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Our MSc Advanced Audiology Studies course is aimed at practising audiologists who want to prepare for advanced roles in clinical management, clinical practice, teaching and research. Read more

Our MSc Advanced Audiology Studies course is aimed at practising audiologists who want to prepare for advanced roles in clinical management, clinical practice, teaching and research.

The course consists of a mixture of audiology-specific units and those shared with health professionals from a range of other disciplines, enabling you to tailor the course to your own interests.

You will learn from internationally recognised experts at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD).

You may choose to complete 60 credits for a PGCert (exit award) or 120 credits for a PGDip.

On successful completion of 120 credits, progression to the full MSc qualification allows you to explore, in depth, a specific aspect of audiology practice, policy, research or education in a 60-credit, 12,000 to 15,000-word dissertation.

Aims

Our course aims to:

  • enable you to critically evaluate and apply aspects of contemporary audiology and healthcare practice, policy, research and education;
  • foster positive values and attitudes that recognise and respect individual and cultural diversities and challenge discriminatory practice;
  • equip you with in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to critically evaluate research and the evidence base for audiology practice that promotes optimal health and involves service users and carers in the delivery of care;
  • develop your abilities and skills in critical reflective practice, problem solving and creative ethical decision-making;
  • contribute to innovation, change and quality improvement in audiology and healthcare practice at both individual and organisational levels by equipping you with a systematic and critical understanding of relevant knowledge, theoretical frameworks and advanced skills;
  • enhance your career development and lifelong learning to support safe practice and the maintenance and enhancement of appropriate standards of audiology practice.

Additional aims for the MSc are to enable you, through the systematic, in-depth, exploration of a specific area of audiology practice, policy, research or education to extend your knowledge, understanding and ability to contribute to the advancement of audiology knowledge and practice at an individual and/or organisational level.

Special features

Inter-professional learning

The course includes units in which students from a range of healthcare professions study core concepts and subjects together. You will also have the opportunity to study with professionals in areas related to audiology, such as teachers of the deaf.

Wide range of units

You can choose from a variety of units to customise the course to suit your own interests.

Expert teaching

This course is led by members of the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), an internationally recognised multi-million pound hearing research programme.

Teaching and learning

Many of the staff involved with the course are actively involved in either scientific or pedagogical research.

Where possible, members of staff teach course units related to their research interests and are in a position to keep their teaching informed and up-to-date.

A large number of the teaching staff are also clinically trained audiologists, hearing therapists or hearing scientists.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, small group work, student-led seminars, problem-based learning and online learning.

You will also be required to undertake independent study to further develop and consolidate your learning.

Where appropriate, and with individual arrangements, some audiology units may include participation in practical skills laboratories.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed using a variety of methods within individual units and across the course as a whole.

All assessments require you to integrate knowledge and understanding, and apply this to your own practice relevant to the outcomes of each unit.

Assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • case studies
  • assessed seminar presentations
  • literature reviews
  • change proposals.

The full MSc qualification requires an extended written piece of work (12,000-15,000 words) that focuses on a specific aspect of audiology practice, policy or research in the form of an extended literature-based review.

Course unit details

Taught units can be studied in any order except where there are specific pre-requisites.

Not all optional units may run each year and will be subject to minimum numbers. You will meet with your course director to plan out a pathway that meets your needs.

Part-time students on the PGDip or MSc course will need to complete 60 credits per year as required for the award. Attendance at the university will vary depending on which units you choose to take. Some units are delivered online, some face-to-face over a number of days, and others are delivered via traditional lectures on a weekly basis.

An exit award of PGCert is available to students exiting after completing 60 credits. This must include at least 15 credits of audiology-specific units from those available.

A maximum of 30 credits of individual course units can also be studied on a standalone basis.

What our students say

Studying this MSc part-time alongside clinical practice has been a unique experience. The course was flexible and I was able to tailor my units to suit my career options as a paediatric audiologist.

The course gave scope to branch into deaf education. Combined with my audiology background, I feel I have broadened my scope as a paediatric practitioner.

Aminoor Rahman

Facilities

You will use high quality laboratory equipment and facilities for learning practical skills. You will have access to these facilities outside of timetabled sessions to facilitate individual practice, with some limitation on procedures that carry certain risks eg aural impression taking.

You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer individual units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development, as well as units providing specialist clinical training .

Career opportunities

Our course will prepare you to enter roles in clinical management and practice in audiology, as well as teaching and research.

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited by the RCCP.



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Our MSc Audiology course is aimed at science graduates who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of audiology. Read more

Our MSc Audiology course is aimed at science graduates who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of audiology.

The course focuses on the theoretical, practical and clinical basis of the science of audiology, including the identification, assessment, rehabilitation and management of adults and children with audiological and vestibular dysfunction.

Our course includes two short clinical placements in the north-west - one in an NHS audiology department and one in the independent sector - to help you gain valuable practical experience while you learn.

You will learn from internationally recognised experts at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD) while studying on this course.

Clinical training

Once you have completed this MSc, you will need to undertake a further clinical training programme called the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) to achieve clinical competency and eligibility for registration as a qualified audiologist or hearing aid dispenser practicing in the UK. Non-EU students are not eligible to apply for the CCC programme.

Manchester offers this further clinical training through the CCC, which is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

Places on the CCC are limited, as we are constrained by regional clinical placement training capacity in the NHS. Places on the CCC are therefore offered via a competitive entry process which involves an interview, technical assessment and communication task in Semester 2 of the MSc Audiology course.

When considering applicants for the CCC, we seek individuals who have the personal qualities and skills required to succeed in a clinical training environment, including:

  • excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • excellent interpersonal skills (conflict management, team player)
  • motivation to work in a healthcare environment
  • motivation to work with patients, particularly the elderly
  • ability to learn and grasp new ideas and concepts
  • ability to prioritise and manage a high workload
  • punctuality and reliability.

All successful applicants who are offered a CCC place will be allocated a clinical training placement in the north-west.

Please note that there is no funding available for the CCC programme and successful applicants will be required to self-fund travel costs, accommodation costs and the CCC programme fees. The CCC programme fees are currently £4,500 and are reviewed annually.

Information for international applicants

The CCC is only open to EU applicants. Non-EU applicants are not eligible to apply for a position on this course. We strongly advise international applicants to check if clinical training programmes are available to them in their home country before considering undertaking the MSc Audiology course at Manchester.

Aims

This course aims to:

  • offer you a broad and thorough education in the identification, assessment, rehabilitation and management of adults and children with audiological and vestibular dysfunction, with a critical and evaluative understanding of the underlying scientific, medical, public health and disability knowledge base;
  • develop your practical knowledge and skills related to core clinical procedures;
  • further develop your research and critical skills by undertaking a piece of original research and presenting your findings via a research dissertation.

Special features

Inter-professional learning

You will have the opportunity to attend some professional practice lectures and workshops alongside healthcare scientists from a variety of fields.

Practical experience

Gain valuable practical experience through two one week clinical placements, one in an NHS audiology department in the north-west and the other in the independent sector.

Research experience

You will be required to design and complete a research project as part of the course, helping develop your research skills and giving you the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest within audiology.

Expert teaching

This course is led by members of the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), an internationally recognised multi-million pound hearing research programme. Manchester's hearing health research is benefiting as part of a £28.5 million investment through the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, so MSc students will benefit greatly from studying in an intensive and high-quality research environment.

Teaching and learning

Many of the staff involved with this course are actively involved in either scientific or pedagogical research. Where possible, members of staff teach course units related to their research interests, so they are able to keep their teaching informed and up to date.

A large number of the teaching staff are also clinically trained audiologists, hearing therapists or hearing scientists.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, small group work, student-led seminars, problem-based learning and online learning.

In addition, you will be required to undertake independent study to further develop and consolidate your learning.

To develop clinical skills, you will be required to undertake practical skills training as part of the course.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

We use a variety of assessments within individual course units and across the course as a whole. All assessments require students to integrate knowledge and understanding, and apply this to your own practice relevant to the outcomes of each unit.

Assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • examinations
  • case studies
  • assessed seminar presentations
  • literature reviews
  • OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations)
  • placement reports
  • reflective practice.

A substantial and mandatory component of the MSc involves the design and completion of a high-quality research project. The research project component represents 33% of the MSc (ie 600 hours or four months' full-time study).

The project is completed under supervision in an area related to audiology. The research project is an opportunity for you to consolidate much of your previous learning and to pursue a specialist area of interest that is relevant to your future career in audiology.

Facilities

You will use high-quality laboratory equipment and facilities for the teaching of practical skills. You will have access to these facilities outside of timetabled sessions to facilitate individual practice of procedures that carry minimal risk.

You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .



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Our world-leading MSc Audiology courses, underpinned by our pioneering research, enable both experienced clinicians and recent science/engineering graduates to accelerate their careers. Read more

Our world-leading MSc Audiology courses, underpinned by our pioneering research, enable both experienced clinicians and recent science/engineering graduates to accelerate their careers. The one-year MSc course provides scientific training in audiology and takes students from around the world. The two-year MSc course adds a 9-12 month clinical placements in the UK, Ireland and Jersey. All placement centres are approved and accredited by the University of Southampton and include a mixture of NHS and private clinics. 

Our graduates have transformed audiology around the world, from starting the first audiology service in Rwanda, developing the national Chinese hearing test, becoming head of University department in Jordan to managing a hearing screening programme in the UK.

Overview

The one-year MSc Audiology course provides challenging and rewarding scientific training in audiology to help develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes to become a global leader in audiology, auditory research or a range of health-related fields. It provides those new to audiology with the foundations of the profession while also offering rich and challenging professional development for already qualified audiologists, speech-and-language therapists and other health professionals.

The year is divided into two semesters, with the last four months dedicated to your research project. You will attend taster clinics, develop research skills and investigate healthcare innovations in the field. At the end of your research project you will submit a thesis. There is also the option to exit the course at an earlier stage with a PG Cert or PG Dip.

The first year of the two-year MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) course is identical to the non-placement programme and adds a clinical placement in Year 2. The unpaid placement is a minimum of 40 weeks and a maximum of 52 weeks in duration. Applicants are all asked to apply for the one-year MSc Audiology course and are then allocated to their placements prior to commencing the first year of study. Placements are allocated on a first come first served basis and are in approved audiology services in the UK, Ireland and Jersey. UK applicants who complete the two-year MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) are eligible to register with RCCP and to work in the NHS as an audiologist. EU and international applicants should refer to the registration body’s guidance for international applicants. All graduates from the two-year MSc are eligible to apply for our stand-alone course as a route towards registering as a Hearing Aid Dispenser. EU and international applicants should refer to the HCPC guidance for international applicants.



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This MSc is structured to provide the theoretical, scientific, clinical, research and vocational skills necessary to practise enhanced otology, audiovestibular medicine and audiology. Read more

This MSc is structured to provide the theoretical, scientific, clinical, research and vocational skills necessary to practise enhanced otology, audiovestibular medicine and audiology. The programme is designed for ENT surgeons, audiovestibular physicians, paediatricians, GPs, neurologists and other trainees and physicians with an interest in the medical aspects of audiology who wish to develop or enhance their careers or specialise in otology.

About this degree

Students will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the vestibulocochlear system and facial nerve, related disorders and pathologies, diagnostic techniques and management strategies in both children and adults. Clinical and surgical placements provide an opportunity to develop specialist skills and competencies in evidence-based medicine, multidisciplinary practice - including facial reanimation, skull base and cochlear implantation clinics - and translational research and ethics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits), full-time one year, flexible two to five years is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four modules (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Imaging
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Signals, Systems, Acoustics and the Ear
  • Advances in Auditory Implants
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Balance
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Lateral Skull Base and Facial Nerve
  • Medical and Surgical Treatment of Hearing and Balance Disorders
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Advanced Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

Please note: not all optional modules will be available in any given academic year. Please contact the department for more information.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and observation at accredited clinical placements. Assessment is through a combination of methods including unseen examinations, written assignments (essays and a dissertation), case presentations, clinical portfolios and vivas.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Otology and Audiology MSc

Funding

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

Careers

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.

Employability

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. For individuals in specialties allied to otology, the programme offers enhanced clinical and research skills relevant to careers in clinical research and service development.

Why 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, auditory processing, deafness and vestibular research in the UK.

Students benefit from an interdisciplinary range of clinical and research expertise. Collaboration between disciplines provides integrated research projects utilising a wide range of clinical and laboratory techniques.

The associated University College London Hospitals (UCLH) house the largest clinical audiology and dedicated vestibular service in the country, and the first Cochlear Implant team in the UK. All students benefit from placements in UCLH and UCL Partners hospitals and excellent networking opportunities.



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Advanced Audiology is designed for practising audiologists looking to enhance their clinical skills. Graduates are eligible to apply for senior clinical roles in the NHS or private sector. Read more

Advanced Audiology is designed for practising audiologists looking to enhance their clinical skills. Graduates are eligible to apply for senior clinical roles in the NHS or private sector. A variety of specialist modules can be selected to suit students' professional needs. The programme has a strong research and evidence-based practice foundation.

About this degree

A wide range of optional modules enables students to focus on specific advanced fields of audiology relevant to their professional practice. Students will learn about the latest research in each field and how to apply this to patient care and service delivery. Students will gain proficiency in using new tools and techniques in line with advanced-level practice.

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits), the research project and dissertation (60 credits), and five optional modules (75 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Counselling Skills
  • Research Project (see below)

Choose five options from the following:

Students choose five of the following optional modules.

  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Advanced Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Habilitation
  • Advances in Auditory Implants
  • Advanced Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
  • Paediatric Assessment
  • Rehabilitation for Adults with Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Introduction to Sensory Systems, Technologies & Therapies
  • Signals, Systems, Acoustics and the Ear
  • Principles of Health Informatics
  • eHealth: Patients and the Internet
  • Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
  • Using Information in Healthcare Management
  • Research Methods in Healthcare
  • Research Evidence and Design I
  • Research Evidence and Design II

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.

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

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Audiology MSc

Careers

The programme provides audiologists with the required depth, breadth and up-to-date knowledge and competence to enable them to fulfil the needs of the higher practitioner roles. 

The UCL Ear Institute's links with industry and healthcare providers allows students significant networking opportunities.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Audiologist, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
  • Hearing Aid Audiologist, Security Forces Hospital
  • Senior Audiologist, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Audiologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Employability

The MSc pushes the boundaries in helping clinicians develop their skills and services, and innovate and design solutions to today’s hearing healthcare challenges. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute is 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 Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital 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 (three- to five-day short courses) followed by tutorials and assessments. This allows students who continue to work part-time significant flexibility in how they structure their MSc programme.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Ear Institute

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This course provides a fast-track route to an audiology qualification for individuals who hold a degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline (linguistics, psychology, physics, behavioural science, biomedical science, speech and language therapy or some combination of these). Read more

This course provides a fast-track route to an audiology qualification for individuals who hold a degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline (linguistics, psychology, physics, behavioural science, biomedical science, speech and language therapy or some combination of these).

Audiologists work with patients to identify and assess hearing and/or balance disorders, recommending and providing appropriate rehabilitation and management. An audiologist will assist in the promotion of normal communication as well as the prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the following: hearing and/or balance disorders that arise in the peripheral and/or central auditory and/or vestibular systems; functional hearing disorders; and central auditory processing disorders.

An audiologist should also be able to identify developmental or acquired disorders of speech, language and language processing caused by a hearing loss, and make referrals to an appropriate professional.

The course is organised in three broad strands. You will study supporting subjects such as linguistics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, neurology and research methods. You will learn theoretical audiology knowledge relating to hearing and balance, and you will carry out an element of professional practice through placement-based and university-based learning of practical clinical skills, clinical decision-making, reflection and professional issues. Knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the theoretical modules are integrated and applied to clinical practice throughout the course.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught using a variety of interactive learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, group work, role-play and interactive computer sessions. The development of interpersonal skills and professional skills and attitudes is also a major focus of the learning and teaching programme. Learning activities are guided using web-based programmes. A variety of assessments are used for example essays, individual presentations, electronic portfolios, group discussions, case studies, practical skills as well as a final dissertation. Class sizes are normally 10 - 15 students.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying. In most instances, the taught elements of this course occur over three consecutive days. It is suggested that students use the other days for independent study.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course provides graduates with eligibility to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) in the United Kingdom/ Academy of Health Care Scientists.

Modules

15 credits: Neurology for Speech Therapy and Audiology/ Linguistics and Culture in Signed and Spoken Languages/ Advanced Audiological Assessment/ Multidisciplinary Working

30 credits: Audiological Assessment/ Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation/ Technology for Hearing Impairment/ Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation/ Research Methods

Level 10 credits

20 credits: Audiological Clinical Skills/ Professional Practice for Audiology 40 credits: Clinical Audiology 1,2 & 3 (placement modules) If studying for the MSc you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Graduates may work within the National Health Service and private sector. A further assessment is required in order to work as a registered Hearing Aid Dispenser. There are also career opportunities for research in universities and research institutes.

Quick Facts

  • This course includes 34 weeks of structured placements throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.  
  • It draws on scientific principles to inform clinical practice.  
  • Practical skills are taught on campus and students have access to a wide range of equipment.


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This course is suitable for audiologists from a wide range of clinical settings who are interested in aural rehabilitation. The course will provide you with further knowledge and skills in adult and paediatric aural rehabilitation to support career development and progression for qualified audiologists. Read more

This course is suitable for audiologists from a wide range of clinical settings who are interested in aural rehabilitation. The course will provide you with further knowledge and skills in adult and paediatric aural rehabilitation to support career development and progression for qualified audiologists.

The course aims to create an intellectually stimulating opportunity for you to develop academic knowledge and research skills, thus enhancing your practice in rehabilitative audiology. Suitable for international, UK and local audiologists, the course will develop knowledge of the evidence base in practice and further develop critical thinking, clinical reasoning and research knowledge.

The course is organised in three broad strands: 

  • Research (Research Proposal and Dissertation) 
  • Rehabilitative Audiology 
  • Professional Practice

Knowledge, understanding and skills acquired across the course will be integrated and applied in the clinical setting throughout all modules. This course will ensure that the audiologist acquires the advanced knowledge required to work with complex Audiological cases as well as managing service input.

PgCert in Hearing and Communication

The PgDip/MSc (Post-Registration) in Rehabilitative Audiology is open only to qualified audiologists but includes modules that are of interest to a range of professionals. The PgCert in Hearing and Communication has been developed to allow students from a variety of non-audiology backgrounds the opportunity for further study in relation to hearing impairment and auditory/ vestibular rehabilitation.

Students may take up to four years to complete the 60 credits required to be awarded a PgCert. Applicants might include: speech and language therapists; teachers of the deaf; linguists; any health professional interested (Post-Registration) in developing their knowledge and skills in relations to hearing and balance management. It is acknowledged that each of these groups has unique needs and concerns which will be taken into consideration during the admissions process and throughout the programme.

The minimum entry requirement for the Pg Cert in Hearing and Communication will normally be a first or second class BSc (Hons) degree in a related discipline (eg education, psychology, linguistics, speech and language therapy or another health science).

Teaching, learning and assessment

This is a distance learning course and students engage with staff members and each other through regular contact within the online teaching and learning environment. An extensive range of learning technologies – including The Hub, eportfolio and multimedia resources – will be available  to support directed, independent learning.  Learning materials may include narrated PowerPoint lectures, video or audio clips, reading materials, case-based data, guided learning activities, discussion boards and self-assessment quizzes. Online seminars and discussion groups will be scheduled to allow maximum participation. Discussions and seminars will also be archived to allow students to review the content after the event. Assessment is carried out through case-based assignments, reflective journals, research reports, electronic portfolio, online discussions as well as a final dissertation.

Teaching hours and attendance

We suggest that a student should spend an average of 18 hours on independent learning/ course work each week per module. This could include online discussions.

Modules

Advanced counselling: Theory and Practice (15 credits)/ Research Methods (30 credits)/ Adult Aural Rehabilitation: Advanced Practice (30 credits) OR Paediatric Aural Habilitation (30 credits)

A further 45 credits from: Hearing Technology: Advanced Theory and Practice (15 credits)/ Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation (15 credits)/ Tinnitus and Hyperacusis (15 credits) / Language and Culture of Deaf People (15 credits) / Adult Aural Rehabilitation: Advanced Practice (30 credits)/ Paediatric Aural Habilitation (30 credits)

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Graduates may work within the National Health Service and private sector. There are also career opportunities for research in universities and research institutes.

Quick Facts

  • This course is delivered completely online. 
  • It offers flexible learning pathways and draws from clinical experience.  
  • This course provides interaction with students from various backgrounds and contexts which supports critical


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The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the specialism of paediatric audiology. This module includes problem-based learning, and will also provide you with learning opportunities in a range of generic skills relevant to clinical scientists. Read more

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the specialism of paediatric audiology. This module includes problem-based learning, and will also provide you with learning opportunities in a range of generic skills relevant to clinical scientists.

Module Aims

To facilitate the development your knowledge of paediatric audiology, your skills in critically appraising scientific arguments and evidence, and your skills at collaborative working as is required for effective practice in paediatric audiology.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain current knowledge on the epidemiology of childhood hearing loss, effects of hearing loss on child development and the general aetiological investigations used after identification of hearing loss
  • Critically evaluate the scientific bases and clinical utility of paediatric hearing assessment methods in the context of child development, the aim of the assessment (e.g. screening, diagnosis and habilitation), principal habilitation options and current research in the field
  • Critically compare common approaches to habilitation of children with hearing loss, including hearing-aid prescription and evaluation, cochlear implant technology (for children with severeto- profound hearing loss) and other common and emerging forms of management
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication

Syllabus

• The principles and practice of newborn hearing screening programmes.

• Non-audiological assessment methods relevant to paediatric audiology.

• Behavioural assessment methods for children and stages of assessment.

• The importance of timely hearing assessment and its link to speech and language development.

• Factors that contribute to the successful hearing assessment of a child, e.g. accuracy, sensitivity, reliability and the scientific evidence underlying paediatric assessment methods.

• Planning and implementation of audiological assessment strategies taking into account the needs of the individual patient.

• Principles of selection, prescription, verification, evaluation and monitoring of amplification for children including the role of carers and other professional in the process.

• Planning and implementation of a rehabilitation strategy taking into account the needs of the individual.



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The Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc is designed to train students from other disciplines as audiologists. Read more

The Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc is designed to train students from other disciplines as audiologists. This unique two-year programme includes a 12-month clinical placement and provides the core knowledge, skills and clinical competencies necessary for employment as an audiologist and/or hearing aid dispenser.

About this degree

The programme provides a detailed study of the hearing and balance mechanisms, their structure, function, pathology and assessment.

The successful student will become competent in a wide range of adult hearing assessments and adult hearing amplification and aural rehabilitation. In addition students will acquire skills that will allow them to assist in specialist areas, specifically balance and paediatric hearing assessments.

Students undertake modules to the value of 300 credits.

The full-time two-year programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits) in the first year, and four core clinical modules (120 credits) in the second year.

The postgraduate diploma two-year programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) in year one, and four core clinical modules (120 credits) in year 2.

Year one core modules

Please note: only first-year modules can be taken in flexible mode. The in-service clinical placement modules need to be completed in one year - equivalent to year two of the full-time programme.

  • Signals, Systems, Acoustics and the Ear
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Balance
  • Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Year two core modules

  • Clinical Adult Audiovestibular Assessment and Paediatric Hearing Assessment (30 credits)
  • Clinical Adult Diagnostics and Auditory Rehabilitation (60 credits)
  • Integrative Audiology
  • Living with Hearing Loss

Research project/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 –12,000 words. This is submitted at the end of year one.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, case presentations, tutorials, enquiry-based learning, practical demonstrations and in-service clinical placements within accredited audiology departments in the NHS or private sector.

Assessment (formative and summative) is by essays, case presentations, mini -tests, final written and practical examinations, and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc

Careers

It is anticipated that the majority of students will seek employment as audiologists within the UK, in both the NHS and private sector. The main area of activity is adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation. As experience is acquired, audiologists might develop an interest and expertise in balance assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric audiology, tinnitus, cochlear implants, middle ear implants, and bone-anchored hearing aids.

With further experience it is anticipated that graduates might also move towards management, research or teaching.

Employability

Although the programme is vocational and career-specific (audiology) some of our graduates have 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 home countries. Graduates will also acquire many transferable skills, for example, excellent communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, the ability to work independently and in teams, and excellent interpersonal and research skills.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute is a recognised international centre of excellence for research and training with strong links to the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and other specialised audiology departments in London.

Our programme aims to ensure that graduates are scientifically literate at postgraduate level and clinically competent within an audiology setting, and that graduates from a relevant discipline acquire the knowledge and skills to practise as an audiologist and/or hearing aid dispenser or pursue a research career.

Our programme allows students the opportunity to network with a variety of different professionals, particularly audiologists, and doctors with specialist interests in ENT or audiovestibular medicine.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Ear Institute

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The Hearing Aid Aptitude Test distance learning programme is designed to meet the needs of suitably qualified Audiology practitioners wishing to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Hearing Aid Dispenser (HAD). . Read more

The Hearing Aid Aptitude Test distance learning programme is designed to meet the needs of suitably qualified Audiology practitioners wishing to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Hearing Aid Dispenser (HAD). 

Overview

The Hearing Aid Aptitude Test distance learning programme is designed to meet the needs of suitably qualified Audiology practitioners wishing to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Hearing Aid Dispenser (HAD). 

Hearing Aid Dispensers work in private practice to assess, fit and provide aftercare for hearing aids. It is a challenging and rewarding profession that requires a combination of scientific knowledge and patient handling skills. Hearing aid technology is an exciting and rapidly changing area. Hearing Aid Dispensers are required to be skilled at identifying and utilizing the latest technology to meet the needs of their clients.

Hearing Aid Dispensers may work independently or for commercial businesses ranging in size. Depending on the nature of the company there may be opportunities for a Hearing Aid Dispenser to develop business and management skills. The private sector is a rapidly expanding market offering practitioners rapid career progression opportunities.

The Hearing Aid Aptitude Test distance learning programme comprises one web based module which can be accessed remotely. The module consists of 6 sub sections and contains all the programme teaching and learning resources.  Assessment is via an in-house multiple choice exam paper.

Accreditation

This programme is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Successful completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply to the HCPC to register as a Hearing Aid Dispenser, which is a legal requirement in order to sell hearing aids privately.

The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research has an international reputation for teaching and research training. We currently run The BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) degree programme and MSc Audiology programme. We currently have around 100 PhD students, with approx. 25 in audiology and related areas. Projects are funded by a range of UK and EU research councils, governments throughout the world and the UK National Health Service, to name but a few. Research projects are often cross-disciplinary and multi-centre.

Programme Structure

The next Hearing Aid Aptitude Test distance learning programme will commence on the 8th January 2018 with the assessment taking place 6 weeks after the start of the programme on the 19th February 2018. Applicants are able to register onto the programme at any time during the first 2 weeks of the programme (latest application date: 15th January 2018).

It is mandatory that students access all the recorded teaching material. This will be monitored through Blackboard and students that have not accessed the teaching material will not be eligible to sit the assessment until they have met the requirement. The programme will run a minimum of twice a year, usually commencing in January and June, depending on demand.



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Summary. Conventional research degrees provide high-level research training and prepare you for flexible research, academic and senior clinical careers. Read more

Summary

Conventional research degrees provide high-level research training and prepare you for flexible research, academic and senior clinical careers. These are suitable for students who have recently completed bachelors and masters degrees and for experienced professionals. Our postgraduate research programme is thriving, with approximately 25 audiology students conducting fundamental and applied research in multidisciplinary areas. Students take advantage of our strong links with other research groups in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), other faculties across the University and institutions internationally.

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The Audiological Science MSc provides a detailed study of the hearing and balance mechanisms. their structure, function and pathology. Read more

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.

About this degree

Students 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. They learn the theory and science underpinning these practical clinical skills including acoustics and the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

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

Core modules

  • Signals, Systems, Acoustics and the Ear
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Balance
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, and clinical placements. Practicals will consist of observations followed by supervised testing for rehabilitation and diagnostics in the Ear Institute’s specialist Skills Laboratory. Assessment is by essays, presentations, written examinations, clinical practical examinations and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Audiological Science MSc

Careers

Many graduates are now employed 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 the required theoretical skills and 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.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Audiologist, Princess of Wales Hospital (NHS)
  • Audiologist, St George's Hospital (NHS)
  • Senior Assistant Audiologist, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Student Audiologist, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Trainee Healthcare Scientist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and studying MsC Neurosensory Science, Aston University

Employability

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.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

The UCL Ear Institute is associated with the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, which houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country, and works closely with NHS audiology departments 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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Ear Institute

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website



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This module on research methods and statistics, particularly relevant to social and healthcare sciences, intends to help students become informed recipients of research evidence and able to understand its application to practice. Read more

This module on research methods and statistics, particularly relevant to social and healthcare sciences, intends to help students become informed recipients of research evidence and able to understand its application to practice. The module will afford students the opportunity to experience data analysis and to hone their critical appraisal skills.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are (1) to facilitate the development of lifelong learning with respect to the research process by introducing you to research approaches and methodology; and (2) to prepare you for Master’s-level research projects.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the main methods used for qualitative and quantitative research in health and social care, methods used for gathering and recording data, and statistical methods for analysis (including the concept of statistical power)
  • Design and critically evaluate a viable research study in audiology
  • Identify, carry-out and critically evaluate a strategy for descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of data
  • Critically evaluate the output from commonly used analysis methods to draw conclusions based on a combination of the results and the underlying science
  • Critically evaluate evidence and research literature in audiology science, considering for example potential sources of bias and alternative designs and analyses
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication

Syllabus

• Research concepts

• Research audit and service improvement,

• Research Governance,

• Risk assessment in research protocols,

• Evidence Based Research

• Literature searching and reference managing,

• Practical collection of data

• Principles of qualitative and quantitative research, samples and populations, scales and categories of measurement, validity, errors and bias, control groups and matched controls.

• Between-subject and within-subject designs,

• Defining experimental hypotheses,

• Statistical methods for description and hypothesis testing,

• Concept of statistical power,

• Calculation of sample size,

• Measures and tests of association,

• Reading research publications critically,

• Writing a critical review of the research literature

• Interpretation and evaluation of qualitative data

• Principles of safety and ethics in research.

• Writing a critical review of the research literature

• Succinct reporting of findings



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-The first UK professional doctorate in Hearing Therapy. -Blended learning – study predominantly undertaken on-line alongside professional practice. Read more
-The first UK professional doctorate in Hearing Therapy
-Blended learning – study predominantly undertaken on-line alongside professional practice
-Can alternatively study for an MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert as part of the same programme framework
-Combination of taught modules and supervised practice-based research makes the course highly relevant to professionals engaged in the field of rehabilitation in audiology
-Students complete an in-practice research project with support from an academic supervisor

Programme outline & modules

PGCert – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Hearing Therapy (5 days face to face delivery + online support)
-Tinnitus Management (online delivery)
-Aural Rehabilitation (online delivery)

PGDip – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Evidence Based Practice (online delivery)
-Health Behaviours (online delivery)
-Vestibular Rehabilitation (online delivery)

MSc – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Research Methods (face to face + online delivery)
-Research Project I (face to face + online delivery)
-Research Project II (face to face + online delivery)

Doctor of Hearing Therapy – all taught modules are 20 credits. Students will select one of the following two modules:
-Qualitative Research Methodology (online delivery)
-Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistics (online delivery)
-Research project & thesis. The personal research project is the core of Doctor of Hearing Therapy programme.

All modules can also be undertaken independently as continuing professional development.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Taught modules are 20 credits each, nominally equivalent to 200 hours of student learning. Modules consist of remote access lectures with electronic formative assessments and a module coursework assignment such as reflective case records, or an essay/literature review related to the module. Module results are ratified at Examination Boards held shortly after the end of each study period.

The research project is the major component of the doctorate, supervised by members of the Applied Health Research Group (http://www.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/applied-health-research-group/). Students will develop their research proposals based upon their own clinical interests, or may opt to select a project nominated by an Aston academic. Because this is a distance-learning programme, the research is not normally carried out on the University campus, and it is essential that the student has access to the facilities and resources needed to carry out the research, usually in the student's place of work.

The research stage requires a significant long-term commitment, as it is equivalent to around 2 years of full-time work (i.e. 4 years part-time). Candidates ultimately submit a thesis which is examined in a viva voce examination.

The Doctor of Hearing Therapy programme is aimed at practising audiologists, who will complete case records where required for taught module coursework, and will undertake a practice- based research project.

Students are on campus at the start of the programme when they have the opportunity to participate in group activities.

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The purpose of this module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core concepts related to Adult Auditory Rehabilitation including principles of health psychology and signal processing as well as technical and psychosocial aspects of the rehabilitation process. Read more

The purpose of this module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core concepts related to Adult Auditory Rehabilitation including principles of health psychology and signal processing as well as technical and psychosocial aspects of the rehabilitation process. As an Audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser this will help you to assess the needs of adult patients with hearing loss and provide patients with accurate and up to date information in order that they can make informed decisions about their management and treatment including devices, equipment and features.

Module Aims

  • Equip you with the basic knowledge and understanding required to provide a clinical auditory rehabilitation service for adults with hearing loss and/or tinnitus or to pursue research in a hearing-aid related field.
  • Enable you to apply your practical and theoretical knowledge and comprehension to all aspects of the rehabilitation needs of adult hearing-impaired patients and adult patients with tinnitus.
  • Enable you to develop skills to critically evaluate and analyse information from the relevant scientific literature.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain and critically analyse the arguments for, and the current consensus on, patientcentred rehabilitation for adults with hearing loss, including the assessment and analysis of need, effects of psychosocial factors, the provision of accurate and balanced information regarding management options, the facilitation of the patient’s decision making (especially regarding technology) and the role of communication strategies and tactics.
  • Formulate evidence-based recommendations for the rehabilitation of individual patients with common forms of hearing loss and tinnitus based on critical evaluation of a range of sources of information including that shared by the patient and the research literature.
  • Explain the process of individualised hearing-aid fitting on the basis of audiometric and other information, including the selection of an ear-mould/shell with appropriate modifications, the verification of the technical performance and other functional properties of a hearing aid (both in a coupler and the real ear), the validation of the fitting and the provision of relevant instructions and information to the particular user.
  • Identify and describe a wide range of different technologies (e.g. hearing aids, assistive devices, auditory implants), strategies (e.g. communication), skills (e.g. facilitation) and tools. (e.g. counselling and decision making tools) and other resources potentially available to the audiologist and patient to improve the patient’s hearing-related quality of life and explain their main pros and cons for common forms of hearing loss and psychosocial circumstance.
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning, scientific and patient-centred communication.

Syllabus

  • Overview of adult auditory rehabilitation and hearing aid fitting.
  • Understanding the impact of hearing loss in the context of the World Health Organisation.
  • International Classification of Functioning and the biopsychosocial models of disability.
  • Psychosocial impact of acquired hearing loss.
  • Introduction to hearing aids and components.
  • Specification and measurement of electroacoustic characteristics.
  • Range of devices and features, advantages and limitations of different options, consideration of the evidence base where appropriate.
  • Impressions, ear moulds, earshells and modifications.
  • Hearing aid selection and fitting: candidacy, ergonomic considerations, selection of electroacoustic characteristics by prescription methods.
  • Verification of hearing aid performance.
  • Counselling skills in audiology, including enabling adjustment and change.
  • Models of tinnitus distress.
  • Tinnitus management approaches.
  • Evaluation of auditory rehabilitation.
  • Evaluation of tinnitus interventions.


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