About this course
Study our full-time 2 year audiology master’s with clinical placement and combine scientific learning with practical training. Our 3 year course offers a part-time clinical placement over 2 years.
Gain the skills to work in clinical audiology. UK applicants who complete the course are eligible to register with The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and to work in the NHS as an audiologist. Our graduates from this degree have become leaders in the field both in the UK and abroad.
If you’re new to audiology or are a qualified health professional who wants to take their career further, this master’s degree offers a great way to develop your skills. Through a mixture of theory and practical work – including clinical placements in the UK, Ireland and Jersey – you'll gain insight and expertise to specialise in the field of audiology.
All placement centres are approved and accredited by the University of Southampton and include a mixture of NHS and private clinics.
When you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for our stand-alone Hearing Aid Aptitude Test as a route towards registering as a Hearing Aid Dispenser. EU and international applicants should refer to the HCPC guidance for international applicants.
A number of the MSc modules are approved as part of the higher training scheme of the British Academy of Audiology. Visit the BAA Higher Training scheme modules for more information.
If you'd rather not carry out a clinical placement you can apply for our 1 year MSc Audiology degree.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's over 3 years - study the same course content full-time in year 1 and the clinical placement part-time over 2 years
- a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study for less time than a full master's and you won't need to write a dissertation
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Dr Steven Bell is Associate Professor in Audiology. His work focuses on measuring the brain’s response to sound. Dr Bell manages the Hearing and Balance Centre Clinic and is a council member of the International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group. He's also a member of the British Society of Audiology Special Interest Group in Electrophysiology. Visit Dr Bell's profile page to learn more about his work.
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“My online research found this was the best place in the UK to study audiology and also offered a 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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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
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.
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 an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
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, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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The first year of the MSc Audiology with Clinical Placement and the MSc Audiology 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 1 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.
In your second year you’ll participate in a clinical placement. This allows you to complete the Certificate of Clinical Competence.
This degree is also available to study over 3 years. Your first year is studied full-time, and your clinical placement is studied part-time over 2 years.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
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, including the structure and function of the human auditory system and the methods used for qualitative and quantitative research in health and social care.
You'll gain vital hands-on experience to prepare you for the real-life challenges you’ll face in your career.
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 2019). 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 vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
If you're a UK or EU applicant the placement fee for year 2 is £500. If you're an international applicant the placement fee for year 2 is the full tuition fee. Check our fees page for more information.
Extra costs you might have to pay
We encourage you to attend the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) conference. Costs may include registration, travel and accommodation. The conference registration is usually between £85 to £135.
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 and EU 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.
Audiology clinical placement
If you’re a UK or EU resident, we offer placement scholarships in support of the UK audiology workforce. They consist of a fee reduction for the second year of the course; the placement year. They can’t be used for the first year of the course or be taken as cash.
The scholarship reduces your second year fee to £500. The number of scholarships available is limited by our placement capacity.
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
In the first instance please apply for the 1 year MSc Audiology degree. Indicate in your personal statement that you would like to be considered for the clinical placement degree.
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.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
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.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a degree transcript
- a degree certificate
- a reference
- an English language qualification
- a personal statement
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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