Taught course

Acoustical Engineering

University of Southampton · Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in Engineering, Science, Mathematics subjects, such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic or Electrical Engineering. We may consider Music Technology graduates (dependant on the Mathematics content of the degree), but do not consider pure Music graduates.

Those candidates with relevant employment experience will be considered if they do not meet the requirements. Applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

Acoustical engineers are in great demand in almost every field of engineering. Whether they’re creating concert halls with better acoustics, new ways to control machinery vibration, clearer ultrasound scans or quieter aeroplanes, acoustical engineers combine a solid understanding of engineering fundamentals with specialist knowledge of sound and vibration. Hosted by the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), this MSc programme is aimed at engineering, science or mathematics graduates. No prior knowledge of acoustics is required. You will cover aspects of engineering acoustics, vibrations in structures, applied signal processing and human effects of sound and vibration, and have the opportunity to work on a wide range of real-world applications. You can specialise in one of two pathways in Signal Processing or Structural Vibration.

Compulsory modules: Research Methods; MSc Research Project; at least two out of Fundamentals of Acoustics; Fundamentals of Vibration; Signal Processing

Optional modules:
Musical Instrument Acoustics; Noise Control Engineering; Underwater Acoustics; Electroacoustics; Aeroacoustics; Architectural and Building Acoustics; Audio Engineering; Human Responses to Sound and Vibration; Advanced Vibration; Biomedical Application of Signal and Image Processing; Active Control; Applied Digital Signal Processing; Numerical Methods for Acoustics

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Engineering and the Environment
+44 (0)23 8059 4651