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Medical Otology and Audiology (with specialisation in ENT Practice) MSc

Options: PG Diploma

This new MSc offers a medical or surgical choice in the theoretical, clinical , scientific and research skills in otology, facial nerve pathology and audiology. It is designed for ENT trainees/surgeons and avm physicians and GPs who wish to develop or enhance their careers or specialise in otology and audiovestibular medicine.


Mode of study

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,125
  • Overseas Full-time: £22,350

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application date

  • All applicants: 31 July 2015

More details in Application section.

Degree Summary

What will I learn?

You will learn the anatomy, and physiology of the vestibulocochlear system and facial nerve, related disorders and pathologies, diagnostic techniques and management strategies in both children and adults. Clinical and surgical placements provide an opportunity to develop specialist skills and competencies in evidence-based medicine, multi-disciplinary practice (including facial reanimation and skull base clinics), translational research and ethics.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research and training in hearing, auditory processing, deafness and vestibular research in the UK.

Students benefit from both clinical and research expertise and opportunities for integrated research projects, encompassing the peripheral structures in the inner ear to the auditory cortex and a range of model systems.

The Institute’s close links with the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital offers unrivalled opportunities for students to network with clinicians, surgeons and scientists. Students will have the opportunity to undertake clinical and surgical observation and participate in ongoing research.

Degree Structure

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma 3 core modules (45 credits), 5 optional modules (75 credits) (full-time one year, flexible two to five years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System for Physicians
  • Imaging
  • Research Methods and Statistics


  • Medical and Surgical Treatment of Hearing and Balance Disorders
  • Lateral Skill Base and Facial Nerve
  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural RehabilitationDiagnostic Audiology for ENT Practice
  • Balance
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Advances in Auditory Implants
  • Please note not all optional modules will be available in any given academic year. Please contact the department for more information.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and observation at accredited clinical placements. Assessment is through a combination of methods including unseen examinations, written assignments (essays and a dissertation), case presentations, clinical portfolios and vivas.


Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships


Entry requirements

A UK medical degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Fundamental experience of ENT surgery at postgraduate level is essential as the programme assumes a basic knowledge of otology theory and practice.

As there will be clinical placements within the NHS, students will also be expected to satisfy the requirements of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health.

International equivalencies

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 31 July 2015.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for ENT surgeons, GPs, neurologists or other medical trainees and physicians wishing to develop their careers or sub-specialise in otology, including overseas doctors wishing to set up their own specialised practice abroad.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Medical Otology and Audiology (specialising in ENT Practice ) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Medical Otology and Audiology (specialising in ENT Practice ) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Your Career


For ENT surgeons at a foundation/core training level, the programme adds a substantial clinical and research dimension to an application for core/higher training. For those already in higher training, completing this MSc demonstrates a commitment to acquiring advanced research skills and the opportunity to develop an academic clinical career as a practising surgeon. For individuals in specialties allied to Otology, the programme offers enhanced clinical and research skills relevant to careers in clinical research, service development and multi-disciplinary practice.


Globally and in the UK the requirements for career progression and development are even more sharply focused. On successful completion of this MSc graduates will have acquired wide-ranging skills which will enhance professional practice and future employability. Research skills gained will include data management and analysis, critical literature evaluation and an enhanced understanding of how evidence informs healthcare provision.

The programme will also advance understanding of otology and allied areas to a very high level and, for those individuals in training, this Master’s will demonstrate a significant broadening of their research portfolio and further support future career progression.


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