Our BSc and MSci in Hearing Science will provide a solid academic grounding in the scientific and health fields related to hearing and sensory neuroscience.
This course is designed to equip you with an academic, technical, and practical knowledge of hearing science and related fields. It will prepare you for a wide-range of careers in research and development, the audio industry and non-clinical health professions. You will be based in the world-renowned Institute of Sound and Research (ISVR), which also hosts the Hearing and Balance Centre and our in-house Auditory Implant Service.
In your first year you will be provided with a broad grounding in multidisciplinary neuro-sensory science, the biopsychosocial approach to healthcare, and an insight into the professional requirements for work in the industry.
Year two consists of compulsory modules in Research Methods, Experimental Audiology Research (EAR) Project, and Audiological Science. You will also have the opportunity to take optional modules from around the university, subject to academic approval from within the course.
During your third year you will undertake an independent research project and conduct a multi-disciplinary investigation into the future of healthcare. In addition you will study a compulsory module which introduces you to paediatric audiology, and you will have the opportunity to take further optional modules, again subject to academic approval from within the programme. As part of either your second or third year, it is expected that you will take UOSM2032 Making Sense out of Senses: How the Brain Works as one of your optional modules. Students are encouraged to identify a substantial period of optional work experience during the third year, which we then support and assess.
If you are enrolled on, or have transferred to, the MSci Hearing Science course, you will have the option to select specialist modules that fit your interests, including Clinical Audiology, Physiology and Psychology of Hearing, and Assessment and Management of Vestibular Disorders. You will also complete an in-depth research project.
The Hearing Science course has been designed for flexible learning with a range of optional modules within and beyond audiology to suit your interests. The fourth year can be taken part time so that students can start earn-and-learn and gather valuable extra work experience.
Transfer between BSc/MSci Healthcare Science (Audiology) and BSc/MSci Hearing Science
It is possible to transfer from the clinical placement course to the non-clinical placement course at any time. If you transfer to the non-clinical placement course before undertaking all placements within that year, you would normally be expected to repay any NHS bursary you have received. For example, before completing all three taster placements in year one, before completing the summer placement in year two and before completing the spring placement in year three.
It is only normally possible to transfer from the non-clinical placement course to the placement clinical course before the end of the October of year one.
All applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can find more information on the Engineering How to apply page.
B600: BSc Hearing Science
B601: MSci Hearing Science
You can apply for the MSci through UCAS at the outset or you can transfer from the BSc to the MSci at the end of Year 3 (visa regulations permitting). Note that the first three years of the BSc and MSci are identical. You do not need to make the final decision to transfer from the BSc to the MSci and continue to Year 4 until after you get your exam results at the end of Year 3. Once you have entered Year 4 of the MSci, you can still exit the programme with a BSc based on your previous marks if you change your mind.
We second in UK for Aural & Oral Sciences according to the 2017 Complete University Guide
We are the only UK university with in-house audiology and cochlear implant centres
You will be taught by award-winning audiology researchers and lecturers
There is a wide range of career options available for graduates, including the following based on roles previous graduates have accepted:
Research Assistant or Research Student
Scientific advisor to charity
Audio research and development
Equipment developer, manufacturer or supplier, in terms of sales, training or development
Paid or voluntary work for overseas charities to develop and support services
Educator, e.g. within a university or other education provider
Alternative healthcare professional via post-graduate entry routes into professions such as audiology, medicine, dentistry, medical physics and public health
Variety of other science, healthcare and professional careers
Typical entry requirements
English Language and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above, plus NQF Level 3 qualifications such as GCE A levels.
AAB (minimum of Grade B in one Science A Level, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, and a Pass in the associated Practical), excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Use of Maths and Thinking Skills.
34 points overall, 17 at higher level including 6 in one Higher Level Science subject (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology).
Scottish Advanced Highers / Highers
Scottish Advanced Highers - AAB including one Science (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology)
Scottish Advanced Highers – AB (including a Science) and Scottish Highers AB
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels
Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, AB in GCE A Levels (minimum of Grade B in one Science A Level, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, and a Pass in the associated Practical).
D3D3M1 including one Science subject (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology).
75% overall, minimum of 75% in one Science subject
Irish Leaving Certificate
AABBB from 5 Irish Highers, including a minimum of two relevant Science subjects
We may consider applications from mature candidates with recent study from alternative qualifications (studied within the last 2 years), or a portfolio of appropriate healthcare work experience underpinned by an academic achievements equivalent to the basic requirements. All mature applicants must also have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Applications will be assessed on individual merit; please contact our Admissions team who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your UCAS application.
Access to HE Diploma
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) Academic test score of 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in all components) or an equivalent qualification.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.
A typical contextual offer is ABB from three GCE A levels (minimum of Grade B in one Science A Level, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, and a Pass in the associated Practical), or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. Please visit our contextual admissions pages for more information.
Optional modules from within the University, subject to approval by the Programme Lead or Director of Programmes (Audiology) and in accordance with University regulations on taking modules at other levels. It is normally expected that UOSM2032 Making Sense out of Senses: How the Brain Works is taken as an optional module within Part 2 or Part 3. The optional modules may include AUDI2002 and AUDI2006.
In Part III you will take 32.5 ECTS of Core modules and will select 30 ECTS of option modules.
Optional modules from within the University, subject to approval by the Programme Lead or Director of Programmes (Audiology) and in accordance with University regulations on taking modules at other levels. It is normally expected that UOSM2032 Making Sense out of Senses: How the Brain Works is taken as an optional module within Part 2 or Part 3. The optional modules may include work experience modules AUDI3008 and AUDI3009.
In Part IV (MSci) you will undertake a research project of 22.5 ECTS which is core, and you will select 52.5 ECTS of option modules.
Optional modules from within the University, subject to approval by the Programme Lead or Director of Programmes (Audiology) and in accordance with University regulations on taking modules at other levels. These modules can include AUDI6006, AUDI6009, AUDI6010 and AUDI6008.
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
Fees & funding
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
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. FEEG3003
Students are responsible for the printing costs of their poster for the Poster Presentation Day. This may range from approximately £5 - £20.
Travel costs. AUDI1009, AUDI2009, AUDI3007, AUDI3008 and AUDI3009
It is the responsibility of the student to pay for travel costs when visiting local clinics
Immunisation/vaccination costs. Students may be required to undertake additional vaccinations in order to commence clinical placements. Due to the nature of the timescales students may need to pay for some vaccinations through their GP prior to enrolment on their programme. Post enrolment the University will pay for any additional vaccinations required by the student, through the Occupational Health Service.
Costs may include accommodation e.g. hospital accommodation.
AUDI2009, AUDI3007, AUDI3008 and AUDI3009
Accommodation. Note that the summer placement and spring placements are separated by one semester at university; it might be necessary to enter into a contract for placement accommodation that includes the period of time you are back at University. Visit our website for placement dates: www.southampton.ac.uk/audplace
Insurance. AUDI1009, AUDI2009, AUDI3007, AUDI3008 and AUDI3009
Undergraduate students must register for travel/health insurance cover via the University online store whether abroad or within the UK or purchase their own private cover. Visit : www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-life/exchanges/outgoing/outgoing-students.page
Medical Insurance. AUDI3007
Undergraduate students must register for travel/health insurance cover via the University online store whether abroad or within the UK or purchase their own private cover. Visit: www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-life/exchanges/outgoing/outgoing-students.page.
Travel costs. AUDI1009, AUDI2009, AUDI3007, AUDI3008 and AUDI3009
Travel to the taster placement centre and possibly outstation clinics; see the Terms of Placement document available at www.southampton.ac.uk/audplace.
Travel to the University for two compulsory days of activities during the Spring placement. One day is typically in March (during which you will sit the exam); the other is typically in early June before you finish placement. You might also require over-night accommodation for those.
Immunisation/vaccination costs. AUDI1009, AUDI2009, AUDI3007, AUDI3008 and AUDI3009
Possibly costs of immunizations as part of your occupational health clearance. This depends on the immunizations you have had previously and whether additional immunizations are covered by your existing healthcare arrangements.
Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance. AUDI1009
During the application process for the programme, you will need to pay £44 for a criminal records check (Enhanced with list checks) in order to access the taster placements.
AUDI2009, AUDI3007, AUDI3008and AUDI3009
Possibly £44.66 for an additional criminal records check (Enhanced with list checks) before starting placement; this is in addition to the criminal records checks you paid for as part of your application to the programme. Some placement centres require this; others do not.
Other. AUDI1009, AUDI2009, AUDI3007, AUDI3008 and AUDI3009
Cost may include sufficient appropriate clothing to meet our and the taster placement centre’s dress code.
Accommodation. Part 4 students are encouraged to attend the British Academy of Audiology conference in November. It is optional. Costs may include registration, travel and accommodation. (Current costs are £5 for membership of the BSA and £26 membership of the BAA. Costs for the 2015 BAA conference were £80 for registration before 1st October and £135 after 1st October.)
Travel. Part 4 students are encouraged to attend the British Academy of Audiology conference in November. It is optional. Costs may include registration, travel and accommodation. (Current costs are £5 for membership of the BSA and £26 membership of the BAA. Costs for the 2015 BAA conference were £80 for registration before 1st October and £135 after 1st October.)
Optional Visits (e.g. museums, galleries) 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.
Anything else not covered elsewhere. FEEG3003
In addition to the experimental, computational and workshop resources available, reasonable expenses for travel and materials of up to £80 may be reclaimed through the Faculty Student Office.
AUDI1009, AUDI2009, AUDI3007, AUDI3008 and AUDI3009
Costs will vary by placement location, placement outstation clinics, personal circumstance and personal choice. For example, if you are allocated to a placement centre with no outstation clinics within walking distance from home in the UK and already have sufficient suitable clothing, your costs may be zero. If you are allocated to a placement centre in Central London and also use public transport from a London-based private accommodation to the centre and several outstation clinics, your costs could exceed £3000. Note that while we endeavor to allocate students to their preferred placement centres, our commitment is to provide a placement that is fit for purpose, wherever that may be; see the Terms of Placement document for further information (www.southampton.ac.uk/audplace).
Many UK/EU students will receive a bursary of £1,750 per year from the NHS for the first three years of the programme (i.e. £3500 across the two years that include the main placement), which are intended to be used towards the costs involved with being on placement. International students are not eligible for this payment.
(Current costs are £5 for membership of the BSA and £26 membership of the BAA. Costs for the 2015 BAA conference were £80 for registration before 1st October and £135 after 1st October.)
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.
Learning & Assessment
We aim to develop your independent learning, critical thinking, reflective practice, and problem solving skills; these form the basis for exceptional professional practice and employability. To achieve this, we use a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods.
The research project in year three provides an exciting opportunity for in-depth study on a chosen topic. MSci students undertake a more extensive and ambitious research project in year four, making a valuable contribution to audiology science.
Teaching and learning
Our students form knowledge and understanding, and develop their practical skills, through a combination lectures, tutorials, seminars, case presentations, individual and group projects, supervised clinical practical sessions and directed study. Computer assisted learning using simulations is also employed. The key goal of the courses is to link theory and evidence with practice.
Our audiology and hearing science research is relevant to your undergraduate degree course because you will be taught by people who are experts in their area of research. This is especially important for science subjects, where knowledge is advancing rapidly and for your third and fourth years where you’ll have the opportunity to do individual research projects.
Assessment and examinations
Theoretical and practical skills will be assessed using a combination of coursework and examinations, including written and practical examinations, assignments, peer review of presentation skills, presentations individual tutorial feedback, quizzes, topic tests and computerised self-assessment.
All components of assessment are also core: AUDI1009 and AUDI2006
Every student is assigned a personal tutor when they start the course, in addition to a course tutor. Your personal tutor will meet you when you enrol, and you will see him/her three or four times a term in the first year, for academic as well as pastoral support.