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Acoustical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year

University of Southampton
Program overview
Length: 5 years
Education level: Master's degree
Price: 20,320 GBP
Start dates
September 2019 
September 2020 
September 2021 

Program description

Program description

Acoustical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year

Our courses provide you with the fundamentals of engineering, combined with specialist studies in acoustics, vibrations, and their human effects. Alongside these topics, you will take design modules, which will enable you to apply your knowledge and develop the skills you need to become a successful engineer.
This four-year integrated masters provides you with the opportunity to study a more extensive range of specialist acoustical engineering subjects than the BEng course. The first two years of our Acoustical Engineering degrees are identical, providing the same comprehensive foundation. You will extend your knowledge and skills in your third and fourth years, taking part in individual and group projects.
The Industrial Placement Year is an additional year-long module that allows you to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The Industrial Placement Year will be taken between your second and third years, extending your degree to five years. During your year-long placement, you will fulfil the role of a trainee engineer on a full-time basis.
We offer our students a dynamic learning environment; your course will include a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, private study, and individual and group projects.

Admission requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate study which you can find listed below. To find the specific grades and entry requirements required for each course, please contact the University.

    Accepted qualifications typically include:

  • GCE A levels and AS levels
  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Access to HE Diplomas
  • BTECs
  • many European and international qualifications
  • combinations of qualifications

If you are taking (or have taken) qualifications not listed on the course pages, admissions tutors will be happy to advise you on entry requirements for the course.

Program content

Course details


The first year provides a background in acoustics, emphasising the physics and mathematics of acoustics, sound and vibration. The second year covers further acoustics, vibration, mathematics, design, fluid dynamics and introduces audio technology and control. In your third year, you will choose from range of module options, suited to your own interests. Your fourth year features an extensive group design project, and you will take a selection of module options.
The Industrial Placement Year is an additional year-long module, that will be taken between your second and third years, extending your degree to five years.
Core and compulsory modules: Year 1: Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment, Design and Computing, ThermoFluids, Electrical and Electronics Systems, Acoustics I, Mechanics, Structures and Materials. Year 2: Systems Design and Computing, Electronics, Drives and Control, Engineering Management and Law, Audio and Signal Processing, Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanics, Machines and Vibration, Acoustics II. Year 3: Individual Project, Acoustical Engineering Design, Noise Control Engineering, Human Responses to Sound and Vibration. Year 4: Group Design Project; and 1 from Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing, Project Management – Processes, and Project Management – People.

Assessment method

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

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