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Advanced Audiology MSc

Advanced Audiology is designed for practising audiologists looking to enhance their clinical skills. Graduates are eligible to apply for senior clinical roles in the NHS or private sector. A variety of specialist modules can be selected to suit students' professional needs. The programme has a strong research and evidence-based practice foundation.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,530 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)
Part-time fees are available on request from the department. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

Applicants need to have at least two years' recent post-qualification clinical experience in audiology or a related discipline. 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 is the standard entry requirement.

The Ear Institute recognises that some Audiology professionals may have had different (non-degree) entries into the profession. Applicants with the BAAT qualification and/or a Certificate or Diploma in Hearing Therapy who also have at least five years of relevant clinical experience and appropriate registration with the RCCP may be accepted, depending on their relevant experience, and are encouraged to contact the Ear Institute to discuss their application.

English language requirement: Advanced

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

A wide range of optional modules enables students to focus on specific advanced fields of audiology relevant to their professional practice. Students will learn about the latest research in each field and how to apply this to patient care and service delivery. Students will gain proficiency in using new tools and techniques in line with advanced level practice.

MSc Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits) the research project and dissertation (60 credits) and five optional modules (75 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Research Project (see below)
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Counselling
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System

Options

  • Signals and Systems
  • Rehabilitation for Adults with Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Paediatric Habilitation
  • Paediatric Assessment
  • Advances in Auditory Implants
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
  • Central Auditory Processing
  • See <a href="http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ear/courses/shortcourses/aamc">department website</a> for details.
  • <b>Please note</b> not all optional modules run each year.
  • Research Evidence and Design I

Dissertation/report

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 lectures, practical demonstrations and workshops, structured work-place/placement observation, online tutorials and assignments. Research skills will be obtained through lectures and the completion of a scientific research paper and poster presentation. Assessments include essays, reflective journals, case studies, clinical portfolios, unseen examinations and the research dissertation.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

The programme provides Audiologists with the required depth and breadth of up-to-date knowledge and competence to enable them to fulfil the needs of the higher practitioner roles.

The Ear Institute’s links with Industry and healthcare providers allows students significant networking opportunities.

The first cohort of students on the Advanced Audiology MSc graduated in 2012. No information on specific graduate destinations is currently available.

Employability

The MSc pushes the boundaries in terms of helping clinicians develop their skills and services, innovate and design solutions to today’s hearing healthcare challenges.

For the public UK healthcare scene students obtain the knowledge and skills for senior roles in the NHS (bands 6 and 7), as defined by the Knowledge and Skills Framework and National Occupational Standards.

Why 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 allowing students to benefit from the range of clinical and research expertise among its staff. The associated Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country.

The MSc programme is designed for working professionals. A significant number of the optional modules are taught as Masterclasses (3–5 day short courses) followed by tutorials and assessments. This allows students who continue to work part-time significant flexibility in how they structure their MSc programme.

The programme has close links with healthcare providers and industry (e.g. hearing aid manufacturers). Modules delivered as Masterclasses provide excellent networking opportunities with these companies and international healthcare professionals.

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

Department: Ear Institute

Degree reviews

Student review

"I am involved in developing protocols for part of a team that is looking at possible drug therapies for hearing loss and tinnitus. These are the amongst the first in the world, and is multidisciplinary and multi-centre. To be part of a team that is involved in groundbreaking research is wonderful. I love the multi-faceted nature of my role, with the varied range of people and backgrounds I get to work with from within the institute, across the faculty, campus and globally."

Dr Priya Singh

Subject: Audiological Science MSc, Advanced Audiology MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

The Advanced Audiology MSc has been designed for practising clinicians who are interested in taking their professional practice to a more advanced level. This exciting new programme is ideally suited to practising audiologists, but professionals from related disciplines may also be considered.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Advanced Audiology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Advanced Audiology 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate that your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme delivers.

The interview enables you to further demonstrate appropriate clinical experience and allows flexible applicants to discuss their strategy for completing the programme.

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