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Acoustical and Vibration Engineering (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Learn how to apply acoustics to technology on this MSc in Acoustical Engineering. This master’s degree will give you expert knowledge of the latest modern developments in sound, vibration and signal processing. You’ll graduate with the skills you need for a career in acoustical engineering or for continued study at PhD level.

Acoustical engineers combine an understanding of engineering fundamentals with specialist knowledge of sound and vibration. We’ll develop your practical and problem-solving skills to apply them in fields including:

  • noise control
  • audio engineering
  • architectural acoustics
  • biomedical ultrasounds

You’ll study at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) - a world-leading centre for acoustical engineering.

You can choose to study acoustic engineering as a general topic, but may also decide to specialise in signal processing or structural vibration:

  • Signal processing provides in-depth training on modern signal processing techniques for biomedical applications and audio signal processing.
  • Structural vibration emphasises the advanced techniques to model, measure and control vibration in mechanical systems such as railways and automotive applications.

This acoustic engineering course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning, for Chartered Engineer registration. Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course lead

Your course lead is Emiliano Rustighi - Associate Professor in the Dynamics Group at the ISVR within Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Dr Rustighi has research interests in the control and monitoring of vibrating structures. Applications range from mechanical structure, to seismic excitation up to muscle performances. Visit Dr Rustighi’s staff profile to learn more about his work.


This course is accredited by:

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.