Physics with Acoustics
MPhys (Hons)

Industrial Placement
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Physics with Acoustics at Salford


Wide range of exciting specialisms and career options


Regular lectures from visiting industry professionals with associated case study problems


World-class acoustics facilities

Course Summary

In addition to the core focus on physics as detailed under our BSc/MPhys courses, the BSc or MPhys in Physics with Acoustics allows you to study specialist modules in acoustics. The University of Salford has excellent facilities for the study of acoustics, including our anechoic chamber, the quietest place in North West England.

Course Details

This course is built around a core of compulsory modules that will give you a thorough grounding in physics, in addition you will study specialist modules in Acoustics. You will also take part in group projects that will allow you to develop your team working, problem solving, communication and presentation skills, all desirable within the industrial and research communities.

You can opt to take an industrial placement year in between your second and third year of your course. This has a number of benefits: you will improve your employment prospects after graduation, you get to see the physics you have learned in action, they are often paid positions, and many of our industrial placement students ultimately improve their degree classification over their second year results to receive top class degrees.

Course Structure

Year 1

Delivered through lectures, problem-based learning and laboratory sessions, in this module you will be introduced to the following subjects: classical dynamics, static and dynamic charges, fundamentals of quantum mechanics, fundamentals of relativity and atomic and nuclear physics.
Delivered through key note lectures, tutorial and problem-based learning classes and practical laboratory sessions, in this module you will be introduced to the following subjects: thermodynamics, microscopic and macroscopic properties of matter, fundamentals of waves and geometrical optics and wave optics.
Being able to apply your scientific knowledge and thinking to unfamiliar problems is a key skill for success in industry and research. By introducing you to this skill, along with other important skills identified by our industrial and academic partners, they will become second nature, giving you a head start in your chosen career.
You will be introduced to a wide range of concepts in acoustics, and be taught the skills for the practical measurement and analysis of acoustic parameters. Subjects include: acoustics sources, acoustic waves and their behaviour, hearing, speech, room acoustics and music and resonance.
An understanding and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in physics this module will review A level mathematics covering the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with emphasis on their applications to physics.
Building on the subject knowledge from Mathematics for Physics module you will further you knowledge of differential equations and series with emphasis on their applications to physics and develop your awareness of the importance of mathematics in a quantitative description of physics. You will be introduced to the use of spreadsheets, computing programming and symbolic computing.

Year 2

In this module you will build on your knowledge and skills from the Introduction to acoustics module, to give you a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of acoustics. Subjects include: Fourier's theorem, solutions of 1-D wave equation, acoustic impedance, reflection factor and absorption coefficient, 3-D wave equation, radiation impedance, and behaviour of sound in 3D enclosures.

Year 3

In this module you will be provided with an overview of Nuclear Physics, an understanding of nuclear stability in terms of the Liquid Drop Model and of nuclear reactions involving neutrons, protons, electrons and neutrinos, and major experimental techniques and practical applications. The particle physics aspects of the module will cover the basic discoveries of modern Particle Physics and introduce the ideas of Grand Unified Theory.

Year 4

In this module you will be introduced to use of group theoretic methods in quantum mechanical problems and instructed in formal statement of symmetry properties and their use to label states and formulate selection rules. Subjects include many particle wavefunctions, quasiparticles, matrix formulation of quantum mechanics, and angular momentum and intrinsic spin.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above.
UCAS tariff points 120-128 points
GCE A level 120-128 points including grade B in Maths and Physics. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma DDD
Scottish Highers 120-128 points; Advanced Higher Mathematics at grade C and Physics at grade C; Higher CSYS Mathematics and Physics also required.
Irish Leaving Certificate 120-128 points including Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Higher level.
International Baccalaureate 30, 6 points each from Mathematics and Physics at Higher level.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

If you have solid results in Physics and Mathematics, a keen and enquiring mind and want a wide range of career options available to you on graduation, this is the degree for you.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Jos Hirst the Director of Admissions for further information.


  • Lectures
  • Keynote Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory
  • Problem Based Learning


  • Exams - 70%
  • Continual assessment (tests, coursework and lab reports) 30%


Due to the analytical and problem solving nature of physics, this degree opens doors to a wide range of careers. Previous graduates have commonly found employment in the following sectors: medical physics, defence, finance, research, education, engineering and nuclear.

Recent employers of graduates from this course include: ADT, British Nuclear Fuels, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) Astrium, Gabriel Scientific Consultancy, and the Royal Air Force.

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

Links with Industry

The following companies are partnered with Salford Physics courses. They not only consult on the development of the course but contribute annual seminars, research project opportunities and work placements: Atkins Global, Technium OpTIC, Pilkington, Nuvia, Royal Navy, Astrium, BPD Acoustics, Nanoco Technologies, Salford Royal Hospital, BAE Systems, Centre for Alternative Technology, IOP (Institute of Physics) Publishing, NPower, Serco and TDA (Training and Development Agency for Schools)

These companies give added value to the course, making industrial skills and knowledge from a wide range of industries available to you from the very start of your degree. An industrial placement, usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, is an excellent way to improve your employability after graduation.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time International£14,400

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.

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