Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc

Options: PG Diploma


The Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc is designed to train students from other disciplines as audiologists. This unique two-year programme includes a 12-month clinical placement and provides the core knowledge, skills and clinical competencies necessary for employment as an audiologist.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 2 years
  • Flexible 3-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: Fee available on request from the department
  • Overseas Full-time: Fee available on request from the department

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

The programme provides a detailed study of the hearing and balance mechanisms, their structure, function, pathology and assessment.

The successful student will become competent in a wide range of adult hearing assessments and adult hearing amplification and aural rehabilitation. In addition students will acquire skills that will allow them to assist in specialist areas, specifically balance and paediatric hearing assessments.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute is a recognised international centre of excellence for research and training with strong links to the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and other specialised audiology departments in London.

Our programme aims to ensure that graduates are scientifically literate at postgraduate level and clinically competent within an audiology setting, and that graduates from a relevant discipline acquire the knowledge and skills to practise as an audiologist and/or hearing aid dispenser or pursue a research career.

Our programme allows students the opportunity to network with a variety of different professionals, particularly audiologists, and doctors with specialist interests in ENT or audiovestibular medicine.


Students undertake modules to the value of 300 credits. The full-time two-year programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits) in the first year, and two core clinical modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits) in the second year.

A Postgraduate Diploma (240 credits, full-time 2 years, flexible 3-5 years) is also offered.

Core Modules

  • Year One (Please note: flexible mode only applies to first-year modules. The in-service clinical placement modules need to be completed in one year – equivalent to Year Two of the full-time programme).
  • Acoustics, Signals and Systems for Audiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Balance
  • Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Year Two (Clinical Year): In the following two clinical modules the student will acquire the practical and clinical skills required for audiology practice:
  • Clinical Adult Audiovestibular Assessment and Paediatric Hearing Assessment (30 credits); Clinical Adult Diagnostics and Auditory Rehabilitation (60 credits)

Options

  • Students take two of the following 15-credit modules:
  • Auditory Perception
  • Impact! Changing Perspectives for Management
  • Living with Hearing Loss

Research project

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, case presentations, tutorials, enquiry-based learning, practical demonstrations and in-service clinical placements within accredited audiology departments in the NHS or private sector.

Assessment (formative and summative) is by essays, case presentations, mini tests, final written and practical examinations, and 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

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates who do not meet this requirement but have a minimum of five years’ relevant clinical experience may also be considered.

Students will be expected to meet the requirements of the clinical placement’s human resource department (including satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check).

Progression to the clinical placement (second) year will be based on satisfactory academic performance and there being no ‘fitness-to-practice’ issues.

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?

This MSc is suitable for students with a first degree in a relevant subject (e.g. biomedical science, physics, engineering, speech and language therapy, psychology, allied health care professions). It is particularly suitable for those who are new to audiology.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

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


Career

It is anticipated that the majority of students will seek employment as audiologists (within the UK, in both the NHS and private sector). The main area of activity is adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation. As experience is acquired, audiologists might develop an interest and expertise in balance assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric audiology, tinnitus, cochlear implants, middle ear implants, and bone-anchored hearing aids.

With further experience it is anticipated that your career might also move towards management, research or teaching.

Employability

Although the programme is vocational and career-specific (Audiology) some of our graduates have pursued academic careers, completing PhDs and taught doctorates. International students have used the knowledge and skills gained to promote and develop audiological services in their home countries. Graduates will also acquire many transferable skills, for example, excellent communication skills, ability to work under pressure, the ability to work independently, excellent interpersonal skills, research skills and team-working.


Next steps

Contact

Mr Robert Heller

T: +44 (0)20 7679 8966

Department

Ear Institute

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