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 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.
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.
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.