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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Graduate Spotlight – Ben Simmonds

Ben Simmonds, a graduate of Derby’s MSc Audio Engineering program, embarked on a journey of self-discovery and academic rigor. With a background in physics and music, Ben sought the challenge offered by Derby. Initially uncertain about his career path, the course instilled in him invaluable research skills and coding proficiency. Despite the upheaval caused by...
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Paper Spotlight – An improved omnidirectional loudspeaker

This week we feature the paper, “The ICOSSA Project – An improved omnidirectional sound source for room acoustic testing,” by David Gilfillan, Glenn Leembruggen, and Adam Hill, which presents an interesting advancement in the field of room acoustics. This paper is relevant to acoustics professionals, sound engineers, and venue designers, as it introduces an innovative...
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Graduate Spotlight – Matt Galland

Matt Galland, a graduate of Derby’s BSc (Hons) Sound, Light, and Live Event Technology program, thrives as a freelance audio engineer based in London. Originally from Preston, his journey epitomizes a practical passion for live events. Initially undecided, Matt found his calling in sound engineering during his studies. The course equipped him with vital technical...
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Paper Spotlight – Prediction of annoyance due to live music

In our spotlighted paper this week, “Towards a subjective quantification of noise annoyance due to outdoor events,” Charbel Hourani and Adam Hill explore the complex nature of noise annoyance and its impact on communities surrounding outdoor events. This innovative research is relevant to event organizers, policymakers, and community leaders, providing a novel approach to understanding...
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