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BEng (Hons)Acoustical Engineering

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
Tuition fee £18,010.00 per year
Course code H722
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Overview

What makes a concert hall have ‘good acoustics’? What makes a car sound the way it does? How can we design cars to sound quieter or more pleasing? Is it OK for aeroplane wings to vibrate? How does sound travel under water? How can this be helpful to mankind and nature? How can we identify key frequencies present in sound and vibration signals? Can this tell us useful information about the health of the engineering structure or animal that produced the signals? How does the ear interpret sound? How does this affect the way we reduce unwanted noise or compress audio files? Why are loudspeakers designed the way they are? How does the physics of sound impact on high quality sound recording and audio engineering? If these sorts of questions interest you then the Acoustical Engineering degrees at Southampton may be for you.

Acoustical engineering degrees are taught in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), one of the world’s leading centres for research, teaching and consultancy in acoustics. It demands a remarkable breadth and depth of study, drawing on disciplines such as mechanics, materials, manufacturing, electronics and signal processing. Consequently, an acoustical engineering degree is an excellent choice for those who want to open up a broad range of scientific and engineering career options on graduation.

Programme structure

Year 1

The first year provides a background in acoustics, emphasising the physics and mathematics of acoustics, sound and vibration.

Semester One

Compulsory:
Design and Computing
Mechanics, Structures and Materials
Thermofluids
Electrical and Electronic Systems
Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
Acoustics 1

Semester Two

Compulsory:
Design and Computing
Mechanics, Structures and Materials
Thermofluids
Electrical and Electronic Systems
Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
Acoustics 1

Year 2

The second year covers further acoustics, vibration, mathematics, design, fluid dynamics and introduces audio technology and control. A total of 120 credits across two semesters. A large element is the design project, currently the design, build and test of an active two cone loudspeaker.

Semester One

Compulsory:
Systems Design and Computing
Electronic, Drives and Control
Engineering Management and Law
Acoustics II
Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II

Semester Two

Compulsory:
Systems Design and Computing
Mechanics, Machines and Vibration
Fluid Mechanics
Engineering Management and Law
Audio and Signal Processing

Year 3

BEng Acoustical Engineering students undertake a substantial individual project in year 3. You can either select a topic from a list proposed by teaching staff or pursue an idea of your own, with appropriate permission and guidance. It is expected that you will spend one third of your time in year 3 on your individual project. At the end of year 3 there is an exit award of BEng (Hons) Acoustical Engineering.

Semester One

Compulsory:
Individual Project
Management 1
Acoustical Engineering Design

Optional:
Human Factors in Engineering
Underwater Acoustics 1
Musical Instrument Acoustics
Signal Processing
Digital Signals and Systems
Audio Reproduction
Noise Control

Semester Two

Compulsory:
Individual Project
Acoustical Engineering Design
Management 2

Optional:
Human Factors in Engineering
Automotive II – Refinement
Underwater Acoustics 2
Finite Element Vibration Analysis
Environmental and Transportation Noise
Electroacoustics
Fundamentals of Aeroacoustics
Audio Signal Processing
Analytical and Numerical Acoustics
Audio Recordin

Career opportunities

Graduates from Acoustical Engineering degree programme are highly employable.

Career options include: acoustics consultant (assessing noise problems and advising on solutions); design engineer (designing gas turbines, aircraft, cars, or high-precision instruments); research scientist in a university or government agency; research engineer, developing audio or telecommunications equipment; postgraduate student in for example audiology, signal processing or medical physics.

Employers have included: Arup, Dyson, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, the armed forces, Lotus, and Airbus.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States