MSc/PGDip Advanced Audiology Studies

Year of entry: 2023

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/PGDip
Duration
MSc 1yr FT, 2yr PT; PGDip 9m FT, 18m PT
Entry requirements

We require a recognised professional audiology qualification and a relevant honours first degree (Upper Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying the applicant for entry.

Part-time students seconded from employment to undertake this course must have the written support of their employer to attend and to complete any necessary practice requirements.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
40 places
How to apply

Applicants must apply via our online application form .

See the application and selection section for further details of what we require in your application.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N
PGDip Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Prepare for advanced audiology roles in clinical management, clinical practice, teaching and research if you are already a practising audiologist.
  • Learn from internationally recognised experts at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD).
  • Study a combination of units specific to audiology and those shared with students from other health professions for inter-professional learning.
  • We offer individual units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development, as well as units providing specialist clinical training including paediatric audiology.
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Why study Advanced Audiology Studies at Manchester?

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £12,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £30,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £15,250
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £9,600
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £24,400

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international/EU applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4701
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/speech-hearing/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a recognised professional audiology qualification and a relevant honours first degree (Upper Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying the applicant for entry.

Part-time students seconded from employment to undertake this course must have the written support of their employer to attend and to complete any necessary practice requirements.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found on the GOV.UK website ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5, including 6.0 in the written section
  • TOEFL: 90, including 22 in the written section

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

You must be a qualified audiologist registered with the relevant professional body in your country of residence.

Other healthcare professionals from associated fields with an interest in this area are also eligible to apply.

Other entry requirements

A maximum of 30 credits from our Audiology short courses (CPD master's-level units) are accepted as accredited prior learning for entry onto this course.

This will then reduce the amount of credits required to complete the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Applicants must apply via our online application form .

See the application and selection section for further details of what we require in your application.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

You must include full information on your academic qualifications in the personal statement section of the online application form. We cannot make a decision without this.

In addition to the online application form, please provide copies of the following one current academic and one professional reference on official headed paper, electronically where possible.

These may be scanned and then attached online or sent directly to the University. Please contact us for more information.

Interview requirements

Candidates may be invited to an informal interview, which may will take place online or over the telephone.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc Advanced Audiology Studies course is aimed at practising audiologists who want to prepare for advanced roles in clinical management, clinical practice, teaching and research.

The course consists of a mixture of audiology-specific units and those shared with health professionals from a range of other disciplines, enabling you to tailor the course to your own interests.

You will learn from internationally recognised experts at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD).

You may choose to complete 60 credits for a PGCert (exit award) or 120 credits for a PGDip. If your application onto the programme is successful, it is important you contact the programme team as soon as possible to discuss the units you wish to study, so an individualised timetable can be arranged.

On successful completion of 120 credits, progression to the full MSc qualification allows you to explore, in depth, a specific aspect of audiology practice, policy, research or education in a 60-credit, 12,000 to 15,000-word dissertation.

Aims

Our course aims to:

  • enable you to critically evaluate and apply aspects of contemporary audiology and healthcare practice, policy, research and education;
  • foster positive values and attitudes that recognise and respect individual and cultural diversities and challenge discriminatory practice;
  • equip you with in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to critically evaluate research and the evidence base for audiology practice that promotes optimal health and involves service users and carers in the delivery of care;
  • develop your abilities and skills in critical reflective practice, problem solving and creative ethical decision-making;
  • contribute to innovation, change and quality improvement in audiology and healthcare practice at both individual and organisational levels by equipping you with a systematic and critical understanding of relevant knowledge, theoretical frameworks and advanced skills;
  • enhance your career development and lifelong learning to support safe practice and the maintenance and enhancement of appropriate standards of audiology practice.

Additional aims for the MSc are to enable you, through the systematic, in-depth, exploration of a specific area of audiology practice, policy, research or education to extend your knowledge, understanding and ability to contribute to the advancement of audiology knowledge and practice at an individual and/or organisational level.

Special features

Inter-professional learning

The course includes units in which students from a range of healthcare professions study core concepts and subjects together.

Wide range of units

You can choose from a variety of units to customise the course to suit your own interests.

Expert teaching

This course is led by members of the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), an internationally recognised multi-million pound hearing research programme.

Teaching and learning

Many of the staff involved with the course are actively involved in either scientific or pedagogical research.

Where possible, members of staff teach course units related to their research interests and are in a position to keep their teaching informed and up-to-date.

A large number of the teaching staff are also clinically trained audiologists, hearing therapists or hearing scientists.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, small group work, student-led seminars, problem-based learning and online learning.

You will also be required to undertake independent study to further develop and consolidate your learning.

Where appropriate, and with individual arrangements, some audiology units may include participation in practical skills laboratories.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed using a variety of methods within individual units and across the course as a whole.

All assessments require you to integrate knowledge and understanding, and apply this to your own practice relevant to the outcomes of each unit.

Assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • case studies
  • assessed seminar presentations
  • literature reviews
  • written examinations
  • multiple choice exam questions

The full MSc qualification requires an extended written piece of work (12,000-15,000 words) that focuses on a specific aspect of audiology practice, policy or research in the form of an extended literature-based review.

A substantial and mandatory component of the MSc involves the design and completion of a high-quality research project. The research project component represents 33% of the MSc (600 hours or four months' full-time study).

The project is completed under supervision in an area related to audiology. The research project is an opportunity for you to consolidate much of your previous learning and to pursue a specialist area of interest.

Course unit details

Taught units can be studied in any order except where there are specific pre-requisites.

Not all optional units may run each year and will be subject to minimum numbers. You will meet with your course director to plan out a pathway that meets your needs.

Part-time students on the PGDip or MSc course will need to complete 60 credits per year as required for the award. Attendance at the university will vary depending on which units you choose to take. Some units are delivered online, some face-to-face over a number of days, and others are delivered via traditional lectures on a weekly basis. Please note this is NOT an online course and attendance at the university will be required.

An exit award of PGCert is available to students exiting after completing 60 credits. This must include at least 15 credits of audiology-specific units from those available.

A maximum of 30 credits of individual course units can also be studied on a standalone basis.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods and Statistics HCDI60170 15 Mandatory
Dissertation HCDI61610 60 Mandatory
Vestibular Assessment and Management HCDI60022 15 Optional
Auditory Science HCDI60041 15 Optional
Paediatric Audiology HCDI60052 15 Optional
Language Acquisition HCDI60240 15 Optional
Developing Deaf Child HCDI60260 15 Optional
Effective Amplification for infants and children HCDI60320 30 Optional
Advanced Skills In Aural Rehabilitation HCDI63350 15 Optional
Adult Auditory Rehabilitation and Management HCDI64250 30 Optional
Adult Auditory Assessment HCDI69411 15 Optional
Dementia: A Person Centred Approach NURS63570 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

What our students say

Studying this MSc part-time alongside clinical practice has been a unique experience. The course was flexible and I was able to tailor my units to suit my career options as a paediatric audiologist.

The course gave scope to branch into deaf education. Combined with my audiology background, I feel I have broadened my scope as a paediatric practitioner.

Aminoor Rahman

I was given the flexibility to individualise the course by selecting units from the audiology, deaf education and the STP courses based on my needs and interests.

Wen-Hui Hsieh

Read more about Wen-Hui Hsieh's experience at Manchester in her blog: Advanced Audiology at Manchester: An international student's perspective (Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog).

Facilities

You will use high quality laboratory equipment and facilities for learning practical skills. You will have access to these facilities outside of timetabled sessions to facilitate individual practice, with some limitation on procedures that carry certain risks eg aural impression taking.

You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer individual units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development, as well as units providing specialist clinical training .

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course will prepare you to enter roles in clinical management and practice in audiology, as well as teaching and research.

At Manchester, we conduct a range of research including developing testing techniques to check that babies between the age of three and seven months are able to hear a range of speech sounds when wearing hearing aids. We travel around Britain in our specially adapted hearing van to perform testing close to families' homes.

Find out more about this research: Minute Lecture: how to test a baby's hearing (YouTube).