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Audiovestibular Medicine (MSc)

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Ear Institute
Full-time 1 year
A minimum of an upper-second class UK Bachelor's medical degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants should also have some relevant clinical experience.
UK/EU 2014/15: £10,800 (FT) Overseas 2014/15: £21,700 (FT)
Mr Robert Heller
Masters study type: Full time Masters study type: Part time

The highly successful Audiovestibular Medicine MSc offers an up-to-date comprehensive introduction to audiovestibular medicine, and encompasses clinical and research training. Emphasis is placed on the clinical and scientific disciplines underpinning state-of-the art practice in audiovestibular medicine, including genetics, immunology, radiology, ophthalmology, and psychiatry.

What will I learn?
This programme aims to provide students with knowledge of the structure, function and pathology of the hearing and balance mechanisms, and the theoretical background for a scientifically current evidence-based approach in the diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders in adults and children. A primary aim of the course is to equip clinicians with the basic knowledge and skills to pursue research in their future careers. The programme provides knowledge which complements clinical skills acquired in neurology, paediatrics, general practice and otorhinolaryngology training.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Ear Institute provides a unique environment for graduate study, and is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing and deafness in the UK.

Students benefit from the interdisciplinary range of clinical and research expertise among its staff. Collaboration between disciplines provides integrated research projects encompassing the peripheral structures in the inner ear to the auditory cortex, using a range of model systems from flies to humans.

The associated Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country, and the first ever Cochlear Implant team in the UK.

Degree Structure

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months) is offered.

Core Modules
Audiovestibular Physics
Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System for Audiovestibular Physicians
Clinical Diagnostics for Audiovestibular Medicine
Clinical Sciences Allied to Audiovestibular Medicine
Vestibular Medicine and Rehabilitation
Adult Audiological Medicine and Rehabilitation
Paediatric Audiological Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research Methods and Statistics

There are no optional modules for this programme.

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through taught lectures, including specific lectures on how to access evidence and teaching on evidence-based medicine/clinical governance. Students develop subject-specific skills through attendance at clinics, integrating the practical aspects of the teaching into their clinical practice. Assessment is through examinations, presentations, essays, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

How to Apply

Please apply online; for details visit

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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?
While directed at doctors in the training and clinical practice of Audiovestibular Medicine and those intending to set up their own service, the programme is also suitable for otolaryngologists wishing to develop skills in clinical audiology and vestibular medicine, and for paediatricians, neurologists, general practitioners and other doctors interested in disorders of auditory communication, balance, and spatial orientation.

What are we looking for?
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 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 is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Your future career
The programme is recognised for specialty training by the Royal College of Physicians/Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board; and by the British Association of Audiological Physicians.

RAE Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)

Visit the Audiovestibular Medicine (MSc) page on the University College London web site for more details!

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