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Acoustical Engineering

Acoustical engineers are in great demand in almost every field of engineering. Whether they're creating concert halls with better acoustics, new ways to control machinery vibration, clearer ultrasound scans or quieter aeroplanes, acoustical engineers combine a solid understanding of engineering fundamentals with specialist knowledge of sound and vibration. Hosted by the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), this MSc programme is aimed at engineering, science or mathematics graduates. No prior knowledge of acoustics is required. You will cover aspects of engineering acoustics, vibrations in structures, applied signal processing and human effects of sound and vibration, and have the opportunity to work on a wide range of real-world applications. You can specialise in one of two pathways in Signal Processing or Structural Vibration.

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

MSc: 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
MSc: "Compulsory modules: Research Methods; MSc Research Project; - at least two out of Fundamentals of Acoustics; Fundamentals of Vibration; Signal Processing
Optional modules: Musical Instrument Acoustics; Noise Control Engineering; Underwater Acoustics; Electroacoustics; Aeroacoustics; Architectural and Building Acoustics; Audio Engineering; Human Responses to Sound and Vibration; Advanced Vibration; Biomedical Application of Signal and Image Processing; Active Control; Applied Digital Signal Processing; 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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2018 10,789 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 4,625 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 21,578 (Year 1) International 12 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 9,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 21,578 (Year 1) International 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 Months

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