University of Salford

Degree level: Undergraduate

Acoustical and Audio Engineering with Foundation Year

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Sound is everywhere, from speech and music, to traffic and everyday noise. Acoustics is about exploring the physics of these sounds and the psychology of how people react when hearing them. Acoustical engineering has endless applications, from designing loudspeakers in smart phones to creating spaces where audio is at its best. Where there is sound, there is the potential to improve it through Acoustical Engineering. For more than 60 years, Salford has pioneered acoustics teaching and research. Our acoustical and audio engineering degree will guide you through this creative area of science and engineering, through a suite of modules designed to embed theoretical knowledge and creative application, to help you become a world-class acoustic and audio professional. This Foundation Year entry route will prepare your skillset, so you're ready to study our full BEng (Hons) Acoustical and Audio Engineering degree. This pathway aims to develop your mathematics and physics knowledge, helping you to build the skills needed for undergraduate study. On successful completion of the foundation year, you'll progress on to the full degree, where you’ll expand your understanding of the mathematics and physics of acoustics, exploring audio systems, analogue electronics, digital signal processing and architectural acoustics. As you progress, you’ll shape your degree around your interests, choosing optional modules in areas such as speech, environmental noise and sound perception. Based in our Peel Park campus, minutes from central Manchester, you’ll use specialist acoustic laboratories like our anechoic chambers and learn from lecturers who carry out world-leading acoustics research, including R&D for the acoustic and audio industry. Our graduates have great prospects for a career in the acoustic and audio industries. Salford alumni have gone on to work with leading companies, including Apple, Arup, Bang and Olufsen, BBC, Bentley, Dyson, Dolby and Google. Our Audio/Sound Technology and Acoustics courses scored 91% for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data) Features • Learn the acoustic design principles behind smartphones, cars and loudspeakers, as well as recording studios, public spaces and live venues. • Discover how music, speech and other sounds are perceived and how this influences the design of applications, products and buildings • Study a course that has a unique and varied mix of topics: physics, computing, engineering, psychology • Opportunities to carry out a paid industrial placement year with world renowned companies • This course is recognised by the UK Institute of Acoustics as a route to Chartered Engineer status Find out more from our graduate Elle, who got the chance to do a placement at Glastonbury!

Course details


Modules may include: Foundation Mathematics, Foundation Physics, Analogue Electronics, Audio Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Microphone and Loudspeaker Design, Principles of Acoustics, Industrial Studies and Career Management, Mathematical Methods and Applications, Speech and Musical Acoustics, Computer Simulation for Acoustics, Noise Control, Psychoacoustics, Virtual and Augmented Reality Audio, Room Acoustics, and Environmental Noise Management.

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