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Former UCL MSc Advanced Audiology student Carolina Leal gives her view about studying at the UCL Ear Institute
Advanced Audiology MSc
Options: PG Diploma
Advanced Audiology is designed for practising audiologists looking to enhance their clinical and professional skills. The MSc provides advanced training in a variety of specialities allowing students to tailor their learning to their clinical needs. It has a strong focus on research and the delivery of evidence-based diagnosis and management.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- Flexible 3-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
A wide range of optional modules enables students to focus on specific advanced fields of audiology relevant to their professional practice. Students will learn about the latest research in each field and how to apply this to patient care and service delivery. Students will gain proficiency in using new tools and techniques in line with advanced level practice.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Ear Institute is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing and deafness in the UK allowing students to benefit from the range of clinical and research expertise among its staff. The associated Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country.
The MSc programme is designed for working professionals. A significant number of the optional modules are taught as Masterclasses (3–5 day short courses) followed by tutorials and assessments. This allows students who continue to work part-time significant flexibility in how they structure their MSc programme.
The programme has close links with healthcare providers and industry (e.g. hearing aid manufacturers). Modules delivered as Masterclasses provide excellent networking opportunities with these companies and international healthcare professionals.
MSc Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits) the research project and dissertation (60 credits) and five optional modules (75 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, practical demonstrations and workshops, structured work-place/placement observation, online tutorials and assignments. Research skills will be obtained through lectures and the completion of a scientific research paper and poster presentation. Assessments include essays, reflective journals, case studies, unseen examinations and the research dissertation.
Term 1 (Monday mornings)
Anatomy & Physiology of the Audiovestibular System (Module 2)
Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Gale
The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the normal structure and physiological function of the auditory and vestibular systems and of how pathological processes affect both. This will provide the firm basis of understanding required in clinical practice and/or research. Lectures will cover the gross anatomy of the ear proceeding to the detailed structure of the cochlear and vestibular systems and of the relationship of structure and function in the transmission and processing of external stimuli from the periphery to the cerebral cortex. This will be followed by the way in which pathological processes affect the structure and physiology of both systems, and of how repair, regenerative and protective methods may ameliorate these affects. The module will also provide information concerning the normal embryological development of the auditory and vestibular systems and how genetic defects may affect these processes.
Term 1 (Friday mornings)
Research Methods and Statistics
Lecturer: Dr Debi Vickers
This module will introduce research methodologies for designing and conducting experiments and to develop understanding of selecting, conducting and interpreting statistical tests. The knowledge acquired will help students with the preparation of the statistics assignment and research project. Key topics will include
- Introduction to Project Management
- Data Collection and Handling
- Evidence Based Practice and Systematic Reviews
- Questionnaire design and validation
- Ethics and Data protection
- Selecting the statistical test and power analysis
- Presentation Skills
- Writing a research paper
- Probability, Normal Distribution, t-tests, ANOVA, Chi-square
- Correlation and Regression
- Using SPSS
Term 2 (Monday afternoons)
Counselling for Hearing Healthcare Professionals
Lecturer: Ms Lucy Hanscomb
This module aims to enable practitioners at all levels to improve the quality of their day-to-day interaction with patients and their carers through the use of counselling skills.
The module will introduce the three core conditions of person - centered counselling: genuineness, empathy and unconditional positive regard.
Participants will gain an understanding of key counselling skills such as active listening, reflection and effective use of questioning and challenging. The inclusion of counselling skills in audiological practice will be discussed, along with issues such as maintaining boundaries and accessing supervision.
This course can be taken as part of the British Academy of Audiology Higher Training Scheme in Therapeutic Rehabilitation.
Starting 28th Feb - 28th March 2014 (Fridays all day, Term 2))
Lecturer: Dr Gareth Smith
Advanced Amplification & Aural Rehabilitation
4th - 7th Mar 2014
Lecturers: Dr Cherilee Rutherford
Auditory Processing Disorders
3rd - 5th Jun 2014
Lecturers: Dr Doris-Eva Bamiou & Dr Ifat Yasin
4th - 11th Apr 2014
Lecturers: Mr. Paul Radomskij & Ms. Johanna Beyts (RNTNEH)
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Applicants need to have at least two years' recent post-qualification clinical experience in audiology or a related discipline. A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is the standard entry requirement.
The Ear Institute recognises that some Audiology professionals may have had different (non-degree) entries into the profession. Applicants with the BAAT qualification and/or a Certificate or Diploma in Hearing Therapy who also have at least five years of relevant clinical experience and appropriate registration with the RCCP may be accepted, depending on their relevant experience, and are encouraged to contact the Ear Institute to discuss their application.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Advanced
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The Advanced Audiology MSc has been designed for practising clinicians who are interested in taking their professional practice to a more advanced level. This exciting new programme is ideally suited to practising audiologists, but professionals from related disciplines may also be considered.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Advanced Audiology at graduate level
- why you want to study Advanced Audiology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The interview enables you to further demonstrate appropriate clinical experience and allows flexible applicants to discuss their strategy for completing the programme.
The programme provides Audiologists with the required depth and breadth of up-to-date knowledge and competence to enable them to fulfil the needs of the higher practitioner roles.
The Ear Institute’s links with Industry and healthcare providers allows students significant networking opportunities.
The first cohort of students on the Advanced Audiology MSc graduated in 2012. No information on specific graduate destinations is currently available.
The MSc pushes the boundaries in terms of helping clinicians develop their skills and services, innovate and design solutions to today’s hearing healthcare challenges.
For the public UK healthcare scene students obtain the knowledge and skills for senior roles in the NHS (bands 6 and 7), as defined by the Knowledge and Skills Framework and National Occupational Standards.
modules listed above may also be attended individually for CPD purposes.
- Advanced Audiology Masterclasses course listings
1. How can I apply for this course?
Students wishing to apply for Advanced Audiology should follow the link in the "Entry Requirements and Applications" section of this page or by pressing "Apply Now". Full instructions on how to apply can be found here.
Applications can be made by post or online. In both instances, the applications must be sent to Admissions, UCL Registry, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
Applications sent directly The Ear Institute cannot be accepted.
Please note that applications will not be processed until all the required information, including all supporting documentation and references, have been received.
2. When are the course lectures?
Lectures on the core (compulsory) modules are scheduled for Mondays during Term 1 & 2 of the academic year. The schedule below is usually followed:
Term 1 – Monday morning: Anatomy & Physiology
Term 1 – Monday afternoon: Signals & Systems (optional module)
Term 2 – Monday morning: Research methods & Statistics
Term 2 – Monday afternoon: Counselling
Term 2 - Friday (all day for first 6 weeks): Paediatric Assesment (Optional Module)
Term 2 - Friday (all day for last 6 weeks): Paediatric Habilitation (Optional Module)
3. How many days per week do I have to attend lectures?
Core modules are presented on Mondays and Fridays during Term 1 & 2 of the academic year. Optional modules are scheduled to either
a) run on a Monday afternoon (Signals & Systems),
b) run on a Friday for a full day (Peadiatric Assessment and Peadiatric Habilitation) or
c) run as a masterclass over a 3-4 day period (see dates in FAQ #8).
4. When does the course commence?
The course starts during September/October with the start of the academic year in term 1.
5. What are the entry requirements for the course?
· A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
· Students need to have at least 2 years post qualification clinical experience in audiology or a related discipline.
6. Would this course enable me to apply for band 6/7 jobs in the NHS?
Obtaining the MSc in Advanced Audiology will not guarantee that you will be appointed to a higher grade necessarily. Some of the modules are accredited with the British Academy of Audiology’s Higher Training Scheme and other modules are in process of being submitted for accreditation. Prospective employers may favourably consider your application if they see that you hold a higher degree in Audiology, but of course there can be no such guarantees.
7. How many masterclasses do I need to attend?
You need to obtain a total of 180 credits to be awarded the MSc in Advanced Audiology. The core modules, plus the research project will give a total of 105. This means you would need to take 5 additional modules of 15 credits each. This could mean 4-5 masterclasses depending on your module selection.
8. What practical training will I receive?
The course work and lectures vary from module to module. Typically you will be asked to complete a reflective logbook as part of the course work in the clinical modules, which will require you to engage in or observe clinical practice. Some modules, for example APD, will provide you with hands-on opportunities to do certain EEG measures, OAE, ABR etc. If you have specific requirements for learning a particular practical technique or procedure, please discuss this with your course tutor who will try to assist or facilitate this.
9. What is the course duration and are there full and part time options?
The course duration on a full-time basis will be
around 12 months, including the completion of masterclasses and the research
project. The course can be taken on a part time basis and students are required
to complete the course within 5 years. It is important to note that not all optional
courses will necessarily run every year, for example, Cochlear Implants will
run every other year.
10. What are the IELTS Requirements?
The requirements are 7.5 overall with no individual element lower than 6.5.
For any other queries not listed here, please contact Mr Robert Heller Teaching Administrator.
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