Thinking of doing any Audiology Course?

In the UK, there are three possible ways of becoming an audiology specialist. These include completing a BSc degree course in audiology, completing an MSc course in audiology and completing a postgraduate diploma in audiology.

BSc courses

In the UK, there are a number of universities that offer BSc courses in audiology; these include:

  • University of Leeds
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Manchester
  • University College London
  • University of Wales, Swansea
  • University of Southampton
  • Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh

Most BSc courses last for four years; this usually involves two years of academic study at university, a year’s clinical placement and then a final year at university. Students are usually required to pass a series of assessments and examinations to progress through the years and must pass final examinations in order to complete the BSc course. The third year is usually spent on placement in a clinical setting. This allows students to learn on the job and hone their clinical and professional skills.

All applicants for BSc audiology courses must apply via the UCAS system. Universities have different entry requirements but most expect candidates to have good GCSE and A level results and most require at least one science-based subject at A level.

MSc courses

The MSc courses are aimed at people who have completed a degree programme in another subject but wish to pursue a career in audiology. Most people who apply for an MSc course already hold a degree in a related field, such as medicine or science. MSc courses are currently available at the following institutions in the UK:

  • University of Manchester
  • University of Southampton
  • University College London

Most universities require a minimum achievement at degree level, usually a 2:1 in a related subject but some other candidates may be considered; it is best to contact the individual institution for details about entry requirements. Most MSc courses last for 1 year if you study full-time or 2-3 years if you study part-time.

Postgraduate diploma courses

The postgraduate diploma in audiology is a course which offers professional training, as well as theoretical study. Diploma courses are usually shorter than MSc courses but you can study part-time, which may mean that the course lasts longer. Entry requirements differ according to the institution you choose, so you should contact the institution to find out about the entry requirements for each particular course.