The UCL Ear Institute includes arguably the greatest range of auditory scientists housed in a single institution anywhere in the world. This multidisciplinary environment provides a unique opportunity to undertake research and receive world-class training in state-of-the-art techniques. Interacting with different specialities is encouraged, providing greater scope for career development.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5,060 (FT) £2,530 (PT)
- £23,540 (FT) £11,760 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
MD(Res) applicants must have obtained the MBBS degree (or equivalent) and be eligible for registration with the UK General Medical Council.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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The extensive specialities of the research investigators at the Ear Institute provide an opportunity to study just about every aspect of hearing from cell and molecular biology to clinical research and cognitive neuroscience. Collaborations between researchers at the Ear Institute and clinicians at UCL partner hospitals facilitate novel, trans-disciplinary experimental approaches and translational research.
- Molecular genetics of hearing and deafness: discovering the genetic causes of deafness and hearing loss; molecular mechanisms of hair cell loss; whole transcriptome and whole exome approaches
- Cell biology of hearing and balance loss: understanding the mechanism of sensory hair cell death; repair of the sensory epithelia; hair cell regeneration; stem cell-based approaches for screening and therapy
- Cellular physiology of hair cells: mechanisms of transduction; biophysics of afferent synapses; physiological characterisation of auditory neurons; electrophysiology
- Clinical audiology: evaluating current approaches for hearing impairment, tinnitus, cochlear implants, balance disorders and new diagnostic tools
- Cochlear homeostasis: epithelial barrier functions; roles of gap junctions; fluid and ion homeostasis
- Cognitive neuroscience: brain mechanisms of sound localisation; coding complex sounds in auditory cortex; molecular physiological basis of synaptic and neural activity
- Molecular genetics of hearing and deafness: identifying susceptibility genes for age-related hearing loss
- Psychophysics and speech perception: spectral and temporal processing, pitch perception, binaural hearing, development of speech perception and music perception
- Testing auditory function: otoacoustic emissions to identify susceptibility to hearing loss; development of sensitive audiological test procedures for diagnostic clinical use.
Research students can apply for an award of £2,000 available annually to support research activities in a competitive process. Other funding opportunities may be available through individual research grants from various sources.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in research institutions and hospitals across the world, as well as the NHS and other disciplines.
Research students who study at the UCL Ear Institute are exposed to a unique and truly multidisciplinary environment in a world-class institution. Clinical and academic employers across the world recognise the growing strength of the institute and this enhances the employability of students. Several students have secured positions in hospitals and government departments. In addition, the engagement with leading manufacturers and suppliers of audiological devices provides excellent employment opportunities for students.
The UCL Ear Institute (EI) is highly engaged with external groups including charities, investors and companies. Students will gain from the EI’s commitment to enterprise activities by being exposed to such groups and supported in entrepreneurial and commercial endeavours.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The institute has multiple state-of-the-art laboratories specialising in cell and molecular biology, genetics, auditory function, imaging, auditory processing and cognitive neuroscience. Its close collaboration with the largest ENT hospital in the UK and UCL partner hospitals provides a wonderful training environment for clinical research students. What makes it exceptional is the interaction between these laboratories, scientists and clinicians, to create research that is novel, distinct, of high clinical impact and with strong potential to translate into clinical practice.
All research students benefit from this interaction to develop the skills and knowledge base that enables their future career development, whether academic, clinical or in other fields.
Department: Ear Institute
Student / staff numbers
› 59 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Ear Institute
83% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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.
Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. You should identify and contact potential supervisors and the Departmental Graduate Tutor before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
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