Department of Acoustics
1 and 1/2 Year Masters Course in English
B. Sc. in electronic engineering or an equivalent degree.
The study form differs from that of most other universities. The education is problem-orientated, and the main part of the study consists of working on projects in student groups of 3-6 members. This is obvious at the first sight of the University - the campus is dominated by the numerous group rooms for students.
A number of courses are given primarily in the beginning of the semester, and for the international M. Sc. programme in Acoustics these courses are all offered in English.
Each semester has its own theme for projects and associated courses. Engineering projects usually comprise design and implementation of an electronic system. More research-orientated projects may include planning and execution of a small scale scientific experiment. Most projects in the M. Sc. programme are carried out in close cooperation with research activities.
Students are accepted for the entire programme, or for single semesters as part of student exchange programmes.
The Department of Acoustics holds a staff of 13-14 scientific members. Research activities focus on three main areas: Recording and reproduction technique, human sound perception, and computer simulated auditory environments.
Work at the department with recording and reproduction techniques has mainly focused on binaural technology, including large scale measurement series on human subjects. A substantial body of work in this field has led to a leading position in the world, and has enabled design of a high quality artificial head, 'Valdemar'.
Work with human sound perception includes investigations into perception of direction and distance, effects of noise, and measuring hearing thresholds and loudness perception. As an example, the department is currently involved in the revision of the classic loudness level contours, work that requires a substantial amount of listening tests and statistics.
The work with binaural technology has also formed the basis of the work with computer simulated auditory environments. The generation of authentic sound corresponding to fictive acoustic surroundings can be applied within e.g. architecture ('listening to a concert hall before it is built'), interactive virtual reality, and teleconferencing. A dedicated workbench for auditory virtual environments is under development.
For others the explanation is simply that they never found the study course they looked for at home. Going abroad may seem to be a high price to pay for a professional interest, but students of today are not discouraged by having to face foreign cultures. On the contrary - they seem to enjoy it!
Students also want their studies to be fun. Quite many ask for student exchange even though they are fully satisfied with the study course they are following. They just look for a break from a long period in familiar surroundings.
"During the last few years the Department of Acoustics has had quite a few enquiries from foreign students, who wish to study one or more semesters at our department. As head of the department I am grateful for their interest in our education, and very happy to announce the international master's programme in acoustics now offered by Aalborg University.
Candidates from our department have pursued careers in various fields of acoustics, e.g. consulting, loudspeaker development, hearing aid development, cellular phones, and measurement equipment. We try to give our students a broad background in acoustics but also to involve the students in our research activities. We offer facilities of a very high standard, among other things including an anechoic room, a reverberation room, a standard listening room, infrasound facilities, an auditory virtual reality workbench, and high quality measurement equipment.
If you consider a career in acoustics with the benefits of an international study period, please feel free to ask for more information".
Students wishing to study for a single semester only, are encouraged to require information on the University's student exchange programmes.
It is recommended that applications are submitted well in advance of the beginning of the semester. Priority will be given to applications received early.
Aalborg University has a long tradition and much experience in student exchange, and the International Office can be of assistance with accommodation and other practical matters. Normally, this assistance is offered only if the application is received at least three months before the beginning of the semester.
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