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Acoustical Engineering

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

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

BEng/MEng (Hons) Acoustical Engineering

BSc (Hons) Acoustics with Music

Foundation Year Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics

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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. The BEng and MEng Acoustical Engineering courses combine in-depth study of acoustics and vibration with a full range of engineering topics. They are accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), and the MEng course 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 11th by the Guardian University Guide (2018).

We are pleased to have launched the new Industrial Placement Year, which is an additional year-long module that allows students to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The successful placement will be recognised on your Degree Certificate.

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 (QS2016). You will benefit from our world-class facilities and partnerships with industry, including one of 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. Find out more about our students' projects on the Design Show blog.

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.

The MEng Acoustical Engineering course gave me a solid understanding of acoustics from which to build my career and connections to academic staff who are pioneers in their field.

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