Acoustical and Audio Engineering
BEng /MEng (Hons)
School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Subject area - Acoustics, Audio and Video
UCAS Code: BEng - H341; MEng - H345
Start Date(s): September
BEng - Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement year
MEng - Four years full-time, five years full-time with placement year
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Enviable employment prospects, we have graduates working worldwide at Apple Samsung and the BBC
- Taught by internationally recognised leaders in acoustics and audio research
- Strong links with the industry, including work placements all over Europe
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
New course for 2018
The start date for this course is September 2018
This course is about engineering a better sounding world, whether that is improving the speech quality of mobile phone calls, designing sound for VR games or designing noise barriers to quieten high speed rail. To do this, you need to bring together physics and psychology to understand how sound waves behave and how people respond to them. You also need to use computers and digital technology to engineer better sound.
Acoustical Engineering includes designing architecture and consumer products so that they sound good, as well as control of noise and vibration from machinery. Products might come from audio, such as headphones, streaming music services or mobile phones where sound quality is paramount. But they equally might be washing machines, wind turbines or lorries, products that incidentally make noise that needs to be made less unpleasant.
The course is recognised by the UK Institute of Acoustics and offers a route to Chartered Engineer status.The University of Salford began teaching undergraduate acoustics and audio courses in 1975, and graduates from our Acoustics and Audio degree courses are employed in major acoustic and audio companies around the world.
The course is delivered via our internationally recognised acoustic test facilities and state of the art laboratories and media facilities.
Second year Acoustics student, currently completing a placement year
This course genuinely is one of a kind. It’s a combination of science and creativity, giving a good blend of mathematical and scientific modules such as Mathematics for Physics and Principles of Acoustics, and more creative modules such as Audio Systems. You will learn a wide variety of skills and it’s all so enjoyable because of the people here.
I’ve learned so many things in the two years that I’ve been here- a lot more than I ever expected, and I’m sure I still have much more to look forward to in my final year. It has been difficult at times, but the teaching staff are all extremely supportive and friendly, and regularly take the time to meet anyone outside of the contact hours if they’re struggling with anything. I’ve never met any teaching staff so supportive, they really are the backbone of this course.
Not only do we learn such a variety of subjects, but we’re extremely lucky to have many opportunities presented to us. Not only did I get to choose an optional year in industry, but I have also completed a placement with an acoustics consultancy that monitors the noise at the world-famous Glastonbury festival- it became very obvious very quickly to me that this course makes the students very employable because of the skill set it teaches us. The optional year on placement so far has been great, and I would recommend it to anyone- it teaches you what happens in the industry and gives you first-hand experience of working for top-class companies and institutes.
The course is an Integrated Masters leading to BEng/MEng (Hons). The first and second year modules are compulsory and the final year offers optional modules at BEng and MEng level so that you can tailor your degree to suit your interests and career aspirations. Final year modules are co-taught with the MSc classes and have different assessment methods for BEng and MEng. The MEng assessments are research based and open ended and the BEng modules are assessed via formal exams and coursework. You have the option to spend a year out in industry between the second and third year of the course.
Year 1Modules may include:
Year 2Modules may include:
Year 3OPTIONAL Modules for BEng. You will complete the Final Year Project module and choose four optional modules from the list below:
Year 4OPTIONAL Modules for MEng. You will complete the MEng Group Design Project module and choose four optional modules from the list below:
Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.