Fascinated by the science of sound? Southampton Solent University’s applied acoustics masters programme can provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work in a range of acoustics fields. Suitable graduate destinations include consultancy, engineering, environmental health, built environment work or further study at PhD level.
Taught by experts with experience in both research and industry, you can get hands-on experience and learn to use the latest measurement, simulation and modelling technology. You will also study important acoustics principles including how humans respond to sound, acoustic physics, and how sound interacts with our environment.
- Students learn from industry experts with strong backgrounds in industry, research and consultancy roles. - Southampton Solent’s on-campus acoustics consultancy provides students with the opportunity to work with real clients. - The curriculum is informed by industry partners and Solent’s strong track record of acoustics research. - Solent has a 10-year history of successful graduate employment in the acoustic industries. - Students are given the opportunity to tailor the programme to their own career ambitions by picking from a range of optional units. - Students have free access to the latest industry-standard technology including a state-of-the-art 3D digital Cinema with Dolby Atmos; a Hemi-anechoic chamber; CadnaA, EASE and CATT software; and a wide variety of lab and field test equipment.
The industry -
Acoustics offers an intellectual and practical challenge across a wide range of sectors - from manufacturing or construction to architecture, telecommunications and engineering.
Acousticians could be involved in designing and planning exciting new infrastructure projects such as airports, motorways and sports arenas; could be responsible for making aeroplanes and cars quieter; or could work on improving the sound quality of consumer electronics. Acousticians are also involved in the design of new buildings – from flats and houses through to skyscrapers and concert halls.
The programme -
Taught by experts with strong research and industry backgrounds, MSc Applied Acoustics offers students the chance to gain hands-on experience with the latest measurement, simulation and modelling technology. Students also study relevant scientific principles such as how humans respond to sound, acoustic physics, and how sound interacts with our environment.
We have excellent links with the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) and the Association of Noise Consultants, as well as a number of commercial companies across the sector. These include KP Acoustics, with whom we have a formal partnership for work placement and mentoring. The course has also been designed to meet the requirements for professional IoA registration.
To aid study and help perfect techniques, students have full access to the University’s laboratory and studio facilities. Students will be able to undertake acoustic measurement and laboratory projects 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 University also offers 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 own digital 3D cinema.
Thanks to the course team’s strong industry connections, students have access to guest speakers from a range of relevant organisations. Previous speakers have included Mark Murphy and Jim Griffiths (Vanguardia Consulting), Nicholas Jones (Hilson Moran) and Phil McIlwain (Westminster City Council).
Teaching, learning and assessment - The course is taught through classroom seminars/lectures, laboratory sessions and independent learning, as well as your supervised research project. While some laboratory sessions entail working in a group, all assessment is individual.
Partial credit can be awarded to holders of the Institute of Acoustics diploma in acoustics and noise control against equivalent taught modules of the MSc. Please contact the course team for further information.
Work experience -
There are a number of opportunities for work experience with professional partners and contacts, as well as through the University’s own Solent Acoustics consultancy.
Past students have worked on a range of projects, including for Truck Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Westminster City Council and KP Acoustics.
Additionally, the Professional Skills and Practice unit involves organising your own work placement with an external company, supported by staff and making use of the course team’s industry contacts.
The course is assessed through a mixture of coursework, projects, presentations and practical and written examinations.
Our facilities -
On the master’s course you will have access to a wide range of specialist equipment and facilities, including:
- Hemi-anechoic chamber with 16-channel National Instruments data acquisition system. - NTi Flexus electroacoustic analysis system with turntable. - Wide range of Class 1 and 2 Sound level meters. - Cirrus Research Dosebadge workplace noise assessment kits. - Building acoustics systems including conical and dodecahedral loudspeakers and tapping machine. - B&K Head and Torso Simulators (HATS). - Environmental noise measurement kits. - Polytec Laser Vibrometer. - Larson Davis Hand Arm vibration measurement system. - Siemens Unity and Amplivox audiometers and Larson Davis Audiometer calibration system. - Computer suites with EASE, CATT and CadnaA acoustic modelling software.
Web-based learning -
Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading, discussion forums and other course information.
You will also receive a subscription to the online video tutorial resource Lynda.com, to help learn extra professional skills.
The Professional Skills and Practice optional module is a distance/online module, supported through the virtual learning environment.
What do we offer?
From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.
Acoustics offers an intellectual and practical challenge across a wide range of sectors, from manufacturing or construction to architecture, telecommunications or various engineering industries.
Acousticians could be involved in designing and planning exciting new infrastructure projects such as airports, motorways and sports arenas, or could be responsible for making airplanes and cars quieter, or improving the sound quality of a television or computer.
Acousticians are also involved in the design of new buildings – from flats and houses through to skyscrapers and concert halls.
Career destinations -
Examples of career destinations include:
- acoustic engineer - audio system designer - recording studio and concert hall designer - environmental health officer - environmental consultant - audio engineer - health and safety officer - building control officer.
Links with industry -
We have excellent links with the Institute of Acoustics and the Association of Noise Consultants, as well as a number of companies across the sector, including KP Acoustics (with whom we have a formal partnership for work placement and mentoring).
Guest speakers from a range of different organisations regularly present seminars and workshops, which have recently included Mark Murphy and Jim Griffiths (Vangardia Consulting), Nicholas Jones (Hilson Moran) and Phil McIlwain (Westminster City Council).
The University also hosts regular industry events and conferences to which students are invited.
Transferable skills -
The MSc in Applied Acoustics offers students a wide variety of transferable skills, such as using software to analyse and present complex data, use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and architectural CAD modelling, problem solving, mathematics, project management and research skills.
Further study -
If you are particularly interested in research, the course offers opportunities to continue on to PhD study.
You will also have the chance to gain additional qualifications while you study, such as the Institute of Acoustics (IoA)’s certificates of competence in building acoustics measurement or environmental noise measurement, at significantly reduced cost.
There is also the opportunity to register to take the assessment for the IoA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control while taking the MSc (registration fee applies).
Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -
Solent graduates have gone on to work in acoustics roles for Apple (acoustic engineer), Accon UK, Samsung (audio engineer), Cole Jarman Associates, Hilson Moran, Mott Macdonald, KP Acoustics, Hann Tucker Associates, Hoare Lea, Vangardia Consulting and Clarke Saunders Associates, among others.
Looking to hone your knowledge of acoustics while boosting your employability? With top-of-the-line facilities, an experienced teaching team and a history of delivering world-class acoustics tuition, Southampton Solent University’s MSc Applied Acoustics will help equip you with the skills you need to thrive in a range of exciting careers.