Audiology Taster Course

  • 5 hours
  • No start date. Work at your own pace


This online short course will give you an introduction into the world of audiology and areas of research within the field.

It's for anyone who's thinking about studying audiology or just wants to learn more about hearing and deafness.

There are five modules, covering a range of topics such as hair cells and cochlear implants.

For each topic, you'll watch short videos and animations, with scientific explanations given in accessible and engaging way.

The course is run by the UCL Ear Institute.

Who this course is for

This course is designed for:

  • undergraduates considering pathways to audiology
  • postgraduates considering further study
  • school leavers who are considering their career choices
  • anyone who is curious about hearing and deafness

Course content

The course has five modules: 

  • The amazing hearing system
  • Looking at hair cells
  • Introduction to cochlear implants
  • The experience of tinnitus
  • Living with hearing loss
  • Balance

Teaching and structure

For each of the five modules you'll watch approximately 20 minutes of video, split up into sections.

After watching these videos, you'll:

  • be encouraged to comment on what you've seen
  • complete a short quiz to test your understanding of what you've learnt
  • be directed to further reading and additional resources

Learning outcomes

This course will help you:

  • appreciate how the hearing system works
  • recognise and understand key audiological concepts
  • gain insight into what area of audiology interests you
  • discover whether audiology appeals to you as a career
  • begin preparing to study audiology

Further information

The UCL Ear Institute runs Master's programmes in Audiology and Audiological Science. Find out more about these postgraduate programmes on the Institute's website.

Course team

Dr Ghada Al-Malky

Ghada is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Education at the UCL Ear Institute. She completed her Master's degree in Audiovestibular Medicine in 1999 and PhD in 2014. She worked in the NHS in North Wales before joining the Ear Institute as a Senior Lecturer in 2004.

Dr Torsten Marquardt

Torsten is a Senior Lecturer at the UCL Ear Insititute. Originally, Torsten wanted to become a sound engineer and became interested in the perception of sound, and the physiology of the cochlea and auditory pathways. He's particularly interested in trying to link physiology with the perception of sound.

Professor Jonathan Gale

Jonathan is Professor of Cell Biology and Interim Director at the UCL Ear Institute. His research interests are centred on the repair and regeneration of hair cells after cell damage or loss.

Dr Lucy Handscomb

Lucy qualified as a hearing therapist in the 1990s and has worked in a number of clinical posts since then, with individual patients and groups of people with tinnitus and hearing loss. She's particularly interested in psychological adjustment to hearing loss and methods of coping with tinnitus. She's published a number of research papers and book chapters on these topics. She's a Trustee of the British Tinnitus Association.

Dr Debi Vickers

Debi is a Reader in Speech and Hearing Science. She started her research career in the Department of Phonetics and Linguistics at UCL. She became interested in cochlear implants while working in the UCL Bioglass Extra-Cochlear Implant team. Following this, she spent several years working in the Hearing Lab at the University of Cambridge exploring the psychophysics of normal hearing and applying this to hearing impairment.

Professor Shakeel Saeed

Shakeel is Professor of Otology and Neuro-Otology at the UCL Ear Institute. He's a consultant ENT and skullbase surgeon, with research interests in implantation otology, deafness genetics and facial nerve repair.

Dr Hannah Cooper

Hannah is a Lecturer at the UCL Ear Institute. She began her audiology career in 2004 as a regionally funded trainee clinical scientist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and became a state registered clinical scientist in audiology in 2009. She was awarded an NIHR/CSO Healthcare Science Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2013 to undertake a PhD at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, which she completed in 2017.

Course information last modified: 03 Apr 2019, 16:16