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Programme structure

The MSc Audiology aims to develop the future leaders of audiology by inspiring, challenging, encouraging and supporting you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be distinctive and successful. The MSc is available for full-time and part-time study.

We offer two pathways:

General pathway. This is suitable for those wishing to enter audiology for the first time, providing the academic training necessary for clinical registration. When combined with our clinical placement, it leads to clinical registration in the UK as an Audiologist. It is also suitable for audiologists or related professionals who want to develop their careers, including to Clinical Scientist registration, and for researchers who want to specialise in audiology.
Cochlear implant pathway. This is suitable for those wishing to develop their clinical, engineering or research careers in cochlear implantation and the management of severe-profound hearing loss. It is suitable for those with and without a background in audiology though is not usually advisable for those wishing to obtain clinical registration in the UK.

To Apply

You apply through the University of Southampton’s online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see How to Apply . The deadline for new applications to this course is the 31st July each year.

The programme is available on a full- and part-time basis. We also run several of the individual modules separately; contact us for more information.


The general pathway of the MSc Audiology is accredited by the British Academy of Audiology for two pre-registration routes: (1) when combined with a 7-9 month clinical placement, leading to registration with the Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists as an Audiologist; (2) when combined with a longer placement and training through their Higher Training Scheme, leading to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist.

Programme Structure

An important, distinctive feature of our MSc both full- or part-time is the development of your knowledge and hands-on practicals skills in parallel throughout the programme, right from day one.

Full-time study

Full-time study is available for those wishing to enter audiology for the first time (pre-registration) and those wishing to develop their careers (post-registration). Both general and cochlear implant specialist pathways are available, although the latter is not advisable for UK-related pre-registration training.

Full-time, the MSc is taken across one year (full 12 months), commencing in October. The programme consists of two components: a ‘taught’ component (October to June) and a research component (June to September). Semester 1 of the taught component (October to January) works like a typical academic programme with several modules running in parallel. These include clinical practicum, lectures, seminars, case presentations and tutorials. Semester 2 of the taught component (February to June) consists of four three-week intensive blocks, which have a strong emphasis on developing independent learning, team working and leadership skills as well as deepening your knowledge of specialist aspects of audiology. Throughout Semester 2, you will also attend taster clinics and work on your research project. During the research component over the summer, you will focus on your research project and writing your thesis, the latter you submit at the end of September.

Cochlear implant pathway

Semester 1 (October to January) is identical for both pathways and you do not need to choose your pathway until towards the end of the semester. You then follow your pathway during Semester 2 (February to June). The cochlear implant pathway includes a specific cochlear implant module, cochlear implant themes within other modules, observations within our in-house cochlear implant centre, some specific cochlear implant practical work and a cochlear-implant-related research project.

Clinical placement

The MSc Audiology can be combined with a 7-9 month clinical placement to enable registration with the Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists as an Audiologist. This focuses on ensuring the student is competent in a range of adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation services and is able to assist with specialist areas (such as paediatric assessment). While we cannot guarantee a clinical placement in advance, we have been able to arrange a placement for most students who have wanted one (5-6 per year). Using a national training scheme, we oversee the placement and carry-out the assessments of clinical competence of adult assessment and rehabilitation. Placements can only take place at existing placement centres, which will have been quality assessed, are highly experienced and have legal arrangements in place. Currently, the clinical placement is only available to UK students.

Exit points

The taught component of the MSc programme is assessed independently of the research project component. Progression to the research project depends on successful completion of the taught component. The MSc award depends on passing the examinations and on successful completion of a dissertation on the project. The possible exit points are:

PG Certificate (60 Credit Points)
PG Diploma (120 Credit Points)
MSc (180 Credit Points)

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you
Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you