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Acoustical Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering
4 years
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
UCAS Course code

About this course

Gain a Masters-level knowledge of acoustics, sound and vibration and use it to make the world sound better. This acoustical engineering master's will provide fundamental engineering knowledge and a specialist understanding of acoustics. You'll study at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, a leading centre for Acoustical Engineering.

MEng Acoustical Engineering looks at how acoustics - the science of sound and vibration - is applied in technology. It has many applications, including:

  • design of cars

  • 3D-audio systems

  • designing concert halls

  • reducing aircraft noise

  • using ultrasound to fight antimicrobial resistance

This 4-year integrated master's course includes advanced Acoustical Engineering modules. You'll also take a masters-level group design project and apply your engineering knowledge to a design problem.

This course includes practical and lab work throughout. Our projects will allow you to design, build and test components and systems with enhanced acoustic properties. You'll gain the confidence to creatively solve engineering problems.

In your fourth year, you'll take part in a group design project, many of which are industry-led.

You'll have access to our world-class acoustic and engineering facilities, which include:

  • anechoic and reverberation chambers

  • an aeroacoustic wind tunnel

  • listening room

  • virtual acoustics laboratory

  • a professional manufacturing centre

You can take this course with an additional year-long, paid placement. Apply with UCAS code FF38 for the Industrial Placement Year option.

The industrial placement year will further develop your vital professional skills and knowledge, and help you become a professional acoustical engineer after you graduate.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement, in full, for Chartered Engineer registration. This course is also accredited by the Institute of Acoustics.


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Institute of Acoustics
“Sound recording was my first passion but the more I looked into the courses available at university, the more I realised I wanted to focus on science and engineering. When I found out about Acoustical Engineering, I knew that was the best choice for me.”
Daniel Gonsalves, third year student

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

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.

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