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Fascinated by the science of sound? Southampton Solent University's undergraduate acoustics programme will see you working under an expert academic team and using industry-standard acoustics facilities. You’ll explore the nature of sound, vibration and the way they interact, developing a wide-ranging knowledge of acoustics engineering.

  • Solent has a 10-year history of successful graduate employment in the acoustic industries.  
  • The course has strong links with industry bodies such as the Institute of Acoustics, the Audio Engineering Society and the Association of Noise Consultants, and with companies such as Dolby Laboratories, KP Acoustics, ACCON:UK, Clarke Saunders Associates, BAE Systems and Hilson Moran.
  • Students may be able to take advantage of flexible options enabling them to tailor their studies for a career in audio engineering, game audio, automotive engineering, construction, product design, signal processing, environmental health or radio and television broadcasting.
  • Students have free access to the latest industry-standard technology and facilities, including a state of the art 3D digital Cinema with Dolby Atmos, a Hemi-anechoic chamber, CadnaA, EASE and CATT software, and a wide variety of lab and field test equipment.
  • Students studying on the acoustics degree programme have the opportunity to gain professional Institute of Acoustics certificates while studying.  

The industry

The UK is a world leader in acoustic and audio engineering, with a significant proportion of the world’s leading manufacturers of audio systems, and a booming construction and automotive industry. The acoustics industry has recently had a significant increase in demand, with a recovering UK economy, and more legislative requirements to reduce noise emissions of everything from washing machines to airports. Acoustic engineers are in high demand and there are good employment prospects for well-prepared graduates.

The programme

Acoustics covers all aspects of sound and its behaviour, and therefore acousticians are an essential element for everything from designing the latest concert venues to reducing aircraft noise emissions or making the latest vacuum cleaner quieter.

This highly practical course aims to help students develop an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of acoustics, alongside core engineering skills such as computer programming, signal processing and electronics. During their studies, students can also learn to use the latest measurement, simulation and modelling technology.

To aid study and help perfect their technique, students have access to the University’s fully-equipped laboratory and studio facilities. Students will be able to utilise industry-standard packages for acoustic measurement and laboratory work using a wide range of test equipment such as sound level meters, a 16-channel data acquisition system, head and torso simulators, a laser vibrometer and ambisonic microphones. Students will also have access to cutting-edge simulation and modelling software, including MATLAB, NI Labview, CadnaA, CATT Acoustic, and EASE.

The dedicated electronics labs are used for systems testing and circuit building and students will also have access to specialist facilities for the testing and demonstration of acoustic and electro-acoustic principles, including a hemi-anechoic chamber, audio isolation booths for sound recording and audiometric testing, and the University’s digital 3D cinema.

Gaining work experience is a key element of the course and students are encouraged to find work placements to get build their skills in a real-life environment. Past students have found placements with companies such as KP Acoustics and Vanguardia Consulting. Students have also been involved with acoustics and noise control work experience at festivals such as Hyde Park, Truckfest, Boomtown, Nozstock, Pulse and Isle of Wight.

Students are also encouraged to gain practical experience with the University’s in-house consultancy, Solent Acoustics. Strong links with the Institute of Acoustics means that students have the option to gain professional certification as they study.

Solent has a 10-year history of successful graduate employment in the acoustics industry. Graduates have secured roles in organisations such as: Dolby Laboratories, Hilson Moran, BAE Systems, Ford Automotive, Solid State Logic, TSL, Apple, Samsung & Sony.

Next steps

Think a career as an acoustics engineer is for you? With industry-standard facilities and focus on practical experience to help prepare graduates for future employment, Southampton Solent’s acoustics degree could help you take the first step in your career in this growing industry.

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Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Core Skills
  • Engineering Mathematics  
  • Electronics Fundamentals
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
  • Transducers and Instrumentation.

Year two:


Core units

  • Managing Projects
  • Building Acoustics
  • Outdoor Sound and Vibration Propagation
  • Fundamentals of Signal Processing
  • Control of Sound and Vibration.


  • Computing and Networking
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Electroacoustics.

Year three:


Core units

  • Media Technology Project
  • Advanced Acoustics
  • Architectural Acoustic Design.


  • Media Networks and Communications
  • Live Sound Technology
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Musical Acoustics
  • Architectural Acoustic Design.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through classroom study, practical lab work, studio exercises and independent research.

The course is assessed through written examinations, written assignments, laboratory exercises, timed assessments, and individual and group presentations.

Work experience
Practical experience is an extremely important element of the course, and each year students get involved with acoustics and noise control work experience at events such as: Hyde Park festival, Truck festival, Boomtown festival, Nozstock, Pulse festival and Isle of Wight festival.

Students have also obtained short work placements with companies such as KP Acoustics and Vanguardia Consulting, as well as year-long placements with companies such as Adrian James Consulting.

Our facilities

Throughout the course you will use industry-standard packages for acoustic measurement and laboratory work, with a wide range of test equipment by NTi, Bruel and Kjaër, Norsonic, GRAS and National Instruments. These include both lab and field test equipment such as sound level meters, a 16-channel data acquisition system, 2 head and torso simulators, a laser vibrometer and ambisonic microphones.

You’ll also have access to industry-standard simulation and modelling software, including MATLAB, NI Labview, CadnaA, CATT Acoustic and EASE.

Our dedicated electronics labs are used for systems testing and circuit-building, and you’ll also have access to our specialist facilities for the testing and demonstration of acoustic and electroacoustic principles – including a hemi-anechoic chamber, audio isolation booths for sound recording and audiometric testing, and our fully equipped digital 3D cinema.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme gives you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.

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If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study acoustics units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Acoustics is a branch of engineering which relates to virtually all industry sectors. Acousticians could be involved in designing new auditoria or making the latest vacuum cleaner quieter. They could be involved in the planning process for new airports or motorways, or the design of the latest skyscraper.

Many students will go into consulting, while others will work for technology firms improving the sound quality of the latest flat-screen TV. Others will work for local authorities, the government or the military.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Acoustic consultant 
  • Acoustic engineer
  • Noise Vibration and harshness engineer
  •  Environmental consultant
  • Signal processing specialist.

Links with industry

Input from an industry panel ensures that the course remains up-to-date with the latest technology and developments, while you will also have access to regular guest lectures and technical talks.

Recent guest speakers have included the managing director of Vanguardia Consulting, the head of acoustics at Hilson Moran, and the managing director of Advanced Communications Solutions.

You will also have the opportunity to attend relevant events and conferences, including IoA Southern Region meetings, Acoustics in the Built Environment, PLASA and Reproduced Sound.

Transferable skills

During the course you will develop professional skills such as project management, communication, problem-solving and working to strict deadlines, as well as your event management, teamwork, leadership and networking skills.

Throughout the course you will also learn a range of transferable engineering skills, including computer programming, electronics and signal processing.

Further study

Course graduates will be well placed for continued postgraduate study in audio engineering or acoustics, including Solent’s MSc Applied Acousticsor the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) Postgraduate Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

While this is a relatively new course at Solent, recent graduates from related courses have gone on to positions such as acoustic design engineer or acoustic consultant, and worked at companies such as ACCON:UK, Hoare Lea, Hilson Moran, Lee Cunningham Partnership, Solid State Logic, Sound Associates and Vanguardia Consulting.


Key facts


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Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A Levels including minimum Grade C in two relevant subjects excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • An interview is required for entry to this course. 
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year or the International Foundation Year.

Interview requirements

Before attending your interview, please read the following: interview information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


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