Leeds Beckett University



Leeds Beckett University is a university with two campuses in Leeds, West Yorkshire in the north of England. It gained university status in 1992 and traces its roots back to the 1824 Leeds Mechanical Institute. It is one of the largest universities in Britain, with 28,000 students from over 125 countries.

The university places a strong focus on employability after university. All courses include at least two weeks of work-related learning per year. Work placements are encouraged and very popular, with nearly half of all students taking a sandwich course. Leed’s stated aims are to have every graduate enterprising, digitally literate and with a global outlook.

  • 108th in the Guardian University Guide 2015
  • 102nd in the Complete University Guide 2015

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, almost a third of the work submitted was rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. In June 2007, Leeds Beckett (Leeds Met back then) was recognised for its environmentally friendly attitude by being ranked number one in the UK in the Green League 2007.



From the science and maths that goes into ensuring thousands of fans enjoy the same experience at a gig, to public speeches and designing studios – audio engineering plays a major role in the delivery of music and sound. This course is unique in that it combines the study of acoustics, audio system design and software engineering. In fact, you’ll develop an understanding of everything in which audio plays a part and the science behind it.

Your will study advanced audio engineering – such as loud speaker design and how to position them in space to give the best coverage – interface and interactivity, theoretical and applied acoustics, advanced audio engineering and audio software engineering.

You will be taught about digital signal processing, how to generate audio effects, research on psychoacoustics, analogue modelled effects and music information retrieval – analysing music to pull out meaningful information like drum beats and rhythm. You’ll also examine new research areas to develop better audio effects.

If you have an inquiring mind about audio and want to know more about how things work and the impact this has on the way we use them, this course is a great opportunity to pursue your passion. Leeds Beckett gives you the chance to tailor your studies on any of the key areas within our course that interest you most.


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Audio Technology or Engineering, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.


Whether you’re a recent graduate with a music technology or computing qualification, or an audio professional wanting to move up the career ladder – studying a course that combines so many areas of audio will enhance your employability. Companies recruiting software engineers for audio often take computing graduates and teach them digital signal processing – developing both of these areas will put you at an advantage in this industry.

  • Audio Designer
  • Production Engineer
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Live Sound Engineer

Leeds Beckett’s facilities are what make it stand out from the crowd – you will have access to a phenomenal array of the latest equipment.

You’ll have the opportunity to use the University’s reverberation chamber – in which you can move panels to control reverberation time and accurately create spaces – while the anechoic chamber will provide you with experience of measuring audio equipment.

Leeds Beckett also offers a suite of high-quality professional music studios and the latest computer resources for software engineering.

Thanks to the University’s strong links with live sound industries and audio plug-in development software companies you will hear from industry experts at guest lectures, while the tutors are some of the best acousticians.

If you’re an audio professional, Leeds Beckett help you formalise your knowledge of acoustics and live sound – from setting up PA systems, sound checks and making modifications when the audience arrives, to improving your knowledge of what is happens to sound so you can build a system that gives an audience the best possible experience.


Leeds Beckett University offers the following IOA courses:

  • Certificate Course in the Management of Occupational Exposure to Hand Arm Vibration
  • Certificate of Competence Workplace Noise Risk Assessment
  • Certificate of Competence Environmental Noise Measurement
  • Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control

Click here to learn more about the IOA courses

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Accreditations & Memberships

  • ISO-9001
  •  Institute Of Acoustics
  • Construction Line
  • LABC
  • IEMA
  • HAS


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Clients we’ve worked with

  • ITV
  • Unilever
  • Sig
  • Leeds University
  • Morrisons
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • City of Stoke On Trent
  • Hambleton District
  • Calvert Trust
  • Aldi
  • Arnold Laver
  • Broadley
  • Engie
  • Gardiner Theo
  • Iggesund
  • Oxford University
  • PepsiCo
  • Richmonshire
  • Savills