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Bachelor's Degree in Acoustics with Music

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

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Acoustics with Music

Learn to hear music in a new way, and discover how sound and vibration can affect us and the world around. This Acoustics with Music degree combines musical composition and critical analysis with acoustical engineering. Whether you sing opera, play guitar solos or make electronic dance music, we'll help you develop.

This degree provides a broad-based education in sound and technology as well as musical engineering, theory and performance. The modular nature of the course means you'll choose how you balance Acoustical Engineering and Music modules.

You'll use our extensive Music facilities, including:

  • dedicated rehearsal rooms
  • ensemble practice spaces
  • electronic studios
  • networked multimedia workstations

You'll study Acoustics at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, a leading centre for Acoustical Engineering. You'll use our world-class acoustic and engineering facilities, which include:

  • anechoic and reverberation chambers
  • an aeroacoustic wind tunnel
  • a virtual acoustics laboratory
  • a professional manufacturing centre

Each year you can take tuition to improve your performance as a soloist or accompanist, and enhance your public performing experience.

At our Turner Sims concert hall, you can watch professional musicians perform. We support the most extensive series of professional concerts and workshops of any UK university.

You can also take a Year in Employment to enhance your employability and give you vital experience.

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Admission requirements


AAB including mathematics (minimum grade A), an additional science-related subject (minimum grade A) and music (minimum grade B)*. Grade 8 in music practical or demonstrated equivalent standard** is also required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in music.

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,6 at Higher Level in Physics or Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in music*.


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A-level mathematics, A in an additional science-related A-level subject and a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory*. Grade 8 in music practical or demonstrated equivalent standard** is also required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in music
  • 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

Other Requirement

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
  • Dynamics
  • Exploring Music 1
  • Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
  • You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
  • Composition Fundamentals
  • Exploring Music 2
  • Global Transformations in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music
  • Performance Skills A

Year 2

  • Acoustics II
  • Audio and Signal Processing
  • Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
  • You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:
  • Composition Workshop
  • Conducting
  • Electronics, Drives and Control
  • Engineering Management and Law
  • Ensemble Performance 1
  • From Teddy Boys to Drag Queens – Music and Subculture
  • Global Hip Hop
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Jane Austen's Playlist: Entertainment in Georgian Britain
  • Jazz Theory
  • Mechanics, Machines & Vibration
  • Music Therapy 1: Fundamentals
  • Musical Theatre Songwriting
  • Performance Tuition (Single Study)
  • Systems Design and Computing

Year 3

  • Acoustical Engineering Design
  • Active Control of Sound and Vibration
  • Architectural and Building Acoustics
  • Biomedical Application of Signal and Image Processing
  • Commercial Composition
  • Composition Portfolio
  • Composition Workshop
  • Electroacoustics
  • Ethics in Science, Engineering and Technology: Jekyll and Hyde
  • Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics
  • Global Hip Hop
  • Human Factors in Engineering
  • Human Responses to Sound and Vibration
  • Individual Project
  • Noise Control Engineering
  • Ocean Acoustics & Biomedical Ultrasound
  • Performance Tuition (Single Study)
  • Research Project
  • Signal Processing
  • Studio Techniques 2
  • Theoretical and Computational Acoustics
  • Theoretical and Computational Acoustics
  • Vehicle Powertrain, Noise and Vibration

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 Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of award: Acoustics with Music
  • 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

You'll graduate with the skills to work in the acoustics, music and audio technology industries. You could choose to develop your musical performance abilities, enhanced by your knowledge of acoustics.

This degree also provides a foundation for further study at Masters or PhD level.

Typical roles that you will be qualified for include:

  • acoustician
  • studio producer or engineer
  • performer
  • music therapist
  • composer
  • sound engineer
  • live sound engineer
  • recording engineer
  • acoustics and audio researcher
  • acoustics consultant

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