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About the course

This postgraduate audio engineering degree provides graduates with the specialist skills and technical knowledge required to succeed in various audio engineering roles. The curriculum offers a proven pathway into technical audio careers, particularly for those with backgrounds in electronics, computing and music.

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

As a postgraduate audio engineering student, you’ll have access to our full range of professional facilities. These include one of the only private Dolby Atmos™ cinemas in Europe and several high-end testing facilities. Solent’s hemi-anechoic chamber is equipped with National Instruments and NTi data acquisition/analysis systems – perfect for analysing the performance of audio equipment.

The curriculum you’ll study is highly practical, starting with fundamental audio engineering skills and research methods before moving onto advanced topics such as spatial audio, audio computing and the computer simulation of sound. You’ll also have the freedom to specialise in specific audio engineering disciplines - deciding your own research topics, choosing from a range of optional units and taking part in valuable work-based learning opportunities.

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Students make use of world class facilities including a Dolby Atmos™ cinema, ProTools™ HD recording studios, electronics and computing laboratories, a hemi-anechoic chamber and a fully equipped outside broadcast vehicle.

What does this course lead to?

Students who are particularly interested in research will be able to continue on to PhD study.

Students will also have the chance to gain additional qualifications while they study. These include the Institute of Acoustics’ competence in building acoustics measurement and environmental noise measurement certificates. These additional qualifications are available at a significantly reduced cost.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s postgraduate applied audio engineering programme is ideal for students from a range of technical backgrounds. Suitable undergraduate subjects include computing, music production, electronics and engineering.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,750
International full-time fees: £12,500
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,875 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Other costs

Optional costs

  • IoA Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement £500
  • IoA Certificate of Competence in Building Acoustics Measurement £500
  • ProTools 101 certification £80 (subject to minimum numbers)
  • ProTools 110 certification £180 (subject to minimum numbers)

Compulsory costs

All students are expected to own an appropriate scientific calculator for this course.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, 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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Key entry requirements

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

  • 2:2 or higher in a related subject
  • Students with industry experience or other professional qualifications will be considered in lieu of an appropriate undergraduate degree.

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 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - 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 Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more.

What you'll study

Year one

Core units:

  • Principles of Acoustics
  • Research Methods
  • Spatial Audio
  • Audio Content Analysis
  • Computer Aided Simulation
  • Electroacoustics


  • Acoustics in the Built Environment
  • Noise and Vibration Control
  • Professional Skills and Practice portfolio
  • Broadcast Sound
  • Emerging audio technologies

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


Postgraduate students benefit from access to our full range of professional facilities. These include testing labs, production studios, portable devices, simulation software packages and TV/radio broadcast equipment.

  • Hemi-anechoic chamber with 16-channel National Instruments data acquisition system.
  • NTi Flexus electroacoustic analysis system with turntable.
  • ProTools HD equipped recording studios 
  • 3D digital cinema with Dolby Atmos® mixing and playback.
  • Wide range of Class 1 and 2 Sound level meters.
  • Cirrus Research Dosebadge workplace noise assessment kits.
  • Building acoustics systems including conical and dodecahedral loudspeakers and tapping machine.
  • B&K Head and Torso Simulators (HATS).
  • Environmental noise measurement kits.
  • Foley/ADR studio
  • TV and Radio studios
  • Polytec Laser Vibrometer.
  • Larson Davis Hand Arm vibration measurement system.
  • Siemens Unity and Amplivox audiometers and Larson Davis Audiometer calibration system.
  • Computer suites with EASE, CATT and CadnaA acoustic modelling software.
  • Fully equipped electronics laboratory.
  • HD outside broadcast truck with ProTools and Soundcraft Vi6.

This master’s course is the perfect opportunity for those who want to break into the audio engineering industry, but studied an unrelated undergraduate degree.

The course team have excellent industry and employer links, in particular with the Audio Engineering Society and the Institute of Acoustics.

Your future

Individual graduates from the department have gone on to work for companies such as Apple (acoustic engineer), Accon UK (acoustician), Samsung (audio engineer), Sound Associates (cinema installation and design), Vangardia Consulting (acoustician) NEP Visions (broadcast engineer), Arqiva (broadcast engineer) and TSL (systems integrator).

Industry links

Students benefit from our excellent links with key professional bodies. These include the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Institute of Acoustics (IoA), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineering (SMPTE) the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) and the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS). Members of the course team hold key roles on both national and regional committees for several of these organisations.

Staff also have strong links with a number of companies across the sector. Businesses such as NEP Visions, Vanguardia Consulting and Dolby regularly recruit graduates from the department.

Guest speakers regularly present seminars and workshops, which have recently included Mark Murphy and Jim Griffiths (Vangardia Consulting), Simon Holt (Head of Development, Focusrite) and  Solid State Logic.

The University also hosts regular industry events and conferences to which students are invited. These include the SMILE! conference, which is run annually at the University, and the Mic to Monitor event.

The University’s own acoustics consultancy, Solent Acoustics, provides businesses with consultancy and training on all aspects of acoustics and noise control. Working with Solent Acoustics is the ideal way for students to get their first taste of industry work. 


The professional skills and practice portfolio unit offers students the opportunity to gain credit while working for a relevant employer. Students will need to identify professional development needs and document their completion.

Students have to find their own placements for this unit, although the course team can help by providing access to an extensive list of contacts.

Further study

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