Sound and Vibration, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

Diminish the negative effects of noise and vibration and support sustainable natural and urban environments in this unique and interdisciplinary Master's programme within Acoustics engineering.

Sound and vibration master's at Chalmers

We are affected by sound and vibration in our daily life. Beyond this basic shared experience, “sound and vibration” as an interdisciplinary subject incorporates fields as diverse as physics, mechanics, physiology, signal processing, psychology and electrical engineering. Sound and vibration properties are critical for the function and quality of environments, products and transportation.

Today the design of e.g. high-speed trains, cars, transport infrastructure and buildings is strongly influenced by the performance requirements for sound and vibration properties.

The main aim of acoustic engineering master's programme is to educate specialists in the field of sound and vibration who contribute to a competitive and innovative industry and to a sustainable society where the negative effects of noise and vibration on the natural and urban environments and people’s health and well-being are diminished.

Location: Campus Johanneberg

Acoustic engineering

With its breadth, the acoustic engineering master's programme is unique in Sweden. Students can specialise in the field of noise control engineering, architectural acoustics or environmental acoustics. Cooperation with other Scandinavian universities enables the range of specialisations to be further extended (e.g. underwater acoustics, musical acoustics).

As a specialist in sound and vibration, graduates have a wide application area in which to work that extends from the vehicle industry to audio technology. The educational profile enables students to find professional opportunities as specialists all over the world, especially in Europe where there is a clear need for specialists in the field.

The acoustic engineering master's programme is designed for students with a high level of interest in interdisciplinary work where engineering skills are applied to increase the level of comfort and health of people. It is suitable for students with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, urban planning, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, engineering mathematics, architecture and engineering or architectural engineering.

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Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2020. Minor changes may occur.

Programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses​​​​

Research connections

The Division of Applied Acoustics is one of the leading acoustics laboratories in Europe. Having initiated and coordinated numerous EC projects, it is a strong international player in the research field. At the same time, it has a strong basic research profile. We have good relationships with most of the well-established acoustics laboratories in Europe (e.g. ISVR, UK, ITA Berlin and INSA Lyon), including regular exchange on both student and PhD level.

Industrial cooperation partners include Swedish vehicle manufacturers (Volvo Trucks (AB), Saab Automobile AB, Bombardier, as well as companies in Europe such as Fiat, Volkswagen, and Continental. We also work together with major consultancy and research institutes in Sweden and abroad (Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP), WSP, ÅF Ingemansson, Müller BBM in Germany and CSTB in France).

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Division of Applied Acoustics


Student interview

​“I worked on the acoustics for a concert hall”​
Spencer Mason, Canada, Sound and Vibration

Why did you choose this programme?
– I have a background in electrical engineering and wanted a master’s where I could combine this with architecture and my interest in the theatre. Being an acoustic engineer or theatre planner who works with lightning and sound seemed like a good career direction for me. In this programme, we have lectures, labs and a lot of group projects and assignments. We learn all about acoustics within structures and materials, audio technology, and signal processing.  As well as how to take measurements and use international standards. 

What have you been working on?
–In one course, we have been working together with the architecture engineering students to design a concert hall. They design the space, which includes the structural, lighting, and heat aspects and then we are the acoustic consultants. They create their designs in Rhino and then we import their designs into CATT Acoustic to perform the acoustic analysis of the hall. In our second year, we can take a course where we look at existing products and try to reduce the noise output from them, products include vacuum cleaners and drones.

What do you like the most about your programme?
–That it’s a niche, highly specialized market that combines electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and physics. What’s been nice, as well, is that we’ve had people from the BBC, WSP and Facebook Reality Labs come in to talk to us about what is going on in the field. It gives us ideas of what research and work that is going on in the field and provides connections for when we are looking to do our thesis and looking for jobs. 

What do you want to do in the future?
–I would like to do theatre design, designing the space acoustically, as well as working with the client to determine how the theatre should be designed, including what equipment is needed. Most people in the field tend to gravitate towards building acoustics and community noise, or towards electroacoustics such as designing audio technology like loudspeakers, and some even go into developing hearing aids.

​​Student Blogs

Published: Wed 21 Oct 2020.