Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT)
- £22,350 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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.
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 (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.
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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 programme only partially meets the requirements of the UK regulatory bodies. Graduates seeking to register as an audiologist or work as a hearing aid dispenser within the UK must also complete the Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) in Audiology, which can be taken at the Ear Institute.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Senior Audiologist, Eye and Ear Royal Victoria Hospital (2009)
- Research Assistant, MRC Institute of Hearing Research (2011)
- Paediatric Audiologist, Northampton General Hospital (2011)
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.
Please note that the Audiological Science programme 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 practice as an Audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser in the UK will need to take the MSc Audiological Science with Clinical Practice (2-year full-time).
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 to benefit from the range of clinical and research expertise among its staff.
The Ear Institute is associated 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 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 SinghSubject: Audiological Science MSc, Advanced Audiology MSc
"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 the probably the largest grouping of neuroscientists anywhere in Europe. "
Dr Jennifer BizleySubject: Neuroscience MSc, Audiological Science MSc
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
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