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University of Southampton

Acoustical Engineering

UCAS Code: H722

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Entry requirements for 2018 entry are subject to approval. This is expected to be by the end of May 2017. Typical offer: AAA, including Mathematics and including Mathematics and Physics; plus Pass in Practical Science Assessments(s). EPQ offer: AAB, including Mathematics and Physics at grade AA, and grade A in the EPQ; plus Pass in Practical Science Assessments(s). Contextual offer: ABB, to include Mathematics at grade A; plus Pass in Practical Science Assessments(s). General Studies, Use of Mathematics, Core Mathematics, Thinking Skills and Critical Thinking are excluded for entry.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

Typical offer: D3, D3, D3 to including Mathematics and Physics Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A-levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A-level grade A.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Typical offer: Pass, with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points required at Higher Level, including 6 points in Mathematics and 6 points in Physics or Further Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Typical offer: AAA including Mathematics and Physics All applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

Typical offer: AA in A-level Mathematics and either A-level Physics (Pass in Practical) , and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

UCAS Tariff

144-168

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80%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Acoustics

Our courses provide you with the fundamentals of engineering, combined with specialist studies in acoustics, vibrations, and their human effects. Alongside these topics, you will take design modules, which will enable you to apply your knowledge and develop the skills you need to become a successful engineer. This four-year integrated masters provides you with the opportunity to study a more extensive range of specialist acoustical engineering subjects than the BEng course. The first two years of our Acoustical Engineering degrees are identical, providing the same comprehensive foundation. You will extend your knowledge and skills in your third and fourth years, taking part in individual and group projects.We offer our students a dynamic learning environment; your course will include a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, private study, and individual and group projects.

Modules

The first year provides a background in acoustics, emphasising the physics and mathematics of acoustics, sound and vibration. The second year covers further acoustics, vibration, mathematics, design, fluid dynamics and introduces audio technology and control. In your third year, you will choose from range of module options, suited to your own interests. Your fourth year features an extensive group design project, and you will take a selection of module options.
Core and compulsory modules: Year 1: Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment, Design and Computing, ThermoFluids, Electrical and Electronics Systems, Acoustics I, Mechanics, Structures and Materials. Year 2: Systems Design and Computing, Electronics, Drives and Control, Engineering Management and Law, Audio and Signal Processing, Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanics, Machines and Vibration, Acoustics II. Year 3: Individual Project, Acoustical Engineering Design, Noise Control Engineering, Human Responses to Sound and Vibration. Year 4: Group Design Project; and 1 from Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing, Project Management – Processes, and Project Management – People.

Assessment methods

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,320
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Acoustical Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
med
Acoustics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physics

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
95%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
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Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Acoustics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£28k

£28k

£34k

£34k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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