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Ear Institute MD(Res)

The UCL Ear Institute contains arguably the greatest breadth of auditory scientists housed in a single institution in the world. This multi-disciplinary environment provides a unique chance to undertake research and receive world class training in state-of-the-art techniques. Interacting with different specialities is encouraged providing greater opportunities for career development.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

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. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
Fees note: All fees quoted are for new students only for 2016 entry. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase by approximately 3-5%.

Entry Requirements

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.

International students

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.

Research areas

  • 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


There may be funding opportunities through individual research grants from various sources.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

SLMS Student Conference Fund

UK, EU, Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on 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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Assistant Programme Director MSc (Aud), National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Prinicipal Audiologist, National University Hospital, Singapore (NUH)
  • Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon, NHS


Research students who study at the UCL Ear Institute are exposed to a unique and truly multi-disciplinary environment in a world-class institution. Clinical and academic employers across the world recognise the growing strength of the institute and the employability of students is enhanced by this. Several students secure 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 skills and knowledge base that enables their future career development whether academic, clinical or other.

Student / staff ratios › 60 staff › 55 taught students › 32 research students

Department: Ear Institute

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.

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. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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