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Acoustical Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Highfield, 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 4-year course 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. You can also take a year-long paid industrial placement.

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 Masters 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 also take a paid industrial placement year. You'll develop vital professional knowledge and skills to enhance your career after graduation.

The course is unique as it is accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Acoustics.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 315.62 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield in Southampton and Boldrewood campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.