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Congratulations on your offer to study the Audiology BSc at the UCL Ear Institute. We look forward to welcoming you to our supportive community.

Welcome to the UCL Ear Institute

Prof Jennifer Linden
Congratulations on your offer to study at the Ear Institute.
 

Our vision is 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to our inspiring community soon.

Prof Jennifer Linden

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Welcome to your programme

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Congratulations on your offer to study Audiology at the UCL Ear Institute.
 

The Institute is home to pioneering academics, researchers and clinicians who are passionate about what they do, many of whom teach on the Audiology BSc.

This programme has been developed to train the next generation of clinical audiologists who will help support people with hearing loss and other ear conditions, researchers who will investigate new ways to diagnose and treat these conditions, and professionals working in audiology industry or for charities.

You will regularly meet people with hearing loss, professionals working in the field, and you will undertake many hours of supervised clinical placement to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence.

Audiology degrees across the UK have around a 90% employability rate and there is a national shortage of audiologists and hearing aid dispensers, so your job prospects are excellent.

We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly Audiology community soon.

Prof Rosemary Monk, Director of Education and Audiology BSc Programme Director
Dr Lucy Handscomb, Audiology BSc Admissions Tutor

Meet your module leaders

On the Audiology BSc programme, you will be taught by leaders within the fields of audiology and audiovestibular medicine, many of whom continue to work as audiologists who can provide you with first-hand advice and guidance during your studies. Our community is open and supportive meaning we are always happy to help you with any questions you may have.

Dr Lucy Handscomb

Dr Lucy Handscomb
Dr Lucy Handscomb is the module lead for the Communication Skills module and Admissions Tutor for the Audiology BSc programme.
 

On this module, you will learn about how important communication is between the clinician and patient/client. You will learn written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and explore different ways to communicate effectively with hard of hearing and Deaf people. These skills will be invaluable to your career as an audiologist.

Some of Lucy’s research focuses on communication; she recently led an investigation of video call use amongst older people with hearing loss during the pandemic. She is also interested in tinnitus (noises in the ears) its psychological consequences and how people learn to manage it. As well as being a lecturer she is a hearing therapist working with patients who have tinnitus and/or hearing loss, so she brings her direct experience into the classroom.

"Good communication is a fundamental skill for all healthcare professionals. We know that good conversations between patients and staff make a big difference to people’s outcomes. In audiology, we have the added dimension of communicating with people who don’t hear well. Being able to communicate well underpins everything we do, which is why we put this module right at the start of your degree programme."

Read more about Lucy's research here.

Dr Bhavisha Parmar

Dr Bhavisha Parmar
Dr Bhavisha Parmar is the module lead for Case Based Learning 1 which you study in your first year.
 

You will study real life clinical cases and explore the patient experience of common hearing conditions, and their journey through the assessment and rehabilitation process. You will meet audiology patients, and use research evidence, clinical guidance and patient preferences to identify appropriate diagnostic tests and management options.

Bhavisha completed her BSc, MSc and PhD at the UCL Ear Institute and has recently been awarded Audiologist of the Year 2022 from the British Academy of Audiology. Bhavisha’s research interests focus on improving audiology services in the UK as well as in low resource countries.

“The Case Based Learning 1 module is a great opportunity to bring together the topics you have covered in practical skills and theory-based modules, and apply them to solve real clinical cases. We invite audiology patients to share their experiences and work with you to build more complex clinical scenarios and integrate patient centred approaches to audiological assessment and management.”

Learn more about Bhavisha's research here.

Student stories

The Ear Institute has a long history of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and many of our alumni have gone on to become leaders as clinicians, medics, educators, and researchers. Find out more about some of students below.

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Dr Nur Shasa Ain Abdul Aziz, BSc Audiology

"I would highly recommend the UCL Ear Institute. It gives you the best structure to prepare you for work in the real world."

Read Dr Nur Shasa Ain Abdul Aziz's profile here.

Studying at the Ear Institute

 

UCL Campus

Student life at UCL

When you study at UCL, you will join a community with students from more than 150 countries studying in the heart of London - the world's best student city in the QS Best Student City Rankings 2023 - with some of the best attractions within walking distance of the campus.

You'll find a host of cutting-edge facilities, libraries, and the Student Centre - a dynamic space to study or meet friends. You will also find places to eat and a lively social scene with open lectures, events, and many clubs and societies to join.

Micrograph of cochlea

Our research

Research at the UCL Ear Institute is truly interdisciplinary. We have the most influential researchers in hearing and deafness in England and our research in this field is the most highly citied in the country (RAND bibliometric analysis).

Our research covers virtually all aspects of modern auditory research, from basic investigations in biophysics, cell biology and genetics, through to electrophysiology and computational neuroscience and cochlear implantation surgery and outcomes.