and he acquired a diverse skill set encompassing problem-solving, electro-acoustics, and more. Surprisingly, he developed a newfound...
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