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Acoustical Engineering

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.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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.

Course modules

Compulsory modules Compulsory modules include:
Research Methods; 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 ibration; Advanced Vibration; Biomedical Application of Signal and Image Processing; Active Control of Sound and Vibration; Numerical Methods for Acoustics

Assessment methods

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.

Sponsorship information

Academic press offer a £1,500 bursary: essay competition; reduced fees scholarships for well qualified students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 21,578 (Year 1) International 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Year 1) EU 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Year 1) Channel Islands 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Year 1) England 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Year 1) Scotland 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Year 1) Wales 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 12 Months

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