Acoustics is the study of sound and vibrations. Many advances today, from medical diagnosis to understanding climate change, are attributed to this discipline, as well as the more obvious breakthroughs relating to audio and noise control.
Acoustical engineering demands a remarkable breadth and depth of study, drawing on disciplines such as mechanics, materials, manufacturing, electronics and signal processing. Consequently, acoustical engineering is an excellent degree choice for those who want to open up a broad range of scientific and engineering career options on graduation.
We offer a 3 year BEng and a 4 year MEng in Acoustical Engineering as well as a BSc in Acoustics and Music - a unique sound engineering degree programme taught in leading centres for both music and acoustics.
Our MEng Acoustical Engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)and the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), and meets the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
Practical experience is essential in today's employment market, our degree programmes provide plenty of opportunities for you to enhance your practical skills and put your theoretical knowledge to the test in our world-class facilities.
In the second year of our acoustics degree programmes you will have the opportunity to design your own loudspeaker and then put it to the test in our anechoic chamber - a room in which the walls, floor and ceiling are lined with sound absorbing material which is an ideal environment for testing loudspeaker frequency responses.
For those considering the MEng degree programme in the 4th year you will complete a Group Design Project, this gives you and your team the opportunity to address a challenge that will put your knowledge to the test.
The project opportunities change from year to year in line with the research activities of the ISVR. Our acoustics degree students have worked on projects including the development of Earbot - a robot that can follow the sound of a speaking person and projects looking at virtual stereo to reproduce 3D sound in the home.