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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 and international applicants. UK applicants who complete the two-year MSc course are eligible to register with RCCP and to work in the NHS as an audiologist. EU and international applicants should refer to the RCCP guidance for international applications.

Please note that graduates from the one-year MSc Audiology are unable to register to work in the UK without relevant clinical experience. The level of experience required to apply for clinical registration is determined by the registration bodies.

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Introducing your degree

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 placements in the UK, Ireland and Jersey. All placement centres are approved and accredited by the University of Southampton and include a mixture of NHS and private clinics.  

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.

Overview

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. The unpaid placement is a minimum of 40 weeks and a maximum of 52 weeks in duration. Applicants are all asked to apply for the one-year MSc Audiology course and are then allocated to their placements prior to commencing the first year of study. Placements are allocated on a first come first served basis and are in approved audiology services in the UK, Ireland and Jersey. UK applicants who complete the two-year MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) are eligible to register with RCCP and to work in the NHS as an audiologist. EU and international applicants should refer to the registration body’s guidance for international applicants. All graduates from the two-year MSc are eligible to apply for our stand-alone course as a route towards registering as a Hearing Aid Dispenser. EU and international applicants should refer to the HCPC guidance for international applicants.

For UK and EU applicants the Placement fee in Year 2 is £4500. For International applicants the Placement fee in Year 2 is the full tuition fee (see ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further information).

Applications from Canada or USA

If you are applying from Canada please note that is very difficult to achieve licensing in Canada as an audiologist with our MSc Audiology (with or without Clinical Placement), and you should check with the relevant registration body before applying.

If you are applying from the USA you should be aware 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 – please check with the licensing body or provider of the Doctoral programme within the state.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, visit 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.

Accreditation

The MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) course is accredited by the Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). UK applicants who complete the two-year MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) are eligible to register with RCCP and to work in the NHS as an audiologist. EU and international applicants should refer to the registration body’s guidance for international applicants. All graduates from the two-year MSc are eligible to apply for our stand-alone course 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 have been approved as part of the higher training scheme of the British Academy of Audiology, visit the BAA Higher Training scheme modules for more information.

Key Facts

  • 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.
Kaitesi Batamuliza Mukara was Rwanda's only qualified audiologist when she graduated in 2011
Helping people hear in Rwanda
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“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. ”

Lauren Archer - MSc Audiology

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Honours Degree

At least an upper-second class Bachelor’s honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, is required, and from an appropriate institution in a physical, biological, life or behavioural science or an engineering subject. Performance corresponding to at least upper-second class level in the final year dissertation or research project may also be required.

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 two years of relevant and appropriate work experience and training.

Non-academic criteria

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
Equivalent Qualifications

An equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University is 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. 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.

Selection process

Intake: 30 students per year

All Applicants will be asked to complete two short assignments. Applicants with alternative backgrounds may be invited to interview. All applicants who are made an offer are welcome to visit the department for a tour and chat with our staff and students.

All UK and EU students wishing to undertake the two-year MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) course will be invited to attend an MSc Placement Visit Day, after they have been made an offer. During this day you will have a tour of our department and facilities, a placement Q&A session, take part in a group selection task and have an interview with one of our placement providers. The task is a group activity in which the applicants will discuss a professional or healthcare issue that is presented on the day. Applicants will be shown the assessment criteria beforehand. Applicants will be assessed on their professionalism, understanding of putting patients and families first, personal values and team working skills. Applicants must prove during the selection task they have the interpersonal and communication skills required to enter a healthcare profession. A basic understanding of the important attributes and general requirements of a healthcare professional must also be demonstrated during the selection task. Applicants are scored by at least two members of the Admissions Team and may be not receive an offer to transfer to MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) if they do not achieve at least ‘satisfactory’ in all dimensions.

International students wishing to undertake the  two-year MSc Audiology (with clinical placement) course are required to submit a 200 word statement detailing why they should be accepted onto a placement, including information about how the placement experience will be beneficial to their home country and them as individuals. International applicants will also be required to undergo an interview with one of our placement providers.

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

 

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

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.

Year 1

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.

Semester One

For all students, the following four “foundation sciences” modules must be completed during semester 1.

Compulsory
Applied Research Methods
Clinical Audiology 1
Physiology and Psychology of Hearing
Rehabilitation of Auditory Disorders
Semester Two

During semester 2, additional 7.5 ECTS “advanced” modules comprise the remainder of the MSc programme. You must complete at least four, with 'Applied research methods' as mandatory.

Compulsory
Applied Research Methods
Assessment and Management of Vestibular Disorders
Clinical Audiology 2
Fundamentals of Auditory Implants
Paediatric Audiology

Year 2

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. 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) prior to Year 1 commencing. Placements are in approved audiology services in the UK, Ireland and Jersey.

AUDI6013 Clinical Placement

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).

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

Please note, for UK and EU applicants the placement fee in Year 2 is £4500. For International applicants the placement fee in Year 2 is the full tuition fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. 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.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

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:

TypeDescription
EquipmentCandidates 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentDesign 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.
ClothingField 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 copyingIn 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.
Conference expenses 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.
OtherProfessional membership: Current costs are £5 for membership of the BSA and £26 membership of the BAA.
OtherOptional 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.

All applicants must complete mandatory criminal record and health checks before the start of the course, which may incur a non-refundable fee (e.g. DBS criminal record check or Overseas equivalent, vaccinations undertaken before the start of the course).

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are highly desired by employers around the world. Graduates have gone onto a variety of roles, such as clinical 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.

Applications from Canada or U.S.A.

If you are applying from Canada please note that is very difficult to achieving licensing in Canada as an audiologist with our MSc Audiology (with or without Clinical Placement) and you should check with the relevant registration body before applying.

If you are applying from the U.S.A. you should be aware 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 – please check with the licensing body or provider of the Doctoral programme within the state

Learning & Assessment

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