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Contact details

Mr Robert Heller

Email: robert.heller@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8966

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (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. 

ENT Practice (Otology) MSc

The ENT Practice (Otology) MSc provides a thorough understanding of the basic scientific principles involved in the practice of audio-vestibular techniques and their clinical applications in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of the disorder of hearing and balance. This is achieved through teaching, practical experience and research.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain both theoretical and practical clinical experience of test procedures and will observe surgical techniques ranging from paediatric cochlear implantation to vestibular schwannoma surgery. The programme develops practical audio-vestibular testing skills including audiometry, tympanometry, vestibular tests, physiological tests, central auditory function tests, and auditory and vestibular rehabilitation.

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.

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Degree structure

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Imaging
  • Medical and Surgical Treatments of Hearing and Balance Disorders
  • Lateral Skull Base and Facial Nerve


  • Audiotory Biophysics and Electroacoustics
  • Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Balance
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Advanced Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Advances in Cochlear Implants


All 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 lectures, tutorials, seminars and clinical presentations. Each course involves discussion of key issues, practice in applying concepts both orally and in writing, analysis and interpretation of material, and individual feedback sessions. Assessment is through unseen examinations, coursework, long essays and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a medical degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; 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?

The programme will be of particular benefit for ENT Surgeons and others who are involved in the overall management of patients with deafness and/or dizziness.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study ENT Practice (Otology) at graduate level
  • why you want to study ENT Practice (Otology) 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.


The programme provides a firm foundation in the practice of audio-vestibular techniques and their clinical applications for ENT surgeons who wish to enhance career progression or develop a research career in this field.

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