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Acoustics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 35 Acoustics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Acoustics will give you the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of audio and acoustics engineering. Whether you’re interested in developing auralisation tools for drone noise, reducing sound in a built environment or using acoustic sensors to record marine animal vocalisations, your research will be improving quality of life across the world.

What's it like to study a PhD in Acoustics?

Doing a PhD in Acoustics, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans automotive, aerospace, marine, energy, architectural and building sectors.

Some typical research topics in Acoustics include: 

  • acoustic measurements
  • audio engineering
  • computer modelling
  • psychoacoustics
  • vibro-acoustics

Typical Acoustics PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. As well as undertaking research training within your department, you will also attend external meetings and conferences and may be submitting research posters as your research develops.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam. 

PhD in Acoustics entry requirements  

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Acoustics usually involves a first degree in a related subject such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or Acoustical Engineering. You may be able to apply if you have a background in audio production or music technology but you’ll need to chat with admissions around your experience with scientific methodology to make sure you have the necessary foundation for studying a PhD.

You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans.

PhD in Acoustics funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Acoustics are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) who provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached. 


It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Acoustics (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.   

PhD in Acoustics careers

You may choose to continue your research in your chosen area at a university, or work with the commercial sector in an engineering role, sharing your knowledge and expertise.

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EPSRC DTP - Exploring low temperature physical properties of materials

The physical properties of solids are vital to understanding many physical phenomena. Elastic properties govern behaviours from the propagation of phonons to the dynamics of phase transitions. Read more

Novel Side Channels across Boundaries: Attacks and Defences

Novel Side Channels across Boundaries. Attacks and Defences. In a side channel, sensitive information leaks accidentally via some medium or mechanism that was not designed or intended for communication. Read more

Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Effects of Rotating Wing Under Dynamic Stall

Oscillation of aerodynamic structures are widely observed in many engineering applications, such as flapping-wing aerial vehicles, drone or helicopter propellers, wind turbine blade, etc. Read more
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Durability of Seals for High Pressure H2 Storage

We have a vacancy for an enthusiastic and self-motivated PhD student for a PhD project in the Leonardo Centre at the University of Sheffield funded by the John Crane Ltd. Read more

Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality

  Research Group: Communication Technologies
Recent developments in low cost VR displays have led to a resurgence of research into binaural 3-D audio. Whilst a good 3-D audio experience can be given using the state of the art technologies, there are still many problems to be solved. Read more

Funded PhD studentship opportunity in vibroacoustics

Applications are invited for a postgraduate student to join the Acoustics Research Unit at the University of Liverpool for a three-year funded scholarship to carry out research that will lead to the award of PhD. Read more

Real-time Networked based Musical Interaction in virtual immersive environments

  Research Group: Communication Technologies
There is a high demand for making and consuming live music over networked based systems. Virtual recording studios, performance venues and rehearsal spaces are within our technological grasp, bridging gaming technologies, low latency networking and immersive audio strategies. Read more

Sonars for precise underwater autonomous vehicle (AUV) navigation.

  Research Group: Communication Technologies
There is a great interest in underwater autonomous vehicles (AUVs) and currently many companies develop AUVs for multiple applications. Read more

Machine learning in underwater acoustic communication modems

  Research Group: Communication Technologies
Machine learning is an approach that is useful when a practical optimisation problem is difficult to describe precisely. This approach has found multiple applications. Read more

Influence of listener movement on tonality and spatial quality in adaptive immersive surround sound systems

  Research Group: Communication Technologies
Whilst there is a significant body of work that focuses on the spatial quality and tonality of immersive surround sound systems for a sweet spot position, these qualities under a dynamic listening scenario (i.e. Read more

Improvements in headphone based 3-D audio using adaptive binaural signal processing and robust head-tracking

  Research Group: Communication Technologies
Design of immersive binaural surround systems requires an understanding of the perceptual cues for sound source localisation. Any source at a given angle of incidence to the head will create subtle time and level difference cues at the ears and is subject to spectral shaping due to the pinnae. Read more

High-frequency underwater acoustic communication for image transmission.

  Research Group: Communication Technologies
Communication using acoustic waves is the main underwater communication technology, since electro-magnetic waves quickly attenuate underwater. Read more

High data rate adaptive underwater acoustic networks

  Research Group: Communication Technologies
The ocean plays a key role in supporting all living organisms on our planet, yet the vast majority of the ocean remains unmapped and unobserved. Read more

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