Audiological Science MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The Audiological Science MSc provides a detailed study of the hearing and balance mechanisms: their structure, function and pathology. The relationship between laboratory research and clinical aspects forms a key element: lectures, demonstrations and tutorials will be complemented by practical experience in the clinic and laboratory. It also provides the skills required to carry out an independent research project.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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. International Preparation Courses

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

You will learn how people develop, or are born with, hearing and/or balance difficulties; how to test for hearing and balance problems and how to rehabilitate or habilitate patients with these problems. You will learn the theory and science underpinning these practical clinical skills including acoustics and the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.

Who this course is for

We look for the following qualities in applicants: Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly, sympathetically, and in a friendly and professional manner with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Enjoys working collaboratively with other people. Excellent communication skills with patients, clients and other healthcare professionals.  Interest in science and technology and life-long learning. The ability to think in a logical manner and interpret complex information. A scientific but holistic and person-centred approach to work. Comfortable in using complex equipment and modern technology. The ability to work under pressure, with effective workload management and very good attention to detail. Able to work in isolation and also in multi-disciplinary teams.
This MSc is suitable for students with a first degree in science, engineering or psychology. The programme will provide the theoretical, clinical and research skills necessary for a career in audiological sciences and/or a research career.

What this course will give you

The UCL Ear Institute is one of the largest and most broad-based academic units for research into hearing and deafness in the UK. Students benefit from the range of clinical and research expertise among its staff.

The Institute is associated with the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals, which houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country, and works closely with NHS audiology departments and private sector audiology to provide placement and observation opportunities for students.

The programme has close links with healthcare providers and industry (e.g. hearing aid manufacturers) providing students with access to the latest practice and technology and excellent networking opportunities.

The foundation of your career

As well as working as audiologists, graduates have also pursued academic careers, completing PhDs and taught doctorates. International students have used the knowledge and skills gained to promote and develop audiological services in their countries. It is suitable for audiologists who have no graduate-level qualification in audiology and wish to develop their careers, or academic researchers who have a specialist interest in audiology.

Some students have successfully transferred to the MSc Audiological science with clinical practice and upon completing this course have pursued careers as audiologists in the NHS and / or private sector.


Graduates will have a good ability to frame their future learning, study and training in both an academic and clinical context.

It will also provide a range of analytical, communication and interpersonal skills which can be adapted to a variety of other roles.

This programme strives to provide graduates with the subject knowledge to consider pursuing a career as audiologists either within the NHS or private sector or work as hearing aid dispensers.

Please note that the Audiological Science MSc does not meet the requirements of the UK regulatory bodies on its own. The programme provides most of the required theoretical knowledge for clinical registration in the UK but does not provide the practical training required. Applicants wishing to practise as an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser in the UK will need to transfer to the Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc (two-year full time). This is subject to availability and there is a competitive interview process. Students considering the transfer should be aware that the Audiological Science MSc forms stage one of this programme and this must be completed within four years 


This module does not have professional accreditation. However, it is equivalent to the first year of the MSc in Audiological science with clinical practice, which has professional accreditation from HCPC and RCCP. Applicants who wish to work as audiologists should consider applying for MSc in Audiological science with clinical practice.

Teaching and learning

Each module will be assessed using a range of different assessment methods which will typically include written coursework assignments (e.g. essays, presentations, case studies, lab reports, statistical assignments), clinical practical examinations, unseen written tests and examinations. Details of the assessments required for each module, including the weighting of each assessment components and information on which assessment components must be passed in order to pass the module, can be found in the individual module sections.

The deadlines for coursework submission and dates for examinations other assessments take place throughout the calendar year.  Full details of the dates for all assessments can be found in each module summary and also on the Moodle page for each module.

Each module will involve 150 learning hours and will typically involve two hours of contact each week, with 7-10 hours of self-directed study, group work or laboratory work per week. This varies considerably between modules depending on learning content (e.g. contact time for some modules may vary from one hour and up to seven hours e.g., lectures, practicals and clinical observations may need to be attended over the full day).

Contact time may be live online lectures and tutorials or face-face session; workshops, practicals and clinical observations. Each timetabled session, lasting 1 to 3.5 hours, may be in the morning or afternoon.

Term one

  1. Lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals - six sessions per week.
  2. Independent study, including project preparation - four sessions per week

Term two

  1. Lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals - five sessions per week. Each session lasting 2 to 3.5 hours
  2. Clinical observation of NHS and Private clinics - Up to four sessions per week (two full days) depending on personal clinic observation timetable. Each student will attend clinics up to ten days over term two (minimum of six days).
  3. Independent study, including research project - Minimum of one session and maximum of five sessions per week.

Term three

  1. Final Written Examinations

Summer term

  1. Time working on independent project; primary contact with project supervisor (100% of each week)
  2. Late summer assessment period for resit examination (August/Sept)

A Postgraduate Diploma, eight core modules (120 credits), full-time nine months is offered.


You will undertake eight modules and a Dissertation/ Research Project.

The eight compulsory modules are taught during the academic terms (October to December and January to March) and includes lectures, tutorials, workshops, and private study. 

You will work on the Research Project throughout the year, including supervision, data collection and independent study.

Part-time students will take at least four taught modules in year one and begin their research project. In year two they will complete the remaining taught modules and the research project.

Note some modules need to be taken in a specific order; requisites for each module are highlighted in the programme diet.

The programme may be taken up to five years on a flexible basis. Some modules need to be taken in a specific order; requisites for each module are highlighted in the programme diet.

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 Audiological Science. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Audiological Science.


EARI00013 - Clinical and professional practice module (15 credits) includes up to 10 days of observation in audiology departments within the Greater London area.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £14,100 £7,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100 £16,050

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:

Additional costs

Occupational health screen cost is met by UCL but the cost of necessary vaccinations is met by students (TB immunity; hepatitis B; measles, mumps, rubella; chickenpox - cost is dependent on current levels of immunity - up to £700 for all vaccinations at time of writing).

This programme requires a completed 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. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75 at time of writing. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the UCL Graduate Admissions team.

​​​​​The cost of travel to clinical placements (or accommodation costs if daily travel is not possible) within the UK. Transport costs depend on home and placement locations. At time of writing expect to pay £5 (Zone 1) to £13.10 (Zone 1-5) each day for attending placements, for the up to 10 days required for EARI0013, if you do not already have monthly London Travel card that encompasses placement location. Student discounts may reduce this. Check Transport for London website for up to date information.

This programme requires a completed 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. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. 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 International Excellence Scholarships

Deadline: 30 June 2023
Value: £6,000 (1yr)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

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.

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 Audiological Science at graduate level? Why you want to study Audiological Science at UCL? What particularly attracts you to this 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 and the interview are your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and demonstrate your commitment to the field of audiology.

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: 2023-2024

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