University of Salford

Degree level: Undergraduate

Acoustical and Audio Engineering

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Course summary

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Sound is everywhere: speech, music, 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 classrooms where noise doesn’t interrupt learning. Where there is sound, there is potential to improve it through Acoustical Engineering. Salford has pioneered acoustics teaching and research for over 60 years. Our acoustical and audio engineering degree course will guide you through the creative science and engineering involved in shaping and managing sound, whether creating sound technology for games or designing warning sound systems for electronic cars. 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. Initially, you’ll gain an 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. 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courses scored 91% for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data) Features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 design principles that achieve the best possible audio reproduction in modern music products, recording studios, loudspeakers and 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


In year 1 you will study acoustics, electronics, music technology, mathematics and computer programming covering all aspects of audio engineering and acoustic science. In the second year you might broaden your knowledge in the studio or study environmental acoustics, alongside modules in subjects such as architectural acoustics and electro-acoustics, further developing an in-depth knowledge of the physics and engineering of sound. Many students then take a paid industrial placement year. The final year includes aspects of speech, musical acoustics and digital signal processing, with a major individual project so you can research an area of particular interest to you. The final year Master Classes module connects you with the latest research carried out at Salford.

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  • Year 1

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Acoustical and Audio Engineering at University of Salford - UCAS