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

Our MSc, hosted by the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), requires no prior knowledge of acoustics. Graduates of science, engineering or mathematics will study vibrations in structures, applied signal processing and human effects of sound and vibration and have the opportunity to specialise in a Signal Processing or Structural Vibration pathway. Acoustical engineers are in great demand, and we will give you the chance to work on a wide range of real-world applications.


Compulsory modules include:

Professional Aspects of Engineering; Fundamentals of Acoustics; MSc Research Project; at least one out of Fundamentals of Vibration and Signal Processing

Optional modules include:

Musical Instrument Acoustics; Noise Control Engineering; Ocean Acoustics & Biomedical Ultrasound; Electroacoustics; Aeroacoustics; Architectural and Building Acoustics; Applied Audio Signal Processing; Human Responses to Sound and Vibration; Advanced Vibration; Biomedical Application of Signal and Image Processing; Active Control of Sound and Vibration; Numerical Methods for Acoustics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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