Bachelor's Degree in Acoustical Engineering (BEng)

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Acoustical Engineering (BEng)

Learn how to make the world sound better, with a specialist knowledge of acoustics, vibration and how they affect us. This acoustical engineering degree specialises in sound and our response to it. You'll study at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, a leading centre for Acoustical Engineering.

This acoustical engineering course 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 UK acoustic engineering degree includes practical work throughout, including lab work. 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.

You'll have access to our world-class acoustic and engineering facilities, which include:

  • dedicated design studios and workshops
  • anechoic and reverberation chambers
  • an aeroacoustic wind tunnel
  • a listening room
  • a virtual acoustics laboratory
  • a professional manufacturing centre

You can take this course with an additional year-long, paid placement.

The industrial placement year will further develop your vital professional skills and knowledge, and help you become a professional acoustical engineer after you graduate.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement, in part, for Chartered Engineer registration. This course is also accredited by the Institute of Acoustics.

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Admission requirements


AAB including mathematics (minimum grade A) and an additional required subject (minimum grade A)

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or 7 at Higher Level in Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation, and 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry or Physics


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A-level mathematics and A in an additional required A-level subject
  • We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma without additional A-levels
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma without additional A-levels
  • Applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma or the BTEC Diploma should apply for the Engineering/Physics/Mathematics/Geophysics Foundation Year

BTEC additional information

Required A-level subjects include mathematics and either chemistry, electronics, further mathematics or physics. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Acoustics 1
  • Design and Computing
  • Electrical and Electronics Systems
  • Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
  • Mechanics, Structures and Materials
  • ThermoFluids

Year 2

  • Acoustics II
  • Audio and Signal Processing
  • Electronics, Drives and Control
  • Engineering Management and Law
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
  • Mechanics, Machines & Vibration
  • Systems Design and Computing

Year 3

  • Acoustical Engineering Design
  • Human Responses to Sound and Vibration
  • Individual Project
  • Noise Control Engineering

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Architectural and Building Acoustics
  • Automobile Systems
  • Biomedical Application of Signal and Image Processing
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Electroacoustics
  • Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics
  • Human Factors in Engineering
  • Ocean Acoustics & Biomedical Ultrasound
  • Signal Processing
  • Theoretical and Computational Acoustics
  • Theoretical and Computational Acoustics
  • Vehicle Powertrain, Noise and Vibration
  • Vibration Engineering Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £23,720


  • Final award: Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BEng (Hons))
  • Name of award: Acoustical Engineering
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career paths

Acoustical engineers are in great demand in almost every field of engineering. You could work on:

  • better-sounding concert halls
  • superior sound reproduction systems
  • clearer ultrasound scans
  • quieter aeroplanes

As an acoustical engineering graduate, you can expect to secure roles such as:

  • acoustic engineer
  • audio engineer (R&D)
  • acoustic scientist
  • acoustic technician
  • noise engineer
  • bioengineer
  • sound engineer
  • acoustician

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