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About the course

Are you intrigued by the science of sound? Whether it’s designing auditoriums, improving consumer audio products or working to reduce noise pollution, audio and acoustic engineers play a vital role in a range of engineering projects.

Southampton Solent University’s audio and acoustic engineering programme offers students a solid grounding in core mathematics, electronics and computing principles alongside a thorough study of acoustic engineering.

Audio and acoustic engineering is available as a three year undergraduate degree (BEng) or a four year integrated masters programme (MEng).

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.

This highly practical course aims to help students develop a strong grounding in both of these related disciplines, combining specialised acoustics and audio engineering tuition with core engineering skills such as computer programming, physics and electronics. 

 

 

Study abroad Foundation year available Professional memberships Specialist facilities January start available Further studies

The course curriculum is continually revised to keep up-to-date with industry developments. The course also draws on the experience and input of Solent graduates working at the industry’s cutting edge.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates from Southampton Solent’s media technology courses have gone on to positions such as acoustic design engineer or acoustic consultant, working for companies such as ACCON:UK, Hoare Lea, Hilson Moran, Lee Cunningham Partnership, Solid State Logic, Sound Associates and Vanguardia Consulting.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for anyone fascinated by the science of sound and hoping to pursue a career as an audio or acoustic engineer.

The course teaches the fundamentals of audio and acoustic engineering alongside computing, maths and electronics principles, providing a good grounding for roles such as acoustic engineer, environmental consultant or even the construction industry planning buildings and infrastructure.

This course is available as a three year undergraduate degree or a four year integrated masters degree.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry 3KQW
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) F381
  • 4 Years Media Technology Foundation Year HH34
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year Y6SW
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

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 feel the criteria used in marking has been clear in advance

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

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 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
  • Electroacoustics
  • Audio Systems
  • Fundamentals of Signal Processing

Options

  • Computing and Networking 
  • Media Formats
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Control of Sound and Vibration

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

Year Three

Core units
  • Media Technology Project
  • Audio Systems Design 
  • Digital Signal Processing

Options

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

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

Year Four (MEng only)

Core units
  • Group Engineering Project 
  • Emerging Audio Technologies

Options

  • Acoustic Materials
  • Audio Content Analysis
  • Spatial Audio
  • Standards and Legislation
  • Environmental Acoustics
  • Computational Methods
  • Emerging Audio Technologies

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

Haydar Aygün academic profile Haydar Aygün Senior Lecturer View profile
Andrew Horsburgh academic profile Andrew Horsburgh 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

Audio and acoustic engineering students are able to access fully-equipped laboratory and studio facilities. Learners will undertake 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.

Acoustic and electro-acoustic principles are demonstrated using a range of equipment including a hemi-anechoic chamber, audio isolation booths and the University’s own 3D cinema. Students may also utilise the University’s multi-track recording studios; radio studios; 5.1 surround sound dubbing studio; 5.1 post-production suite; ProTools HD and Pyramix digital audio workstations; multi-camera green-screen TV studios; and a full 5.1-equipped HD multi-camera outside broadcast vehicle.

Teaching is delivered by tutors with extensive experience of both academic research and industry practise and strong links with the Institute of Acoustics enables students to gain professional certifications as they study.

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.

As a graduate, you 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
  • 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 connections

Input from a panel of industry specialists ensures the course remains up-to-date with the latest technology and developments, while you will also have access to regular guest lectures from visiting professionals.

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 events and conferences such as IoA Southern Region meetings, Acoustics in the Built Environment, PLASA and Reproduced Sound.

Placements

The course team support students as they pursue vital work experience. Past students have found placements with KP Acoustics and Vanguardia Consulting and with companies such as Adrian James 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.

Further study

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