Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)
A UK Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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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- 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
- 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.
- UK, EU, Overseas students
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Recent graduates have gone on to work in research institutions across the world, in higher education, in schools, the NHS (Moorfields Eye Hospital) and other disciplines.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Cochlear Implant Specialist, King Fahd Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Trainee Patent Attorney, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, John Hopkins University
- Lecturer, UCL Ear Institute
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Western Ontario
Research students who study at the UCL Ear Institute are exposed to a unique and truly multi-disciplinary environment in a world-class institution. As expected, academic employers across the world recognise the strength of the institute and the employability of students is therefore greatly enhanced. The excellence of the training environment is also recognised by non-academic employers as recent students have obtained prestigious positions in government departments and in patenting law. In addition, the engagement with leading manufacturers and suppliers of audiological devices and pharmaceutical companies 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 Ear Institute has multiple state-of-the-art laboratories specialising in cell and molecular biology, genetics, auditory function, imaging, auditory processing and cognitive neuroscience. Together with its location next to the largest ENT Hospital in the U.K. this provides a wonderful training environment for prospective research students, both clinical and non-clinical. However, what makes it exceptional is the interaction between these laboratories and scientists to create research that is both novel and distinct.
All research students benefit from this interaction to develop wider technical 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
"Conducting research at UCL also provided an opportunity to meet other professionals and researchers in workshops and conferences held both within the institute and at international meetings. It also provided the opportunity to discuss new research ideas and findings with top researchers and start collaborative work."
Shaza SalehEar Institute PhD (2013)
Senior Audiologist, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
"The environment at UCL for research in my field (neuroscience) is unparalleled. Across UCL, there is not only tremendous breadth in neuroscience (molecular, cellular, systems, cognitive, computational), but also amazing depth. UCL's neuroscience community is so large and so diverse that even after 10 years at UCL I am still discovering colleagues here whose work is somehow directly relevant to my own."
Dr Jennifer LindenI supervise PhD and MSc students from the Ear Institute and also from the departments of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences; and the Institute of Ophthalmology. I also teach topics related to hearing on MSc and BSc modules in many of these departments.
Reader in Neuroscience
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now