Acoustical and Vibration Engineering at University of Southampton - UCAS

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Course summary

You'll develop expert knowledge of the latest modern developments in sound, vibration and signal, whilst you study at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR). You'll study engineering acoustics, vibrations in structures, applied signal processing, underwater acoustics, and human effects of sound and vibration. You can choose a general pathway of Acoustics and Vibration or specialise further in either a Signal Processing or Structural Vibration pathway. You'll graduate with the skills needed for a career in acoustical engineering or for continued study at PhD level. Acoustical engineers are in great demand. Previous students now work in industry and consultancy covering roles in noise control, building acoustics, audio engineering and much more. You'll work on a wide range of real-world applications during your Master's, preparing you for your career. You can study this Master's without prior knowledge of acoustics. .


Acoustical and Vibration Engineering (no pathway) modules: Professional Aspects of Engineering; Fundamentals of Acoustics; MSc Research Project Acoustical and Vibration Engineering (Signal Processing pathway) modules: Active Control of Sound and Vibration; Signal Processing; Fundamentals of Acoustics; MSc Research Project; Professional Aspects of Engineering Acoustical and Vibration Engineering (Structural Vibration pathway) modules: Vibration Engineering Practice; Fundamentals of Vibration; Fundamentals of Acoustics; MSc Research Project; Professional Aspects of Engineering Examples of optional modules include: Musical Instrument Acoustics; Introduction to Machine Learning; Noise Control Engineering; Signal Processing; Ocean Acoustics & Biomedical Ultrasound; Electroacoustics; Aeroacoustics; Architectural and Building Acoustics; Applied Audio Signal Processing; Human Responses to Sound and Vibration; Vibration Engineering Practice; Biomedical Application of Signal and Image Processing; Active Control of Sound and Vibration; Theoretical and Computational Acoustics; Fundamentals of Vibration. For a full list of modules please visit:

Assessment method

Examinations, presentations, coursework and dissertation

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Acoustics, Institute of
  • Mechanical Engineers, Institution of
  • Engineering Council

How to apply

International applicants

English language: Band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website:

Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours or higher in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences or a related subject.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Sponsorship information

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information -

Acoustical and Vibration Engineering at University of Southampton - UCAS