Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/ MSc Audiology (Pre-Registration)



IMPORTANT: The PgDip/ MSc Audiology (Pre-Registration) programme is no longer available for entry in 2019. At this point we are not able to confirm when the programme will be open for applications. Please check this website for further updates.
Please note the information on this page is from our 2018 course page.

This course provides a fast-track route to an audiology qualification for individuals who hold a degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline (linguistics, psychology, physics, behavioural science, biomedical science, speech and language therapy or some combination of these).

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.


  • This course includes 34 weeks of structured placements throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.
  • It draws on scientific principles to inform clinical practice.
  • Practical skills are taught on campus and students have access to a wide range of equipment.

Course overview

Audiologists work with patients to identify and assess hearing and/or balance disorders, recommending and providing appropriate rehabilitation and management. An audiologist will assist in the promotion of normal communication as well as the prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the following: hearing and/or balance disorders that arise in the peripheral and/or central auditory and/or vestibular systems; functional hearing disorders; and central auditory processing disorders.

An audiologist should also be able to identify developmental or acquired disorders of speech, language and language processing caused by a hearing loss, and make referrals to an appropriate professional.

The course is organised in three broad strands. You will study supporting subjects such as linguistics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, neurology and research methods. You will learn theoretical audiology knowledge relating to hearing and balance, and you will carry out an element of professional practice through placement-based and university-based learning of practical clinical skills, clinical decision-making, reflection and professional issues. Knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the theoretical modules are integrated and applied to clinical practice throughout the course.

Exit awards

PgDip (210 credits plus 160 credits at level 10) / MSc (210 credits plus 60 credit dissertation plus 160 credits at level 10)

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught using a variety of interactive learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, group work, role-play and interactive computer sessions. The development of interpersonal skills and professional skills and attitudes is also a major focus of the learning and teaching programme. Learning activities are guided using web-based programmes. A variety of assessments are used for example essays, individual presentations, electronic portfolios, group discussions, case studies, practical skills as well as a final dissertation. Class sizes are normally 10 - 15 students.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying. In most instances, the taught elements of this course occur over three consecutive days. It is suggested that students use the other days for independent study.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

The course provides graduates with eligibility to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) in the United Kingdom/ Academy of Health Care Scientists.


  • Neurology for Speech Therapy and Audiology (15 credits)
  • Linguistics and Culture in Signed and Spoken Languages (15 credits)
  • Advanced Audiological Assessment (15 credits)
  • Multidisciplinary Working (15 credits)
  • Audiological Assessment (30 credits)
  • Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Technology for Hearing Impairment (30 credits)
  • Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Research Methods (30 credits)

Level 10 credits

  • Audiological Clinical Skills (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice for Audiology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Audiology 1,2 & 3 (placement modules) (40 credits)

If studying for the MSc you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 17), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.


Graduates may work within the National Health Service and private sector. A further assessment is required in order to work as a registered Hearing Aid Dispenser. There are also career opportunities for research in universities and research institutes.

Entry requirements

First or second class honours degree in a science or related subject (eg mathematics, physics, biological sciences, psychology, linguistics, speech and language therapy).

International: f your first language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate a standard of spoken and written English that is equivalent to an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of 6.5, with 6.5 for reading and writing and 6.0 for speaking and listening

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Application deadline

1 July

More information and contacts

Admissions or Audiology Admissions on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

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Course Overview

At QMU and on practice placement
Full-time: 2 years (PgDip)/2.5 years (MSc)
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding

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A student Story (see bottom of page for more)

Hasan Saleh - MSc Audiology (Pre-Reg) "“The theoretical base you acquire on campus is quite solid, and I still make use of some of the things I learned to this day. It also sets you up perfectly for the clinical placements, where you will be given excellent hands-on training in terms of audiological procedures and the application of theory." Read my story