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We have 24 Acoustics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships 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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Neurosymbolic Machine Learning for Distributed Fibre Optic Sensing

Supervisory Team.   Rafael Mestre, Mohammad Belal, Tim Norman. Project description. This PhD project focuses on developing innovative techniques for event detection by exploiting Neurosymbolic Machine Learning methods to data acquired using distributed fibre optic sensing (DFOS) platforms. Read more

High Performance Flexible Piezoelectric Transducers for Non-invasive Ultrasonic Health Monitoring

Supervisory Team.   Suan Hui Pu, Liudi Jiang, Kui Yao (A*STAR IMRE, Singapore). Project description. With the outstandingly large penetration depth, ultrasonic waves allow safe and non-invasive detection and imaging in deep tissue of human body with acoustic contrast. Read more
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Blast noise control

Acoustics and audio research has been conducted at Salford University for over 60 years. It is funded by research councils, national and international government bodies, and industry. Read more

PhD in Structural Dynamics and Health Monitoring of Composite and 3D printed Structures and Systems

KU Leuven consistently ranks among the top 50 universities in the world by major ranking tables with the Department of Mechanical Engineering being ranked amongst the 40 best worldwide. Read more

Hydrodynamic methods for cell disruption

Supervisory Team.   Gustavo de Almeida. Project description. The disruption of microorganisms (in particular, lysing of cell membranes) immersed in fluids has been the object of increasing attention among engineers and scientists. Read more

Engineering Crystalline Microstructures through Laser Ultrasonic Imaging - (ENG 1607)

Background. To determine the mechanical performance of a manufactured structure, the material properties at the nanoscale (chemical composition), microscale (microstructure) and macroscale (geometric shape) all need to be considered. Read more

Combining laser and ultrasound based molecular delivery strategies for enhanced drug delivery

Overview. This project addresses the critical area of delivering therapeutics to the skin. If successful, the approach will have direct and positive consequences for the treatment of a range of skin diseases, but may also be viewed as a more generic means of drug delivery for treating a much wider range of disease. Read more

Real-time Networked based Musical Interaction in virtual immersive environments

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

Soundscape Research: Analysis, Auralisation, and Assessment

The simulation of sounds in our natural environment is important for us be able to more reliably model and analyse the acoustic results of small or large-scale, human interventions, such as a newly proposed road, airport or rail project. Read more

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