Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT)
- £23,020 (FT)
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.
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: Advanced
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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Students learn how people develop, or are born with, hearing and/or balance difficulties; how to test for hearing and balance problems and how to rehabilitate or habilitate patients with these problems. They learn the theory and science underpinning these practical clinical skills including acoustics and the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, eight core modules (120 credits), full-time nine months is offered.
- Acoustics, signals and systems
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
- Diagnostic Audiology
- Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
- Paediatric Audiology
- Clinical and Professional Practice
- Research Methods and Statistics
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
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 a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, and clinical placements. Practicals will consist of observations followed by supervised testing for rehabilitation and diagnostics in the Ear Institute’s specialist Skills Laboratory. Assessment is by essays, presentations, written examinations, clinical practical examinations and the dissertation.
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.
Many graduates are now employed as audiologists either within the NHS or private sector or work as hearing aid dispensers.
Please note that the Audiological Science MSc does not meet the requirements of the UK regulatory bodies on its own. The programme provides the required theoretical skills and knowledge for clinical registration in the UK but does not provide the practical training required. Applicants wishing to practise as an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser in the UK will need to transfer to the Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc (two-year full time). This is subject to availability and there is a competitive interview process.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Audiologist, NHS University Hospital of Wales (2012)
- Research Assistant, MRC Institute of Hearing Research (2011)
- Audiologist, Broomfield Hospital (2013)
- Audiologist, NHS Royal Berkshire (2012)
As well as working as audiologists, graduates have also pursued academic careers, completing PhDs and taught doctorates. International students have used the knowledge and skills gained to promote and develop audiological services in their countries. It is suitable for audiologists who have no graduate-level qualification in audiology and wish to develop their careers, or academic researchers who have a specialist interest in audiology.
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. Students benefit from the range of clinical and research expertise among its staff.
The UCL Ear Institute is associated with the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, which houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country, and works closely with NHS audiology departments to provide placement and observation opportunities for students.
The programme has close links with, healthcare providers and industry (e.g. hearing aid manufacturers) providing students with access to the latest practice and technology and excellent networking opportunities.
Student / staff ratios › 60 staff › 55 taught students › 32 research students
Department: Ear Institute
"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 multi-disciplinary 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 SinghAudiological Science MSc, Advanced Audiology MSc
Director of Studies and Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Audiology
"I joined UCL in 2011 to establish my own laboratory. I study the neural basis of sound perception so it was critical to me that I joined a university that had both a large group of researchers working on hearing, and a large and thriving community of neuroscientists. At the UCL Ear Institute I interact with scientists who work on all aspects of hearing and deafness while being embedded in probably the largest grouping of neuroscientists anywhere in Europe. "
Dr Jennifer BizleyNeuroscience MSc, Audiological Science MSc
Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow
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.
Who can apply?
This MSc is suitable for students with a first degree in science, engineering or psychology, and will provide the theoretical, clinical and research skills necessary for a career in audiological sciences and/or a research career.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Audiological Science at graduate level
- why you want to study Audiological Science 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