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Lauren Archer MSc Audiology

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Hi, I'm Lauren Archer and I studied MSc Audiology within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

I really enjoyed my time undertaking the MSc as it covered many interesting areas and included various styles of teaching such as individual work, group work, lectures, and practicals which culminated in a unique research project.

The thought of undertaking a career in audiology occurred to me during a module on hearing and deafness as part of my BSc Physiology degree. Following this, I gained some experience of an Audiology department in a two week placement at my local hospital. I enjoyed the patient contact partnered with the scientific theory of audiology.

I conducted research into the MSc Audiology programmes available and decided to apply to the University of Southampton. This was due to the department's reputation for teaching and research and its close links with the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (now the Auditory Implant Service). I really enjoyed my time undertaking the MSc as it covered many interesting areas and included various styles of teaching such as individual work, group work, lectures, and practicals which culminated in a unique research project. My project was concerning the use of sound to create a picture of the surroundings (echolocation). This is used by some blind people for navigation. The scope of my project enabled me to learn more about sight, acoustics and auditory processing. In addition to the content of the course, all the staff were really supportive and the lecturers encouraged free thought and questions.

Since finishing the MSc, I have started a placement at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. I am enjoying the variety of work and the chance to put into practice the solid foundation of theory learnt during the course.

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