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B611 MSci Audiology (4 years)

Our MSci Audiology is a four year integrated masters in audiology and builds on the BSc programme.  Studying audiology at Southampton you’ll be given the opportunity to enhance your scientific and leadership skills during an additional year of study. Our audiology masters degree is carefully structured to give you comprehensive clinical training while developing essential academic, professional and employability skills and preparing you to become an audiologist.

Introducing your degree

Our integrated masters in audiology at Southampton will provide you with excellent career progression opportunities in both clinical and research environments. Hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems are major public health issues and have a profound impact on individuals’ quality of life. You’ll receive comprehensive audiology clinical training in supporting patients with these conditions. And during your fourth year of study you’ll undertake in-depth experimental research in a field of audiology that interests you.

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In addition to Southampton’s excellent reputation as a world-leading centre for audiology and research, I found the atmosphere on campus to be very welcoming and friendly.

Overview

During the first three years of this course you’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge of audiology and the clinical and professional skills needed to become an audiology healthcare professional.

Throughout the course you’ll attend practical sessions in our dedicated skills laboratory, consolidating your skills during a single 27-week placement at the end of year two and beginning of year three. You’ll be able to choose optional modules in year two and explore an aspect of clinical practice that interests you for your individual project in year three.

During your fourth year you’ll advance your knowledge through optional modules, and undertake in-depth experimental research in a field of audiology that interests you. The MSci Audiology is excellent preparation for career progression in NHS and independent sectors, PhD-level study, and depending on which modules you choose, will help you build towards Clinical Scientist registration through the British Academy of Audiology’s Higher Training Scheme.

Accreditation

Pending accreditation by the:

  • National School of Healthcare Science
  • Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists
  • British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Information regarding the accreditation outcome will be available to those wanting to start the programme in 2019 well in advance of the UCAS deadline for university choices.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Year one immerses you in the biological, psychological, social and technical elements of audiology, alongside clinical and professional skills. On successful completion of year one you’ll be able to register as a Hearing Care Assistant, allowing you to apply for paid audiology assistant jobs. You could choose to complete your training at this stage, or continue towards the full BSc or MSci qualification.

Year 2

You’ll develop your scientific, clinical and professional skills further, including clinical decision making and patient-centred communication skills. You can also broaden your knowledge by selecting two optional modules in relevant topics from across the University.

Year3

You’ll study specialist areas of audiology and finalise your clinical training. Your individual project will have a clinical focus, such as involving undertaking a clinical audit. You will plan the project and collect information while you are on placement, during this time you will be supported remotely by your University-based project supervisor.

Year 4

The MSci Audiology involves a fourth year of study, during which you can extend your specialist knowledge at Masters level and conduct an in-depth research project.

 

Key Facts

  • Develop your clinical skills in our unique facilities – we are the only UK university with in-house audiology and auditory implant clinics.
  • Opportunity to earn while you learn – On completion of year one you can apply to register as a Hearing Care Assistant* enabling you to seek paid assistant audiology roles during the remainder of your degree.
  • Switch to part-time for the third year allowing you to spread out your placement over a longer period of time while earning alongside it.
  • Train as an Audiology Healthcare professional, becoming eligible to register as an Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser.*
  • Learn from practising clinicians in the NHS and independent sector and researchers at the cutting edge of audiology.
  • Benefit from our 45 years of experience in delivering audiology education in a research environment.

 *accreditation pending

Audiology Placements

Find out more about the experiences of one of our students on placement.

Find out about placements

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSE5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 4-9 including Maths and English Language (or IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components)
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB including a minimum grade B in a science-related subject (mathematics and psychology are accepted). Pass in the associated science practical assessment where applicable.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level including a minimum of 5 in a higher level science.
Other

Other qualifications may also be considered.

Please contact audiology@southampton.ac.uk  or 023 8059 4651 to find out more.

Mature applicants should contact the above email before applying.

Selection process:

To enrol on this course, you must:

  • Meet our entry criteria
  • Have undertaken some recent formal academic study

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

Application proces

  1. You must submit your application through UCAS.
  2. All applications are reviewed by our admissions team who will check that you already meet - or are on target to meet - our academic entry criteria for this course.
  3. All relevant applications are then passed to the programme admissions tutor, who will review your personal statement and reference and assess this against fixed criteria.
  4. The admissions tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application.
  5. Successful applicants will be invited to an audiology selection day.

What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?

The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you:

  • Have a clear and strong motivation to study audiology
  • Offer a caring and compassionate approach
  • Have personal values and attitudes that align with those of a health care professional
  • Have realistic insight into the role of an audiologist

Why do you want to be an Audiologist?

Tell us how your attitudes, values and character makes audiology appropriate for you.

What do you understand about the role?

  • To strengthen your application you should demonstrate a clear insight into the audiology profession and scope of the role.
  • This can be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you have undertaken.
  • Your work experience may not have been specifically in audiology. However, it is important that you reflect on relevant lessons learned.

Discuss your relevant academic preparation

What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this degree?

Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework you may have undertaken.

Personal interests

Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your role as an audiologist.

What happens if my application is shortlisted?

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to an audiology selection day.  Your invitation will arrive via email, together with information about how to prepare for the selection day and what to expect.

Key points - audiology selection day

  • This will last approximately 5 hours.
  • It will include a group selection task.
  • A departmental tour will be included.
  • You will have the opportunity to talk to admissions tutors and current students to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton.

Key points - group selection task

  • You will join other applicants in small groups to discuss a relevant audiological topic.
  • Two assessors will monitor this discussion and you will be assessed on your contribution and your interaction with other members of the group.
  • It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and interesting to hear your views and opinions as you discuss topics with other group members.

Understanding your offer

Conditional Offer

  • If you receive an offer of a place to study audiology, this will be a “Conditional” offer
  • This means that to secure your place you will need to meet our requirements eg: attaining relevant academic grades/qualifications
  • Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.

All offers are made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.

You will be able to enrol on our audiology course once all conditions have been met and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.

Modules

Typical course content

Year 1 will provide you with an immersive introduction to audiology, the biopsychosocial and technical foundations of audiology and the broader scientific, technical, healthcare and professional context.

Year 1

Compulsory

Clinical and Professional Practice in Audiology I

Audiology Clinical Placement I

An Introduction to Professional Practice

Biopsychosocial Basis of Audiology

Introduction to Hearing Science and Technology

Year 2

Year 2 will extend your clinical, scientific and professional development in audiology as well as broadening your perspectives beyond audiology with two optional modules. You will select your optional modules during Semester 2 of Year 1.

Compulsory

Clinical and Professional Practice in Audiology II

Audiology Clinical Placement II

Facilitating Effective Auditory Rehabilitation I & II

Optional

Two optional modules in relevant topics from across the University

Year 3

Year 3 consists of main clinical placement (Semester 1, continuing from the summer of Year 2), your individual project (across both semesters) and audiology-focused modules. You can choose to study paediatrics at either BSc Level 6 or MSc (Level 7)

Compulsory

Clinical and Professional Practice in Audiology III

Audiology Clinical Placement III

Individual Project

Introduction to Paediatric Audiology (Level 6) or Paediatric Audiology (Level 7)

Year 4

Year 4 includes a compulsory research methods module and a compulsory research project. The latter involves undertaking a scientific study, for example involving an experiment, and producing a dissertation. The rest of Year 4 comprises of optional Masters level modules in audiology or beyond. You can transfer to the MSci to undertake Year 4 even if you originally applied for the BSc.

Compulsory

Applied Research Methods

Research Project

Optional

Related optional modules from audiology or from across the University. Example topics include:

  • the assessment and management of vestibular disorders; the physiology and psychology of hearing;
  • fundamentals of auditory implants;
  • health management;
  • statistics

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

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries 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.

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical audiologist in traditional NHS hospital
  • Clinical audiologist in range of non-traditional NHS service providers
  • Clinical audiologist in independent health care provider
  • Hearing Aid Dispenser within an existing company or set up your own business. You must register with the Health & Care Professions Council in order to work as a Hearing Aid Dispenser.[RD1] 
  • Research Assistant or Research Student (PhD)
  • Scientific advisor to charity
  • Equipment developer, manufacturer or supplier, in terms of sales, training or development
  • Paid or voluntary work for overseas charities to develop and support services
  • Educator, e.g. within a university or other education provider
  •  Teacher, via a PGCE
  • Alternative healthcare professional via post-graduate entry routes into professions such as medicine, dentistry, medical physics and public health
  •  Variety of other science, healthcare and professional careers

Learning & Assessment

A balanced range of learning activities are used and include scheduled sessions (e.g. practicals, academic lectures, seminars, tutorials), both individual and collaborative independent work (e.g. assignments, quizzes, presentations, project, reflective accounts, practice sessions, workbooks, case studies and inter-professional learning) and placements.

Teaching is carried out primarily at the University of Southampton with additional clinical placements at collaborating NHS and independent audiology services for the clinical pathway.

Your learning and progress is supported with verbal and written peer and lecturer feedback, which precedes every marked assessment.

We intend for you to learn a wide range of skills and behaviours, we therefore use a wide range of assessment methods, including assignments, team presentations, reflective accounts, practical assessments, traditional exams, case studies, team reports, portfolios and a dissertation.

We assess your clinical skills over all three years, starting with isolated aspects of audiology practice with volunteers in our in-house skills lab in Year 1 and building to the management of entire appointments with service users in an audiology service in Year 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pathways

Pathways

You will start on the clinical pathway. If you decide that you do not wish to pursue, or if you are unsuccessful, with the clinical placements, you have the option of transferring to the non-clinical pathway. That will allow you to study towards a BSc or MSci in Hearing Science. Note that this will not allow you to register as an audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser. However, you can still register as a Hearing Care Assistant* if you have passed Year 1

 

*accreditation pending

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