Medical Otology and Audiology (with specialisation in ENT Practice) MSc

This new MSc teaches theoretical, clinical (surgical and medical), scientific and research skills in otology, facial nerve pathology and audiology. It is designed for ENT surgeons or trainees, audiovestibular physicians, paediatricians, GPs and neurologists who wish to develop or enhance their careers or specialise in otology and audiovestibular medicine.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 2-5 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?

You will learn the anatomy and physiology of the vestibulocochlear system and facial nerve, related disorders and pathologies, diagnostic techniques and management strategies in both children and adults. Clinical and surgical placements provide an opportunity to develop specialist skills and competencies in evidence-based medicine, multi-disciplinary practice (including facial reanimation and skull base clinics), translational research and ethics.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute is the largest academic unit for research and training in hearing, auditory processing, deafness and vestibular research in the UK and provides a unique environment for graduate study. The institute has a long and highly acclaimed track record in catering for a broad range of diverse training needs of surgeons and physicians from within the UK and overseas.

Students benefit from both clinical and research expertise and opportunities for integrated research projects, encompassing the peripheral structures in the inner ear to the auditory cortex and a range of model systems.

The institute has close links with the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, offering unrivalled opportunities for students to network with clinicians, surgeons and scientists within the hospital, the UCL Ear Institute and UCL.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one year, flexible two to five years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System for Physicians
  • Imaging
  • Research Methods and Statistics


  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System for Physicians
  • Audiology for ENT Practice
  • Balance
  • Diagnostic Audiology for ENT Practice
  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Lateral Skull Base and Facial Nerve
  • Medical and Surgical Treatment of Hearing and Balance Disorders
  • Paediatric Audiology


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 and observation at accredited clinical placements. Assessment is through a combination of methods including unseen examinations, written assignments (essays and a dissertation), case presentations, clinical portfolios and vivas.

Further details available on subject website:

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

Entry requirements

A UK medical degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Fundamental experience of ENT surgery at postgraduate level is essential as the programme assumes a basic knowledge of otology theory and practice.

As there will be clinical placements within the NHS, students will also be expected to satisfy the requirements of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health.

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 programme is suitable for ENT surgeons, audiovestibular physicians, paediatricians, GPs, neurologists or other medical trainees and physicians wishing to develop their careers or sub-specialise in otology and audiovestibular medicine, including overseas doctors wishing to set up their own specialised practice abroad.

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 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.


For ENT surgeons at a foundation/core training level, the programme adds a substantial clinical and research dimension to an application for core/higher training. For those already in higher training, completing this MSc demonstrates a commitment to acquiring advanced research skills and the opportunity to develop an academic clinical career as a practising surgeon. For individuals in specialties allied to Otology, the programme offers enhanced clinical and research skills relevant to careers in clinical research, service development and multi-disciplinary practice.


Globally and in the UK the requirements for career progression and development are even more sharply focused. On successful completion of this MSc graduates will have acquired wide-ranging skills which will enhance professional practice and future employability. Research skills gained will include data management and analysis, critical literature evaluation and an enhanced understanding of how evidence informs healthcare provision

. The programme will also advance understanding of otology and allied areas to a very high level and, for those individuals in training, this Master’s will demonstrate a significant broadening of their research portfolio and further support future career progression.

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