Engineering and the Environment

Acoustical Engineering courses

Acoustical Engineering students testing their design in the anechoic chamber

Applying sound knowledge to real life challenges

Sound and Vibration is an important aspect of nearly every engineering discipline:

  • Aircraft, trains, cars, every mode of transport generates noise and vibration both for passengers and the surrounding environment – controlling it isn’t just desirable, it’s often a legal requirement.
  • Sound is the only means of long-range communication underwater; submarines use sound (SONAR) to explore their environment as do whales and dolphins.
  • Ultrasound allows us to see inside the body; cochlear implants literally allow the deaf to hear.
  • In the built environment every space benefits from expert acoustical design whether it’s a concert hall or a classroom; a recording studio or a restaurant.
  • Communication technologies rely on audio signal processing, from noise reduction on VoIP calls to high-performance 3D stereo.
  • Even though “in space no one can hear you” satellites must be designed to withstand the intense acoustical and vibrational environment of take-off.

In these areas and many more, Acoustical Engineers who combine fundamental engineering skills with expertise in sound and vibration engineering are highly valued and are in great demand.

Acoustical Engineering courses

MEng/BEng (Hons) Acoustical Engineering

BSc (Hons) Acoustics with Music

Foundation Year Engineering/Physics/Geophysics

Why study Acoustical Engineering at Southampton?

If you have an interest in the science and engineering of sound and vibration then Southampton's acoustical engineering degree courses are the choice for you. This unique four-year integrated Masters degree course combines in-depth study of acoustics and vibration with a full range of engineering topics. It is accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)and the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and is the only acoustics course that meets the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

You will be taught by leading academics from the University’s world-renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR). We are one of the top universities for engineering and our courses are ranked 4th by the Guardian University Guide (2016).

As a founding member of the Russell Group universities, our reputation for research is outstanding. You will have the opportunity to be involved in ground-breaking research as it unfolds. Our degree courses also offer you the flexibility to select modules that suit your interests in your final year.

Southampton is in the top one per-cent of world universities (QS2015). You will benefit from our world-class facilities and partnerships with industry, including the largest UK anechoic chamber and Rolls Royce University Technology Centre for Gas Turbine Noise.

Practical learning forms a large part of our courses. You will carry out individual and group design work. Previous group projects include working with Jaguar Land Rover on the design of an acoustic warning system for electric cars and aircraft engine placement. We also encourage our students to gain practical experience with industry. Recent student placements include a year working as an acoustic consultant in Australia and a three-month position working with a European rail systems company on noise barriers.

What are my career options?

Our high-calibre students are working in a variety of roles - graduate engineer, graduate acoustical engineer and acoustic and vibration consultant. Our graduates have gone on to work for Dyson, Skype, AECOM, Thales, Arup, Cullum, Frazer-Nash and Kef . A significant number have started their own companies, some of which are now employing subsequent Acoustical Engineering graduates.