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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a questions then you may be able to find the answer in our list of frequently asked questions below.

If you cannot find the answer to your question please contact us.

Do I have to choose to do the MSci when I apply? What if I change my mind later?

You can transfer once from one programme to the other when you are here, so you don’t need to have decided when you apply. 

I’m an international student interested in studying audiology at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Why should I study at Southampton?

We have extensive experience in welcoming international students onto our audiology family here at Southampton, from China to Chile, Saudi to South Africa, Jamaica to Jordan, India to Ireland and Austria to Australia.

We can take up to five outstanding applicants onto the undergraduate MSci Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme and usually have approximately 15 international students on the postgraduate MSc Audiology programme. The ISVR has over 60 PhD students, most of which are international students. The University of Southampton generally has over 3000 international students.

Many come because our reputation for providing world-class research-led learning in audiology, based within a research institute. The aim of this is to inspire you to become the next generation of leading, innovative and groud-breaking audiologists, whether it be a clinical or research role. We challenge and help you to become an independent, critical thinker, able to evaluate research evidence, identify important uncertainties in research evidence, appreciate the impact for clinical practice and develop your own research ideas.

Others come because of our world-class facilities, supportive learning environment, dynamic student environment and cosmopolitan campus and city. Southampton is the perfect base for exploring the UK and Europe, having its own airport and being just over one hour away from central London. There's more! 

How do I apply? For the undergraduate-entry MSci and BSc…

For the BSc, you must apply through UCAS.

Applications for the MSc in Audiology must be made online.

For all other programmes, you must apply directly to the relevant University Faculty.

Can I visit the ISVR?

Potential applicants are welcome to visit ISVR on one of our open days. We also arrange information sessions for audiology throughout the year, so contact us for more information; we'd love to meet you!

I don't meet the standard academic entry requirements for the MSci/BSc. What can I do?

There are many reasons why a person doesn't meet the academic entry requirements but has the right skills, motivations and experiences for audiology. The most common two reasons are having a limited background in science or having been out of studying for many years. There are a number of ways of building one's science background and brushing up one's study skills. Here are a few:

Science Foundation Year (SFY) in science at the University of Southampton. This is a one-year course that covers various areas of fundamental science as preparation to a range of BSc degrees. If you wanted to do this as preparation for audiology, you should apply to the standard SFY indicating this clearly. Your application will then be processed by both SFY and BSc Audiology teams. If you are then made an offer for the SFY, you will be automatically transferred into year one of the BSc Audiology on successful completion of the SFY. Contact the SFY co-ordinator for more information.

A Levels at a local college. Some colleges allow you to do one or two A Levels in one year. We recommend a combination of a science A Level (such as Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths) with AS Level Critical Thinking. Studying only at AS Level is not sufficient because you will miss out of the depth of study that comes with the component after AS Level.

Open University modules. There are a variety of options here. As a guide, we have accepted the 60-credit Exploring Science course (at BSc Year 1 level) with a result at least at 2.1 standard.

I already have a BSc Audiology. What are you looking for from me since I graduated?

We have had many audiologists from the UK and around the world complete the MSc. They all found it a challenge. One recent student with a First-Class BSc Audiology said "the MSc Audiology at Southampton made my brain ache!" It provides an excellent opportunity to build on what you already know and go deeper into issues as well as extend your scientific thinking, operating and communication skills.

It is clear that to benefit from the challenge the MSc presents, you will need to have a burning desire to find out more about, and go deeper into, audiology and to learn to become a more scientific audiologist. At least as important as feeling and expressing this desire is to be able to provide concrete evidence for it. Concrete evidence can include examples where you have taken the initiative to undertake a project or do additional study/learning, or perhaps have gone over and above what is expected to develop or audit services in a scientific way. It is also important to be able to demonstrate that you attempt to get under the surface of issues of interest to you, i.e. to try to get a deep understanding and perhaps even identify important gaps in our collective knowledge. As part of this, it is important to be able to demonstrate that you are trying to adopt a critical approach to your practice and ideas, with some success.
Of course, we are not expecting you to *have* that deep understanding or to be *able* to take a thoroughly robust critical approach. But it is important that you can show that your learning has been extended significantly since the BSc Audiology and that you have the determination, tenacity and desire to learn, perhaps despite challenging conditions at work.

Open University modules

There are a variety of options here. As a guide, we have accepted the 60-credit Exploring Science course (at BSc Year 1 level) and the 30-credit Signals & Perception module (at BSc level 3) with a result at least at 2.1 standard.

Am I too old to embark on a career in audiology?

We welcome applications from adults of all ages. Life skills and interpersonal skills are extremely important in audiology. Applicants concerned about whether their recent academic attainments meet the entry requirements for our programmes should contact us for advice.

Do I need a criminal records check?

Applicants for the BSc and MSc Audiology programmes are required to declare any criminal convictions, even if spent. Further, a condition of all offers is a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure criminal records check, which we will conduct.

Do I need a health check?

Applicants for BSc and MSc Audiology programmes must also complete an occupational health (OH) questionnaire once accepting an offer of a place. A further telephone call with or visit to our OH department may also be required. Immunisations may be required on starting the course; this is to protect you during your clinical placements.

What if I have a disability or health problem?

The University of Southampton welcomes applications from students with disabilities.

The Institute of Sound & Vibration Research has a special responsibility to ensure that all students can fulfil the demands of professional fitness to practise and are eligible for registration. Applicants with disabilities should seek advice from us.

How can I find out more about audiology?

We ask that all applicants for taught courses visit a local audiology department, even if briefly. In addition, we run taster sessions in audiology at various outreach activities.

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