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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
MPSOV - SOUND AND VIBRATION, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2020/2021
Associated to: TKSAM
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2018-02-08 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2020/2021

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Architecture and Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics.



Mathematics (15 cr.)

General organization:


Aim of the programme is:
  • To supply the Nordic as well as the European market with generalists and specialists in the field of sound and vibration. In Sweden, these engineers will contribute to a competitive and innovative industry and to a sustainable society where the negative effects of noise and vibration on the natural environment, on the urban environment, and on people's health and well-being are decreasing. The programme, in coordination with the programmes by the other partners in northern Europe, is especially adapted to the needs in northern Europe with a strong vehicle industry, building industry and marine industry.
  • To offer students from different education programmes (e.g., from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Engineering Physics) the possibility to develop towards a professional career by combining their individual fundamental knowledge with competence in the field of sound and vibration.
  • To foster the student's interdisciplinary skills, which are vital to work with daily life problems in the field of sound and vibration. Therefore, the programme reflects the strong interdisciplinary character of acoustics as a research area, which involves, among others, physics, mechanics, fluid- and thermodynamics, signal processing, architecture, building design, behavioural science, musical science and psychology.
  • To establish a strong link between programme contents and its application in working life.


Learning outcome:

The programme aims to prepare a student for a life-long professional career and to provide a student with enhanced skills for analysis, synthesis and management of problems in the field of noise and vibration. To support this process the main learning objectives are defined as the ability
  • to rely on knowledge, understanding and practical skills that are required for independent work as a specialist in the field of sound and vibration.
  • to critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and solve complex problems, analyse and critically evaluate technical solutions as well as participate in research and development work and thereby contribute to knowledge development.
  • to apply knowledge and skills to real life problems taking into consideration human needs and society's goals for sustainable development
  • to integrate knowledge from different areas of acoustics and outside acoustics and handle the complexity of acoustics engineering problems.
  • to formulate judgements that include reflection on scientific, social and ethical responsibilities. This also demands awareness of one's own skills, interest, strengths and weaknesses, as well as of the limitation of tools and methods used in the context of acoustic planning.


Extent: 120.0 c



The programme is finalised with a 30 (60) credits MSc thesis in the field of acoustics. The thesis might be carried out in cooperation with industrial partners in and outside Sweden. Thesis projects carried out at Chalmers should be related to ongoing research to allow for a strong coupling between research and education. This is especially preferable for students who are interested in continuing as PhD students. It is also possible to carry out a 60 credits MSc thesis replacing the elective courses.


Courses valid the academic year 2020/2021:

See study programme


Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2020/2021:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Civil and Environmental Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Engineering Physics or Mechanical Engineering are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics

Other information:

The possibilities to specialise in certain areas of acoustics is broadened by cooperation with two other leading acoustic research groups in Northern Europe, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway (e.g. specialisation in telecommunication techniques, underwater acoustics) and KTH in Stockholm, Sweden (e.g. specialisation in flow acoustics and numerical acoustics). For further information contact the programme coordinator.

Page manager Published: Thu 04 Feb 2021.