About this course
Develop the specialist knowledge to boost your career with our 1 year MSc Audiology degree. Audiology taster clinics help you learn about patient care and our in-house auditory implant service offers a chance to explore cochlear implantation. Your learning is informed by our Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR). The ISVR developed childhood hearing screening adopted by the NHS and recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Gain scientific training in audiology whether you're new to the field, or are a qualified health professional interested in taking your career further.
Dr Victoria Watson is a Principal Teaching Fellow in Audiology. She is Employability lead for the Audiology programmes and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Clinical Scientist. Visit Dr Watson's profile page to learn more.
If you have no, or very limited, prior clinical experience in Audiology and you wish to work in the UK as an Audiologist, you can apply for our 2 or 3 year clinical placement degrees:
- MSc Audiology with Clinical Placement (2 years)
- MSc Audiology with part-time Clinical Placement (3 years)
- PG Dip Audiology with Clinical Placement (2 years) - identical to the 2 year master's but you don't need to carry out the year 1 research project.
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Successful completion of the placement allows you to register with the relevant UK professional body and to work clinically. For 2023 entry we are planning to expand our capacity to take students who wish to do the clinical placement.
“Southampton provided a high quality educational environment. I always enjoyed the workshop sessions putting theory into practice. The professors are all expert in their field while also being very approachable, supportive and patient.”
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.
Find out more on our COVID advice page.
A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours (2:1) in a related discipline such as a physical, biological, life or behavioural science, or an engineering subject.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
In your personal statement, you must show that you have:
- excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
- an interest in healthcare, science and learning
- motivation and initiative
- an understanding of the audiology profession
- visited, or intend to visit, an audiology or related department
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your:
- relevant professional experience
- subject knowledge
- aptitude for learning
- evidence of your scientific aptitude
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
The first year of the MSc Audiology, and the MSc Audiology with Clinical Placement degrees are identical. Your audiology training is divided into 2 semesters, with the last 4 months dedicated to your research project, at the end of which you will submit a thesis.
For your research project you’ll bring together all the skills you’ve learnt on the course, and show in-depth knowledge of one or more of the subject areas studied. You should also exceed the existing standard of technical design and address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2022-23
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules:
Applied Research Methods
The aim of the module is to equip the student with the knowledge and understanding of what good research is in the area of Audiology and how it is performed, with skills to critically appraise research and with skills to support their research project in ...
Assessment and Management of Vestibular Disorders
This module is primarily intended for those taking one of our audiology programmes or taking the module stand-alone as part of career development. It might also be of interest to a student on a non-audiology degree interested in the human responses to vib...
The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introductory grounding in audiology, including adult diagnostic assessment, rehabilitation and otology, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and understanding. You will also develop skills in integratin...
Fundamentals of Auditory Implants
The aim of the module is to provide an overview of the core scientific and clinical aspects of auditory implantation. This module is primarily for those taking one of our audiology programmes or taking the module as 'stand-alone' as part of career develo...
MSc Research Project
Within the context of your programme of study, students will undertake independent, original and critical research on a relevant topic. Students will then communicate the research objectives, methodology, analysis, results and conclusions effectively both...
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 scienti...
Physiology and Psychology of Hearing
The sense of hearing is essential for human communication. In this module we investigate the extraordinary capabilities and limitations of the human sense of hearing. Starting with the outer, middle and inner ear, we will investigate the anatomical and ph...
Practical Support For the Analysis of Studies Involving Human Subjects
This is a non-credit bearing module designed to provide practical support for Master's-level research projects within the School of Engineering that involves qualitative or quantitative analysis of studies with human participants. It consists of a set of ...
Rehabilitation of Auditory Disorders
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 th...
Learning and assessment
You will participate in:
- taster clinics
- research skill development
- investigation of healthcare innovations in the field
You’ll learn about key aspects of the discipline in lectures and tutorials. Including the structure and function of the human auditory system and the methods used for qualitative and quantitative research in health and social care.
A module of weekly Academic Support runs across both Semester 1 and 2 and is available to all international MSc and study abroad students. This module aims to help the transition to living and studying in the UK. In friendly and interactive sessions we explore cultural and language differences and challenges.
Find out more information by visiting English language support services web page.
We’ll assess you through a combination of:
- unseen written examinations
- practical exams
- individual and group projects
You’ll need to write a dissertation on your chosen topic.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
We offer an exciting programme of activities to help you explore your career options and develop your employability skills. The highlight of the year is a student-led audiology careers event, organised by audiology student ‘employability ambassadors’ with support from the employability lead for audiology and our dedicated careers practitioner. The event provides an opportunity to network with a wide variety of employers including NHS, private sector, charitable sector, recruitment agencies, cochlear implant and hearing aid companies.
Our audiology MSc graduates are highly desired by employers around the world. Graduates have gone on to a variety of roles, such as clinical audiologists, educators and researchers working for organisations including:
- Action for Deafness
- Advanced Bionics
- Amplifon UK
- MED-ED Medical Electrics
They’ve also transformed audiology, by:
- starting the first audiology service in Rwanda
- developing the national Chinese hearing test
- becoming head of a University department in Jordan
- managing a hearing screening programme in the UK
Applications from Canada or the USA
If you're applying from Canada please note that it is very difficult to achieve licensing in Canada as an audiologist with our MSc Audiology (with or without Clinical Placement). Check with the relevant registration body before applying.
If you're applying from the USA note that each state of the USA has a doctoral (AuD) training programme that graduates must complete to be licensed to work as an audiologist there. Our MSc Audiology (with or without Clinical Placement) might be accepted as an entry qualifications onto that programme. Check with the licensing body or provider of the Doctoral programme within the state.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
- our dedicated start-up incubator, Futureworlds
- a wide variety of enterprise events run throughout the year
- our partnership in the world’s number 1 business incubator, SETsquared
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- EU and international students pay £27,404.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and any exams.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees.
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional funding options may be available to help you pay for your master’s study. Both from the University and other organisations.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications from Canada:
It’s difficult to achieve licensing as an audiologist in Canada with either our MSc Audiology or our MSc Audiology with Clinical Placement. Please check with the relevant registration body before making an application to us.
Applications from the USA:
In the USA, each state has its own doctoral (AuD) training programme that graduates must complete to become licensed audiologists. Our MSc Audiology and our MSc Audiology with Clinical Placement may be acceptable as an entry qualification. We recommend checking with the licensing body or provider of the doctoral course within your chosen state before making an application to us.
Places are limited and we allocate them on a continuous basis from 21 September 2022, until all places are filled. We advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.
We expect to close applications for this course on Friday 7 July 2023 (11:59pm UK time).
This course may stay open after this date if places are still available.
Application assessment fee
We’ll ask you to pay a £50 application assessment fee if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught course.
This is an extra one-off charge which is separate to your tuition fees and is payable per application. It covers the work and time it takes us to assess your application. You’ll be prompted to pay when you submit your application which won’t progress until you've paid.
If you're a current or former University of Southampton student, or if you’re applying for certain scholarships, you will not need to pay the fee. PGCE applications through GOV.UK and Master of Research (MRes) degree applications are also exempt. Find out if you’re exempt on our terms and conditions page.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We'll assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We will aim to send you a decision 6-8 weeks after you have submitted your application.
If we offer you a place, you will need to accept the offer within 30 working days. If you do not meet this deadline, we will offer your place to another applicant.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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