Audiological Science MSc
Options: PG Diploma
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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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 is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing and deafness in the UK. Students to benefit from the range of clinical and research expertise among its staff.
The Ear Institute is associated Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, which houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country, and works closely with NHS Audiology departments to provide placement and observation opportunities for students.
The programme has close links with, healthcare providers and industry (e.g. hearing aid manufacturers) providing students with access to the latest practice and technology and excellent networking opportunities.
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.
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 a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, and clinical placements. Practicals will consist of observations followed by supervised testing for rehabilitation and diagnostics in the Ear Institute’s specialist Skills Laboratory. Assessment is by essays, presentations, written examinations, clinical practical examinations and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
Selection based solely on financial need.
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.
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.
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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 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 register as an audiologist with the Register for Clinical and Care Professions or work as a Hearing Aid Dispenser within the UK 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
Many graduates are now employed as audiologists either within the NHS or private sector or work as hearing aid dispensers.
Please note that the Audiological Science programme only partially meets the requirements of the UK regulatory bodies. Graduates seeking to register as an audiologist or work as a hearing aid dispenser within the UK must also complete the Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) in Audiology, which can be taken at the Ear Institute.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Great Ormond Street Hospital, Clinical Scientist, 2009
- University Hospital Bristol NHS Trust, Specialist Audiologist, 2009
- Eye and Ear Royal Victoria Hospital, Senior Audiologist, 2009
- MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Research Assistant, 2011
- Northampton General Hospital, Paediatric Audiologist, 2011
As well as working as audiologists, graduates have also 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 countries.
"A particularly valuable aspect of my degree is that I am part of UCL’s vast neuroscience community. This provides great networking opportunities and gives me the chance to learn from world-leading academics and experts in my field."
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Subject: Ophthalmology, Faculty: Brain Sciences
"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."
Dr Suraj Rajan
Neurology PG Resident, University of Missouri, USA, 2012
Subject: Neurology, Faculty: Brain Sciences