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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • 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.

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Counselling
  • Research Project (see below)

Options

  • Central Auditory Processing
  • Advanced Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
  • Advanced Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Advances in Auditory Implants
  • Paediatric Assessment
  • Paediatric Habilitation
  • Rehabilitation for Adults with Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Impact! Changing Perspectives for Management
  • Please note not all optional modules run each year.
  • See department website for details.

Dissertation/report

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.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme. Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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.

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 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate that your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme delivers.

The interview enables you to further demonstrate appropriate clinical experience and allows flexible applicants to discuss their strategy for completing the programme.


Career

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.

Employability

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.


Next steps

Contact

Mr Robert Heller

T: +44 (0)20 7679 8966

Department

Ear Institute

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Student View

"Participating in some observership clinics with my supervisor was extremely helpful for me, and writing the dissertation with all the new things I learned from this experience. Ophthalmology is one of the fastest evolving medical specialties, and dealing with vision was always my dream."

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"I was able to collaborate with a great international faculty as part of my research project. The collaborative efforts continue even to this day, for which I am eternally grateful to UCL."

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Neurology PG Resident, University of Missouri, USA, 2012

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