Advanced Audiology: Audiovestibular Medicine MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The programme aims to provide the theoretical, clinical and research skills necessary for physicians who wish to pursue a career in audiovestibular medicine.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£15,100
£7,550
Pathways include:
Otology and Skull Base Surgery (TMSAUDSOSB01)
Audiovestibular Medicine (TMSAUDSMED01)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£34,400
£17,200
Pathways include:
Otology and Skull Base Surgery (TMSAUDSOSB01)
Audiovestibular Medicine (TMSAUDSMED01)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 31 Jul 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

A UK medical degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants should also have the relevant postgraduate clinical experience in their parent medical specialty. As there will be clinical placements within the NHS, students will also be expected to satisfy the requirements of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The programme aims to provide the theoretical, clinical and research skills necessary for physicians who wish to pursue a career in audiovestibular medicine.

It also aims to ensure that graduates are scientifically literate at postgraduate level as well as clinically competent in medical otology and audiology.

Who this course is for

The Advanced Audiology: Audiovestibular Medicine MSc has been designed for those with a medical degree. Applicants should also have the relevant postgraduate clinical experience in their parent medical specialty. Applications and adjustments are considered on case-by-case basis.

What this course will give you

The UCL Ear Institute is one of the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing and deafness in the UK, allowing students to benefit from the range of clinical and research expertise among its staff. The associated Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country.

The MSc programme is designed for practising professionals. A significant number of the optional modules are taught as Masterclasses (two to five-day short courses) followed by tutorials and assessments. This allows students who continue to work while they study significant flexibility in how they structure their MSc programme.

The foundation of your career

On successful completion of this MSc, graduates will have acquired wide-ranging skills which will enhance professional practice and future employability. Research skills gained will include data management and analysis, critical literature evaluation and an enhanced understanding of how evidence informs healthcare provision.

For ENT surgeons at a foundation/core training level, the programme adds a substantial clinical and research dimension to an application for core/higher training.

For those already in higher training, completing this MSc demonstrates a commitment to acquiring advanced research skills and the opportunity to develop an academic clinical career as a practising surgeon.

Employability

This MSc 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 programme 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.

The Postgraduate Certificate option provides key theoretical foundations to inform evidence-based practice and translational research and is recognised for specialty training in the UK by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) for Audiovestibular Medicine. It also represents part of the General Medical Council approved theoretical assessment component.

Networking

Throughout their time at the Ear Institute, students will have opportunities to develop new connections with staff and peers to expand their academic and professional networks through our interactive and participative programme. Students will learn from each other, from academic staff and practicing professionals, and will benefit from the Institute’s engagement with external groups including health trusts, charities, public and private sector institutions.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, practical demonstrations and workshops, structured workplace/placement observation, online tutorials and assignments. Research skills will be obtained through lectures and the completion of a scientific research project and poster presentation.

Assessments include essays, reflective journals, case studies, clinical portfolios, unseen examinations and the research dissertation.

Each taught module is worth 15 academic credits and represents approximately 150 learning hours - this includes lectures, tutorials, laboratory and practical work, assessments, home reading and revision. For MSc students, the Dissertation is worth 60 credits and represents approximately 600 learning hours, including supervision, collecting date and independent study.

A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits), full-time one year, flexible two to five years is offered. You may be interested in a Postgraduate Certificate if you already have an advanced degree. This programme is formed of four mandatory modules (60 credits).

Modules

MSc students undertake eight taught modules to the value of 120 credits, plus a Dissertation to the value of 60 credits. 180 credits in total.

PG Cert students take four compulsory taught modules to the value of 60 credits.

For full-time students, all modules must be completed within 12 months from the date of enrolment. Students enrolled on the MSc programme will complete the Research Project over the summer.

For part-time students, all modules must be completed within 24 months from the date of enrolment. Students enrolled on the MSc programme will complete the research project over the summer of Year 2.

Students may study on a Modular/flexible basis. Modular/flexible students must complete all the assessments for their programme of study within 5 years from the date of enrolment (this includes the Research Project for students taking the MSc) but may choose to complete the programme in less time. This mode of study is aimed at students who intend to follow the programme while continuing to work on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Advanced Audiology: Audiovestibular Medicine. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Advanced Audiology: Audiovestibular Medicine. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Advanced Audiology: Audiovestibular Medicine.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £15,100 £7,550
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400 £17,200

Pathways include:
Otology and Skull Base Surgery (TMSAUDSOSB01)
Audiovestibular Medicine (TMSAUDSMED01)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students will be required to have an enhanced DBS Check and pass occupational health clearance if their research project involves a clinical placement.

This programme requires a completed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for some compulsory modules. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme.

A charge for Post Office ID verification (£15.00) needed for an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service is payable by the student. The cost of the DBS check itself is paid for by UCL.

If you have lived, worked, studied or travelled in any single country outside of the UK for six continuous months or more, in the last five years, you will be required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct/Police Check from the relevant country/countries. The cost of this check varies by country and is payable by the student. More information on how to obtain these can be found on gov.uk

For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the UCL Graduate Admissions team

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

UCL Ear Institute MSc Excellence Scholarships

Deadline: 30 June 2024
Value: £4,000 (1yr)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • Why you want to study Audiovestibular Medicine at graduate level
  • Why you want to study Audiovestibular Medicine at UCL
  • What particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • How your 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. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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