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Acoustics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK) in the UK

We have 22 Acoustics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK) in the UK

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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Audio/acoustics Machine Learning

One fully-funded PhD studentship including fees and stipend is available for an outstanding candidate to join the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), part of the University of Surrey’s Institute for People-centred Artificial Intelligence (PAI), in partnership with Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. Read more

Non-linear cochlear mechanics: Models and measurements

Supervisory Team.   Ben Lineton. Project description. The mechanical response of the cochlea to sound exhibits an intriguing array of different non-linear phenomena, involving interactions across time and frequency. Read more

Developing ultrasonically enhanced recycling of photovoltaics

A PhD studentship based at the Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics (C-MIU), and aligned to the EU Horizon funded APOLLO (A Proactive Approach to the Recovery and Recycling of Photovoltaic Modules) project, is available. Read more

Analytical Modelling of Noise Sources in eVTOL Aircraft for Advanced Air Mobility

Supervisory Team.   Chaitanya Paruchuri, Phillip Joseph and Sergi Palleja Cabre. Project description. Overview. Electrically-powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are poised to revolutionize transportation, contributing significantly to the UK economy. Read more

Acoustic ecology of South African Neuroptera

There exists a 65-million-year-old acoustic battle between bats and flying insects that resumes every night across the globe. Bats, armed with ultrasonic sonar, target and pursue a myriad of night flying insects. Read more

Ocean Soundscapes in a Changing World

The oceans are full of sound, with a vast array of intentional (e.g., communication) and incidental (e.g., feeding) sounds produced by marine mammals, fish and invertebrates, as well as an increasing contribution of noise emanating from human activities. Read more

Sounds of the River: Hydroacoustic and seismic monitoring of sediment transport

Summary. In order to better understand sediment transport as bedload, you will deploy new monitoring technology alongside machine learning of the output on key rivers in Scotland impacted by rewilding and nature-based engineering. Read more

Impacts of underwater noise associated with offshore windfarms on marine fish

Project Overview. This project will explore the physiological and behavioral effects of noise and vibration that is associated with pile driving as well as vessels and trenching during the installation and running of offshore windfarms. Read more

Investigation of plant auditory response to physical and chemical hazards

Project Overview. Recent groundbreaking research has unveiled that plants emit sounds in response to various stressors and environmental changes, but the preliminary study lacked precision and control [1]. Read more

NERC Panorama DTP: Seeing in the dark: the fluid dynamics of sediment-rich flows

Most fluid flows are highly turbulent and contain two or more gas, fluid, or solid phases. Examples include geophysical (e.g. turbidity currents, pyroclastic density currents, rivers) and industrial (e.g., food processing, water treatment and metallurgical slurries) flows. Read more

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