What educational qualifications do I need?
You’ll probably need to study for a degree in maths, engineering or physics. You can also study for degrees in acoustics: Acoustical Engineering offered by the University of Southampton, Acoustical and Audio Engineering offered by the University of Salford, or Acoustics or Audio and Acoustic Engineering offered by Southampton Solent University. The degree at Southampton has a stronger emphasis on mechanical engineering, whereas the degrees at Salford and at Southampton Solent have pathways in environmental acoustics and audio engineering.
Although it is possible to start with degrees in music technology or environmental science, you will usually have to take a further course to acquire the skills required by the acoustic industry. This might be an MSc in Acoustics or the Institute of Acoustics’ Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control. The Diploma is the leading specialist qualification for the professional practitioner in acoustics. It is also possible to study for individual modules of the Diploma, and the successful completion of the Diploma is recognised by three academic establishments (London South Bank University, the University of Derby and Southampton Solent University) as being the equivalent to the first year of their acoustically-related MSc courses.