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About the course

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.

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

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.

Study abroad Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities January start available Further studies

Solent has a 10-year history of successful graduate employment in the acoustic industries.

What does this course lead to?

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

Who is this course for?

This industry approved course is well-suited to those fascinated by sound and its behaviour, and how it impacts on our surroundings.

The high practical content of the course will provide the ideal grounding for graduate roles such as acoustic engineer, environmental consultant, or noise vibration engineer across a wide range of industries.

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: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

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?

  • 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.
  • An interview is required for entry to this course. 
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the International Foundation Year.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio 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.


91%

of students have been able to access general IT resources when needed

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

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

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 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.

How to apply

What you'll study

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

Options

  • Computing and Networking
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Electroacoustics

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

Year three

Core units
  • Media Technology Project
  • Advanced Acoustics
  • Architectural Acoustic Design

Options

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

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

Key figures

29%

Written exams

56%

Assessment by coursework

15%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

James Jiang academic profile James Jiang Course Leader View profile
Haydar Aygün academic profile Haydar Aygün Senior Lecturer View profile
Paul Bourne academic profile Paul Bourne Lecturer 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

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.

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.

Your future

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.

85%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

85%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry links

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.

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.

Placements

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.

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.

Further study

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