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MSc Audiology at The University of Manchester
MSc Audiology

Explore the theoretical, practical and clinical basis of the science of audiology through our course.

MSc Audiology / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Clinical Applications of Auditory Science

Unit code HCDI62100
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing
Available as a free choice unit? No


This 30-credit unit focuses on pathologies and assessment techniques within the specialism of Audiology. 

Students will also gain an appreciation of how imaging is used to identify pathologies and the different patient pathways for patients referred into audiology. 

The unit will utilise different teaching methodologies, with some topics being taught on campus via lectures, practical classes and tutorials, while others will be delivered via Blackboard.



The unit aims to provide students with the knowledge that underpins the clinical placement in Audiology.


Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Directed and related reading
  • Self-directed study
  • Practical classes
  • Tutorials.


Knowledge and understanding

Audiology theme:

  • Explain the range and function of the different recording components of audiology equipment, various electrode derivations and the requirements for the internal and external calibration of auditory devices.
  • Critically evaluate the type of patient recordings, stimulus and recording parameters used in the recording of auditory evoked potentials.
  • Critically evaluate the fundamental principles of the psychophysical assessment of auditory pathologies.       
  • Describe the range and basic function of routine audiological equipment and critically evaluate their use in the everyday assessment of hearing, tinnitus and balance in patients.
  • Explore the framework underpinning aural rehabilitation of adults with acquired hearing impairment.
  • Evaluate investigations and treatment of routine otological and audiological disorders.
  • Discuss the prevalence and incidence of hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • Understand basic mathematics and physics relevant to introductory acoustics and the use of appropriate units.

Clinical Assessment and Investigation:

  • Describe how different auditory, visual, central and peripheral neurological and other related specialist assessments and investigations can contribute to a holistic patient approach in the diagnosis, management, prognosis and care.
  • Critically evaluate how different assessments and investigations are used by non-specialist neurosensory centres in the assessment of patients who have auditory, visual, central and peripheral neurological disorders e.g. healthcare for older people; neonatal care, (NICU) (SCBU), integrated care, critical care, primary care, independent sector.
  • Critically evaluate how different auditory, visual, central and peripheral neurological assessments and investigations can be combined in differential diagnosis of disease, or disability.
  • Conceptualise the effect of cognitive changes across the life span.
  • Critically evaluate the role of a multi-professional approach to the assessment and management of patients.
  • Critically evaluate the patient pathways.
  • Generalise the major contributors and risk factors.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically appraise scientific literature.
  • Critically analyse and objectively interpret information/data.

Practical skills

Based on lab-based exercises, students will be able to demonstrate skills in:

  • Otoscopy
  • Tuning fork tests
  • Pure tone audiometry
  • Acoustic immittance (Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflexes)
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Auditory evoked response measurements
  • Hearing aid testing
  • Ear impression
  • Presenting information clearly in the form of verbal and written reports.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate complex ideas and arguments in a clear and concise and effective manner.
  • Work effectively as an individual or part of a team.
  • Use conventional and electronic resources to collect, select and organise complex scientific information
  • Effectively utilise a range of information sources including information technology / health informatics.
  • Demonstrate capacity for self-learning and independent thinking and to utilise problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Be able to set priorities and link these with effective time management.
  • Critically evaluate their personal performance both as an individual and within a team.
  • Demonstrate skills in working collegiately and effectively with others as a member of a team.

Assessment methods

  • 3 hour exam - 100%.

Recommended reading

Essential reading:

  • British Society of Audiology (BSA). Recommended procedures.
  • Katz J (Ed). (2009). Handbook of Clinical Audiology. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Galfand, S (2009) Essentials of Audiology (3rd Ed), Thieme Medical Publishers, New York.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 80
Independent study hours
Independent study 220

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kai Uus Unit coordinator

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