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University of Southampton

Acoustics with Music

UCAS Code: HW73

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB including grades AA in mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical and either music a-level or grade 6 music theory (or a demonstrated equivalent standard) Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. If music is not supplied as third subject, Grade 6 music theory is required in addition to third subject. Grade 8 in music practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including mathematics (minimum grade A) and physics (minimum grade B), with a pass in the physics Practical and either music a-level or grade 6 music theory (or a demonstrated equivalent standard)

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)

DD

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve Grade A in A-level maths plus DD in the Tech Level. Grade 6 music theory is required in addition. Grade 8 in Music Practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in Music Accepted subjects: Engineering. Must be offered in combination with A-level Mathematics. **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3,D3,M2 in three Principal subjects including mathematics at D3, physics at D3 and music at M2. **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. If music is not supplied as the third Principal subject, grade 6 music theory is required (or a demonstrated equivalent standard). Grade 8 in the music practical (or a demonstrated equivalent standard) is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component. Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video.

Extended Project

A

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: ABB including grades AB in mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical and grade A in the EPQ. If the third A-level is not music, grade 6 music theory (or a demonstrated equivalent standard) must be taken. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. If music is not supplied as third subject, Grade 6 music theory is required in addition to third subject. Grade 8 in music practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve grade A in A-level Maths, plus DD in the Technical Diploma. Grade 6 music theory is required in addition. Grade 8 in Music Practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in Music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. Accepted subjects: Engineering

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve an A in both maths and physics at A-level plus D in the Technical Extended Certificate. Grade 6 music theory is required in addition. Grade 8 in Music Practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in Music. **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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136

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Music

Acoustics and vibration

Acoustical engineering is the application of acoustics – the science of sound and vibration – in technology, with broad applications from the design of cars, 3D-audio systems and concert halls, to reducing aircraft noise and using ultrasound to fight antimicrobial resistance.

This course will allow you to balance your interest in sound and technology with the study of music. The first two years will develop your core understanding of acoustics and audio signal processing, while studying both engineering and music modules.

First-year engineering modules will develop your design and programming skills, preparing you to design, build and test acoustical engineering systems, components, and mechanisms. In your second year, you will deepen your understanding of acoustics, sound and mathematics, as well as learn about audio engineering technology.

In your third year, you will work on an engineering or music-based individual project, as well as specialist acoustics and music modules.

Modules

You will study a number of core subjects during the first two years, all related to acoustics, audio, sound and vibrations. Additional module options can be taken from Acoustical Engineering and Music. In year three, you will have the opportunity to specialise further in acoustics or music.
Core and compulsory modules:
Year 1: Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment, Design and Computing, Acoustics I,
Year 2: Audio and Signal Processing, Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II, Acoustics II
Year 3: Individual Project or Research Project

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.

89%
high
Music
87%
med
Acoustics and vibration

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.

Music

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

89%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Physics

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

92%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
90%
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
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
8%
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.

Music

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
77%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
20%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

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
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
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.

Music

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

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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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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