MSc Audiology and MSc Audiology (with Clinical Placement)
The one-year MSc Audiology at the University of Southampton is widely recognised as a world-leading postgraduate course for the academic training of audiologists. It is suitable for those who wish to enter audiology for the first time and for audiologists or related professionals who wish to progress their careers. We encourage applicants from UK, EU and international residents. The two-year MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) course is also available for UK/EU residents who are new to audiology en route to registration with RCCP and to work in the NHS as an Audiologist.
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 placement for those from the UK/EU who are new to audiology.
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.
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 for eligible UK/EU students. That placement is a minimum of 40 weeks and a maximum of 52 weeks in duration. Applicants are usually allocated to their placements during the admissions process (on first come first served basis). Placements are in approved audiology services in the UK, Ireland and Jersey. Graduates can register with RCCP and work in the NHS as Audiologists and are eligible to apply for our stand-alone course to become a Hearing Aid Dispenser.
The one-year MSc Audiology course is open to UK, EU and International residents. The two-year MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) course is currently open only to UK and EU residents.”
You apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see How to Apply . The deadline for new applications to this course is the 31st July each year.
Both courses are only available on a full-time basis. We also run several of the individual modules separately; contact us for more information.
The MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) course is accredited by the Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), with whom graduates are eligible to register. Graduates are eligible to apply for our stand-alone course in order to become eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Hearing Aid Dispenser. The placement is not guaranteed and is only available to approximately 10 UK/EU students per year. The placement fee is included within the standard tuition fee for 2015/16 applicants. Please contact us for more information.
In 2005, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
The ISVR was founded in 1963 and is world renowned for its contributions to audiology
Many of the teaching staff are national or international experts in their fields.
At least an upper-second class Bachelor’s honours degree, or equivalent, is required, and from an appropriate institution in a physical, biological, life or behavioural science or an engineering subject. Further, performance corresponding to at least upper-second class level in the final year dissertation or research project, where appropriate.
Applicants with a lower-second class Bachelor’s honours degree are considered only if evidence can be provided for the development of skills and capabilities beyond the degree, such as 2-years of relevant and appropriate work experience and training.
We accept UK, EU or International Students on to the course. Applicants need to demonstrate within their personal statements that they:
Are articulate, literate (including IT) and numerate
Have excellent inter-personal, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
Are enthusiastic about healthcare, science and learning and are self-motivated and have initiative
Have an appropriate level of understanding of the audiology profession and have visited or intend to visit an audiology or related department
Applicants will be asked to complete two short assignments in addition to the standard interview. Applicants with alternative backgrounds may be invited to interview. All applicants who are made an offer are invited to visit the department for a tour and chat with our staff and students.
Alternative qualifications are considered on individual merit. For example, a portfolio of appropriate work experience underpinned by an academic achievements equivalent to the basic requirements and recent serious and appropriate study, with clear evidence of scientific aptitude. Applicants in this category are interviewed and might be required to sit the admissions assessment. We are always happy to receive applications from candidates with equivalent qualifications. If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your application.
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum component score of 6.0 in Speaking and Listening, and 6.5 in Reading and Writing.
Intake: 30 students per year
All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.
Criminal Record and Occupational Health checks
All applicants are required to complete mandatory criminal record and health checks before the start of the course, organised by the University.
Consequently, all offers are conditional on a satisfactory outcome of both criminal record and occupational health checks.
The programme consists of taught modules and a research project. Taught modules are further divided into “foundation sciences” and “advanced modules”, with foundation science modules being pre-requisites for advanced modules unless you are exempted through accredited prior learning.
Foundation science modules are delivered in parallel during semester 1 (October to January), whereas advanced modules are delivered separately in short concentrated blocks. The Advanced modules AUDI6010, AUDI6007 and AUDI6008 may be taken individually by external students not registered for an award for continuing professional development or by other students within the University of Southampton subject to resources being available.
The first 8 months are normally spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (Semesters 1 and 2), and with exams at the end of each semester. The modules are listed below. The final 4 months are spent full-time on a research project, for which some preparation is done in Semester 2. You are encouraged to commence project work before the Semester 2 exams to allow yourself maximum time, especially where practical work is involved.
For all students, the following four “foundation sciences” modules must be completed during semester 1.
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 for eligible UK/EU students. That placement is a minimum of 40 weeks and a maximum of 52 weeks in duration. Applicants are usually allocated to their placements during the admissions process (on first come first served basis). Placements are in approved audiology services in the UK, Ireland and Jersey.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Our graduates are highly desired by employers around the world. Graduates have gone onto a variety of roles, such as audiologist, service lead, educator and researcher, in a variety of contexts, such as in health care, universities, research laboratories, businesses and technology manufacturers. Some of the companies our graduates work for include the UK National Health Service, Specsavers, Amplifon UK, GN Otometrics and Chime Social Enterprise.
UK/EU students who take the 40-week clinical placement after the MSc can work and register as audiologists in the NHS.
Learning & Assessment
Teaching and learning
The range of subject matter covered in the modules calls for varied teaching and learning techniques. These will include lectures, tutorials, individual and group planning exercises and practical work. You will be encouraged to openly communicate your professional experiences, exchange ideas and knowledge share. One-to-one tutorials are also arranged to cater for individual learning differences.
Candidates wishing to obtain an MSc will carry out a research project and complete a dissertation. Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the course. The research project will bring together all the acquired skills learnt on the course, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one or more of the subject areas studied. It will involve sourcing and gathering information, critical analysis, and evaluation and presentation skills. The project should contain your own original ideas. It should also exceed the existing standard of technical design, and address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.
Assessment and examinations
Assessment is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of assignments, presentations, essays, practical exams, and individual and group projects.
Every student is assigned a personal tutor from the start of their degree who will meet you when you enrol. Your personal tutor will stay the same throughout course to offer you consistent academic and pastoral support.
We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for postgraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Design equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile.
For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
Field course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field-courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copying
In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
Students are encouraged to attend the British Academy of Audiology conference in November. It is optional. Costs may include registration, travel and accommodation. Costs for the BAA conference are £80 registration before 1st October and £135 after 1st October.
Professional membership: Current costs are £5 for membership of the BSA and £26 membership of the BAA.
Optional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.