UCL Ear Institute


About the Ear Institute

The UCL Ear Institute is the largest and most multidisciplinary centre for research into hearing and deafness in Europe.

Our mission: to understand hearing and fight deafness.

Our vision: to be the world’s leading centre for investigations into mechanisms of hearing and all forms of hearing loss and ENT-related disorders, their causes and their treatment.

We provide a unique environment for graduate teaching and research training in hearing sciences and related clinical subjects.  Our programmes draw on clinical expertise from the associated Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, housing the largest clinical audiology unit in the UK. 

World leading academics and clinicians, working in fields as diverse as human genetics, biophysics, computational neuroscience, cell biology and human cognition, come together to create a genuinely collaborative research environment.

Our partnership with the new Royal National Ear Nose and Throat Hospital makes us Europe’s largest single grouping of audio-vestibular, discovery and clinical scientists.

Our history

Since our creation in 2005 we have witnessed remarkable growth. Over the past five years alone we have received over £25m in research funding.

Our excellence in research was reflected in REF 2021, placing UCL at the top of Clinical Medicine and Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience for research power and intensity. In addition, bibliometric analysis by the RAND Corporation confirms we are producing the most influential research in the fields of ‘deafness and hearing problems’ and ‘audiology and speech language pathology’ in England.

A key defining feature of the UCL Ear Institute is our emphasis on interaction between the different research groups that occupy the Centre for Auditory Research building and clinicians from the nearby Royal National Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital (formerly the RNENTH, now part of the new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals).

We hold a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEM in higher education and research.

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Working with us

Learn more about our mentorship opportunities and current job openings.

UCL Ear Institute

Why study with us?

Our courses are delivered by some of the most influential researchers and clinicians in the field of hearing and deafness.

Group photo   29th AprilA photo of 6 people standing in a line smiling and looking up at the camera. Behind them is a wall with 3 hanging plants on. The people are some of the Ear Institute Sustainability committee. Left to Right: Dan Jagger, Madisson Bro

Sustainability at the Ear Institute

Find out how we ensure sustainability is considered in our research and education across the board at the Ear Institute.