Medical Otology and Audiology (with specialisation in Audiovestibular Medicine) MSc

The programme is designed to provide the theoretical, scientific, clinical, research and vocational skills necessary for audiovestibular physicians, ENT surgeons, paediatricians, GPs, neurologists – and other trainees and physicians with an interest in medical aspects of audiology – who wish to develop and enhance their career prospects or specialise in audiovestibular medicine.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£11,125 (FT)
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: 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.

Entry Requirements

Prospective candidates should hold a medical degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants should also have some relevant clinical experience.

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.

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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Degree Information

Students will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the audiovestibular system (from sensory organs to the cortex), its disorders and pathologies, formulation of a diagnostic approach and management/rehabilitation in both children and adults. This programme incorporates appropriate specialist practice with emphasis on evidence-based medicine, multi-disciplinary practice, translational research, ethics and the requirement for continuing professional development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma 3 core modules (145 credits), 5 optional modules (75 credits) full-time one year, flexible two to five years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System for Physicians
  • Imaging
  • Research Methods and Statistics


  • Adult Audiological Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
  • Audiovestibular Physics
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Clinical Diagnostics for Audiovestibular Medicine
  • Paediatric Audiological Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Please note: UK trainees who wish the MSc or Postgraduate Diploma to count towards formal Higher Specialist Training in the Audiovestibular Medicine specialty will be required to take specific options


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and observation at accredited clinical placements. Assessment is through a combination of methods including unseen examinations, written assignments (essays and a dissertation), case presentations, clinical portfolios and vivas.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Medical Otology and Audiology (with specialisation in Audiovestibular Medicine) MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed 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.


The programme provides a firm foundation in the practice of audiovestibular techniques and their clinical applications for physicians who wish to enhance their careers or develop a research career in this field.

This Audiovestibular Medicine pathway is recognised for specialty training in the UK by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB). It provides theoretical foundations for the multi-disciplinary assessment, management and rehabilitation of complex audiovestibular and related communication disorders to inform evidence-based practice and translational research.

All students benefit from placements in UCLH and UCLPartners hospitals and excellent networking opportunities.


This Master’s programme delivers a cutting-edge syllabus with current teaching methods. The Postgraduate Diploma in Audiovestibular Medicine option represents the General Medical Council approved theoretical assessment component for completion of training in the Audiovestibular Medicine specialty in the UK.

Training in audiovestibular medicine at UCL has a highly acclaimed track record in catering for a broad range of training needs of physicians both from the UK and abroad. Alumni include high-profile audiovestibular and ENT physicians, practising within the UK and internationally, with highly successful clinical, research or public health career trajectories after completing the programme.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute provides a unique environment for graduate study and is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing, auditory processing, deafness and vestibular research in the UK.

Students benefit from an interdisciplinary range of clinical and research expertise. Collaboration between disciplines provides integrated research projects utilising a wide range of clinical and laboratory techniques.

The associated University College London Hospitals (UCLH) house the largest clinical audiology and dedicated vestibular service in the country, and the first Cochlear Implant team in the UK.

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.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for audiovestibular physicians, ENT surgeons, paediatricians, GPs, neurologists or other medical trainees and physicians wishing to further their careers by developing skills in clinical audiology and vestibular medicine, or by specialising in audiovestibular medicine. Doctors from overseas may also be interested in setting up their own specialised practice in their home countries.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 July 2015

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 Medical Otology and Audiology, and Audiovestibular Medicine in particular at graduate level
  • why you want to study Medical Otology and Audiology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your personal, 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 whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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