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Mr Robert Heller

Email: robert.heller@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8966

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Ear Institute

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Audiological Science MSc

The Audiological Science MSc provides a detailed study of the hearing and balance mechanisms: their structure, function and pathology. The relationship between laboratory research and clinical aspects forms a key element: lectures, demonstrations and tutorials will be complemented by practical experience in the clinic and laboratory.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students learn how people develop, or are born, with hearing and/or balance difficulties; how to test for hearing and balance problems and how to rehabilitate or habilitate patients with these problems. In addition, they learn the theory and science underpinning these practical clinical skills including acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute provides a unique environment for graduate study, and is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing and deafness in the UK.

Students benefit from the interdisciplinary range of clinical and research expertise among its staff. Collaboration between disciplines provides integrated research projects encompassing the peripheral structures in the inner ear to the auditory cortex, using a range of model systems from flies to humans.

The associated Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country, and the first ever Cochlear Implant team in the UK.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 2-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Auditory Biophysics and Electroacoustics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Balance
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, and clinical placements. Practicals will consist of observations followed by supervised testing for rehabilitation and diagnostics. Assessment is by essays, presentations, mini tests, final written and clinical practical exams and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

Please apply online; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc is suitable for students with a first degree in Science, Engineering or Psychology, and will provide the theoretical, clinical and research skills necessary for a career in audiological sciences and/or a research career. Students who plan to work in the NHS and /or private sector as a hearing aid dispenser will need to complete an additional course leading to the Certificate in Clinical Competency (CCC) in Audiology.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Audiological Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Audiological Science 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
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.

Career

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Clinical Scientist Training Programme: Royal Berkshire
  • Royal National Ear Nose and Throat Hospital: Audiologist
  • UCL: Speech and Language Therapist
  • University Hospital of Wales: Audiologist
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital: Clinical Scientist
  • St Barts and London NHS Trust: Audiologist
  • University Hospital Bristol NHS Trust: Specialist Audiologist
  • In Health Group: Junior Audiologist
  • Portland Hospital: Audiological Scientist
  • Eye and Ear Royal Victoria Hospital: Senior Audiologist
  • Modernising Scientific Careers training route
Some of these destinations have offered training programmes leading to statute registration but as this route has become increasingly difficult, there is an expectation that to obtain work as a clinical audiologist and/or hearing aid dispenser, students need to complete both the MSc and the Certificate in Clinical Competency.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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