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About the course

Fascinated by the mechanics of recording and the science of sound? Solent University’s acoustic and audio engineering degree will support you to develop the fundamental technical expertise and practical knowledge highly sought by employers, helping you to kick-start a fantastic career after graduation.

Audio engineers specialise in the design and configuration of recording, playback and amplification technologies, combining a high level of technical expertise with operational skills and a practical knowledge of media industry practices. Employment opportunities are endless, and include fields as diverse as acoustic material manufacturing, acoustic signature recognition and reduction, active noise and vibration control, aerospace engineering, architectural acoustical design, enclosure and sound attenuator design, loudspeaker design, measurement and analysis instrumentation, sonar systems, speech recognition, mobile telephone design, vehicle noise control and vibration isolation.

Throughout the degree you will be supported to develop a solid grounding in the core mathematics, electronics and computing principles fundamental to audio and acoustic engineering; and will study a range of units including Building Acoustics, Transducer Design and Environmental Noise Control.

You will undertake acoustic measurement and laboratory work using a wide range of state-of-the-art test equipment such as calibrated sound level meters; a 16-channel data acquisition and signal processing system; head and torso simulators; a laser vibrometer and industry-leading ambisonics recording and playback equipment. You will also have access to cutting-edge simulation and modelling software including MATLAB, NI Labview, CadnaA, CATT Acoustic and EASE.

Thanks to the course teams close links with industry you will also benefit from a range of guest speakers and industrial site visits. Recent speakers have included the managing director of Vanguardia Consulting, an independent film sound designer and representatives from Advanced Communications Solutions.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
This course has an option to start in January.
January start available
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up degree

The blend of academic credit alongside a wealth of work experience, makes BEng (Hons) Acoustic and Audio Engineering graduates highly employable.

What does this course lead to?

The course has a long history of successful graduate employment, and recent graduates have found positions at leading organisations, such as Vanguardia, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Ideaworks, Focusrite, Pinewood, Twickenham Studios, Visions, Arena, F1 Management, ITV and the BBC in such roles as acoustics consultancy, engineers, systems integration, sound guarantee, A/V installation, test engineers (software/hardware).

Who is this course for?

If you’re fascinated by the science of sound or the mechanics of recording, mixing and reproducing sound, whether it be for films, music or video games, Solent University’s acoustic and audio engineering degree will help you gain the fundamental technical expertise and practical knowledge sought after by employers in the industry.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year 

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry to the course is available through the Media Technology Foundation Year.
  • Applicants must attend an interview as part of the application process.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Audio Production
  • Introduction to Acoustics
  • Engineering Principles
  • Electronic Fundamentals
  • Video Production
  • Computing and Networking

Year two

Core units
  • Audio Systems
  • Applied Signal Processing
  • Project Management
  • Media Formats
  • Building Acoustics

Options

  • Practical Electronics
  • Audio Post-Production

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

Year three

Core units
  • Audio Systems Design
  • Transducer Design
  • Environmental Noise Control
  • Project

Options

  • Media Networks and Communications
  • Sound for Games
  • Signal Processing

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

Support

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

Meet the course team

Stuart Ray academic profile Stuart Ray Head of Subject View profile
Polly Hickling academic profile Polly Hickling Course Leader View profile
Chris Barlow academic profile Chris Barlow Professor View profile
Paul Bourne academic profile Paul Bourne Senior Lecturer View profile
Juan Battaner-Moro academic profile Juan Battaner-Moro Senior Lecturer View profile
Ludovico Ausiello academic profile Ludovico Ausiello Senior Lecturer View profile
Lee Davison academic profile Lee Davison Lecturer View profile
Matthew Hickling academic profile Matthew Hickling Technical Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

During your studies you will have the opportunity to use a range of high-quality facilities including:

  • 96 seat Dolby Atmos cinema with the ability to mix and render Dolby Atmos content in Pro Tools.
  • Outside broadcast vehicle with seven ENG system cameras, up to 64-channels of audio mixing and plenty of monitoring and signal analysis.
  • State-of-the-art motion tracked multi-camera TV studio with a green infinity cove for chromakey.
  • Flagship music recording studio with Avid S6 control surface, high quality Dynaudio monitoring and industry-standard outboard.
  • 5.1 audio dubbing theatres for recording and mixing Foley FX, ADR and music to picture content.
  • Spatial audio and VR lab, currently a 25 loudspeaker system for Ambisonic decoding and multiple Vive and Oculus headsets for VR.
  • Large hemi-anechoic chamber for test and measurement.
  • Electronics laboratory for design, test and build of hardware. Multiple power supplies, oscilloscopes and soldering stations.
  • Highly configurable broadcast laboratory/racks room for test and measurement.
  • Gaming and networking laboratories with high-performance gaming machines.
  • Access to industry-standard software for media editing, engineering simulation, coding, signal processing and analysis.
  • Multiple music, radio and TV studios for taught classes and student bookings.
  • Multiple audio and video non-linear editing suites for taught classes and student bookings.

Students can participate in student-led societies related to the degree, which include Solent Live Events Society, Sonar Cinema, Sonar Radio and Sonar TV. 

Your future

Acoustics is a branch of engineering used in virtually all industry sectors, from designing new auditoriums to making the latest vacuum cleaner quieter.

Audio engineers specialise in the design and configuration of recording, playback and amplification technologies, combining a high level of technical expertise with operational skills and a practical knowledge of media industry practices.

In acoustics, you could be involved in the planning process for new airports or motorways, or the design of the latest skyscraper – many graduates 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
  • Environmental consultant
  • Signal processing specialist

Or as an audio engineer, you could be designing and testing audio equipment hardware and software, working on premier league football or a vast range of sporting events or designing, building, and maintaining post production facilities for drama or films.

  • Broadcast video or audio engineer in television or radio
  • Film sound recording engineer
  • Studio engineer
  • Post-production and transmission engineers
  • Sound installation and design engineer
  • Software or Hardware engineer

Industry links

The course team maintain close links with alumni and as a result are well placed to arrange work experience and placement opportunities for students from level four to level six, as well as internship schemes upon graduation. Students that participate in these opportunities frequently secure their first job as a result of the experience gained.

These links also enable regular guest lectures from industry on specialist subjects, as well as industry visits to see and use specialist equipment.

Placements

Students are offered a variety of work experience opportunities throughout their time at Solent. This includes working at summer festivals aiding the production of content in roles such as sound assistant or noise monitoring. Recent students have worked at Glastonbury, IOW Festival and Victorious.

Placements with companies can range from the summer period or an entire year out of study. These have recently been in the production of hardware/software and for companies such as Dolby, Techex and Focusrite.

Further study

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