Please note this course only runs every two years. The next start date is likely to be September 2024. Applications for this will not open until October 2023.

Postgraduate Taught

Audiology (Pre-Registration) - MSc

This MSc in Audiology (Pre-Registration) 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, biological science, speech and language therapy or some combination of these).

The course provides students with the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills required to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and to work as an Audiologist in the NHS.

The course is also popular with international students who require a postgraduate qualification that will enable them to promote and develop audiological services in their home countries.

NB This course will run dependent on numbers and placement availability.

Why QMU?

  • Placements allow you to put theory into practice: Students will learn the importance of using scientific principles to underpin their clinical practice. This course includes 34 weeks of structured clinical placement, which will normally take place in an NHS Audiology department in Scotland, Northern Ireland or the North of England.
  • Specialist facilities: Practical skills are taught on campus, where students have access to a wide range of equipment.
  • Professional registration: The course provides graduates with eligibility to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) in the United Kingdom.

Audiology (Pre-Registration) - MSc: More information and what you will achieve

Audiologists work with adult and paediatric patients to identify and assess hearing and/or balance disorders, recommending and providing appropriate rehabilitation and management.

Our aim is to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practise audiology. In order to achieve this aim, we offer a range of learning experiences, allowing you to develop skills, both independently and in a group setting.

The MSc in Audiology course comprises 12 modules. Within these modules you will study supporting subjects - linguistics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, neurology and research methods - and acquire theoretical knowledge relating to hearing and balance. Knowledge and skills acquired in theoretical modules are integrated and applied to clinical practice throughout the course. Through university-based practical sessions and your practice placement, you will develop clinical skills, clinical decision-making and reflective practice, as well as gaining an understanding and awareness of a variety of professional issues.

How will I be taught?

Structure and exit awards

On completion of the full MSc (280 credits) or a PgDip, you will be eligible to register as an Audiologist with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. 

Teaching, learning and assessment

We take a “blended” approach to learning and teaching, with modules delivered through a combination of online and on campus lectures, seminars and clinical skills sessions. We are aware that is can be costly for students to travel to the university campus on a daily basis and find that our postgraduate audiology students prefer to have as flexible a schedule as possible. Students are required to attend the university campus for clinical skills sessions. Some lectures and seminars are delivered on campus but many are delivered online. Online teaching may be synchronous (using virtual classrooms) or asynchronous (recorded lectures, directed reading and online discussion boards).

Assessments take a variety of forms, including essays, individual presentations, electronic portfolios, group discussions, case studies, practical skills and a research dissertation.


This course includes a 34-week practice placement in a clinical setting. This normally begins at the beginning of Semester 2, in Year Two of the course. Placements may be in Scotland, Northern Ireland or the North of England. Placements are allocated by the placement team, based primarily on the availability of sites. 

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module will require you to attend classes (both online and on campus) and to carry out independent work. Your attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying. Where possible, the taught elements of this course occur over three consecutive days each week. The other days are used for independent study.

Class sizes

Class sizes are normally 12 - 15 students.

Teaching staff

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.


  • Audiological Science (40 credits)
  • Audiological Assessment (40 credits)
  • Linguistics and Culture in Signed and Spoken Languages (20 credits)
  • Adult Aural Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Paediatric Aural Habilitation (20 credits)
  • Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Advanced Audiological Assessment (20 credits)
  • Multidisciplinary Working (20 credits)
  • Enquiry Based Learning (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Level 10 modules (non-credit-bearing):

  • Clinical Skills and Professional Practice for Audiology
  • Clinical Placement

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2021) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Career opportunities

Graduates may work within the National Health Service and/or 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.

Audiology (Pre-Registration) - MSc: Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or above in a science or related subject (eg mathematics, physics, biological sciences, psychology, linguistics, speech and language therapy) is normally required.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 with no individual component score below 6.5

Other requirements

A satisfactory criminal records check from the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, an occupational health check and personal indemnity insurance (normally through membership of the professional body) are required.

Other information

  • The cost of the PVG check (£18 or £59 depending on the level of clearance required*) and the professional indemnity insurance are the responsibility of the student. Currently the cost of the health check is funded by the Scottish Government for Scottish students only and other students are responsible for this cost. This is however subject to change should the Scottish Government change their funding policy.
  • The additional costs associated with placement travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the student. 

*Please note that cost is subject to change.

Applying for this course

Please note this course only runs every two years. The next start date is likely to be September 2024. Applications for this will not open until October 2023.

Application deadline

Please note this course only runs every two years. The next start date is likely to be September 2024. Applications for this will not open until October 2023.

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

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Course Overview

On campus at QMU and on practice placement
2.5 years full-time
Start Date
September 2024
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."

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