The 'IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control' 2022/23 - available via Distance Learning for International Students

The 'IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control' 2022/23 - available via Distance Learning for International Students

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Alex Shaida
Updated Wed, 03/08/2022 - 13:21

By;  Kapil Thirwani

The pandemic left bitter and sour notes in everyone’s lives at different levels. The learnings have made radical changes in the way people lead their lifestyles at home and at work. During the lockdown there were reports from various metros that the population could actually hear birds chirp as the nature was not drowned in the traffic noise.

For a noisy country like India this was a realisation of a tranquil environment due to absence of noise. There have been reports from government agencies on studies in noisy industrial towns and metros like Kanpur and Mumbai. The range has been a drop of 6-10dB.

The growth rate of India just after the lockdown surpassed most developing countries due to internal consumption and heightened exports. We know the boom in infrastructure, construction and entertainment started since the late 1990’s and early 2000’s was gradual slope that just peaked in the third quarter of 2020.

Environmental acoustics monitoring and mitigation to noise and vibration have been on forefront and local governments have started new campaigns to curtail noise pollution. For example, Mumbai has made the noisiest traffic junctions as honk free and massive fines are levied to offenders. I know this as my driver was fined INR 2000 for the offense. The local government bodies overlooking construction activities have given new requirements to developers for façade noise barriers.

The Institute of Acoustics' graduate entry Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control has over the years become well established as providing high level training in real-world practical acoustics.  As a result, the Diploma is widely recognised as the leading specialist qualification for the professional practitioner in acoustics.  For the past 6 years we have had an upward trend of applications for the course. After the technical screening of applications 90% of these applicants opt for the course and the week long lab sessions in DARL, Dubai.

I have been helping students and professionals in the Indian Subcontinent that have been interested in the subject of acoustics and vibration.

Below are few of the recent graduated students that have taken the Diploma:


Saranya Meloth- Acoustic Consultant, WSP

‘The IOA Diploma Course has been a life changing experience for me in all good sense. It has educated me beyond expectations and opened up immense opportunities in the Acoustics world. When I started the course, I was bit sceptical on how the journey would be because it was a distance education course. but the structured curriculum and helping tutors made it very easy. The course syllabus/materials are very elaborate, touching all possible topics. The highlight for me was the one week long lab classes that helped me learn the way the acoustic measurements are taken and analysed. I would like to thank all my tutors and IOA faculties for providing guidance throughout the course and I would recommend this course for all people who are aspiring a career in Acoustics.’

Uchita Jhaveri - Architect

‘As an Architect and practicing as Acoustical Consultant had urge to learn and study indepth sound travel and its behaviour, sound measurement and its assessment for various environments, its mitigation methods and its affect on human. Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control by Institute of Acoustics, UK , offers this course majorly covering all these aspects. It was great learning experience which covers many other topics related to sound via assignments, projects and Laboratory sessions and also regulations, guidelines related to sound control and its impact on human. IOA faculty and administrative officers are addon to always to offer guidance for any queries and difficulties. I would thank Mr.Kapil Thirwani, Acoustical Consultant to introduce me to this course and enhance my skills in subject of Acoustics.’ 

EK Ullas 

"IOA Diploma course has indeed been a very valuable learning experience for me. Course materials were very informative, the mentoring approach was excellent and the online education portal was really superb. It was an excellent training experience in online classrooms. We never feel it was a distance education programme. The course is designed in such a manner that acoustic learning was not limited to any extent. I am gaining a lot of knowledge through the course. The assignments were really great as it helps the students to think out-of-the-box and clarify accordingly. The acoustic lab practical sessions provide a great chance to learn about acoustic measurement in a way that its been used in a professional acoustician's daily life. The IOA diploma course exceeded my expectations significantly." 


About the IOA Diploma

The IOA Diploma was started in 1975 to satisfy the educational requirements for Associate membership of the Institute. Since then over 2000 candidates have gained the Diploma and have gone on to become corporate members of the Institute. The Diploma is offered currently at six Higher Education Institutions in the UK and through tutored distance learning supported by extensive course materials.  A lab was launched in the Middle East in 2018 although students can also access the Dublin lab for the practical component.  The IOA Diploma has been offered via distance learning for many years, however in September 2020 a new blended programme is being launched with enhanced distance learning content to help support students taking the programme.

For more information about the Diploma for international students, you can contact:  education [at] ioa [dot] org [dot] uk

The next intake is for September 2022.  Students are advised to contact the IOA directly over the coming weeks for any questions, and to commence the application process if they are interested in the programme.


For an overview of the Diploma, you can view:

A short 3 minutes overview by Professor Keith Attenborough

Or watch the full overview by Professor Keith Attenborough


Further information on this website can be found by going here

If you are completely new to the world of acoustics, watch our careers video


About Kapil Thirwani:

Kapil Thirwani is  the Principal at Munro with offices based in Mumbai and Bengaluru, India.

Interested students are welcome to contact Kapil for an informal chat.  Email: kapil [dot] thirwani [at] ioa [dot] org [dot] uk