Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/ MSc Audiology (Pre-Registration)



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).

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.

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



  • This course includes 34 weeks of structured placements throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.
  • This course 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

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)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc or a PgDip.

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. The other days are used for independent study or clinical placement, depending on the year of 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.


  • Neurology for Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology (15 credits)
  • Linguistics and Culture in Signed and Spoken Languages (15 credits)
  • Audiological Assessment (30 credits)
  • Adult Aural Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Paediatric Aural Habilitation (30 credits)
  • Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Advanced Audiological Assessment (15 credits)
  • Multidisciplinary Working (15 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 each)

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

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2019) but are subject to change. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

Not available


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.

Class sizes

We expect around 12 students to enrol for this course each year.


This course includes placements in a clinical setting, which are typically spread over three modules. Placements may be in Scotland, Northern Ireland or the North of England. Placement attendance can vary from day release (1-2 days a week) to blocks of several weeks or months. Placements are allocated by the placement team based on availability of sites. Costs associated with the placement modules are not included in the course fee and must be met by the student.

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: If your first language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 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

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

At QMU and on practice placement
Full-time: 2 years (PgDip)/2.5 years (MSc)
Start Date
January 2021
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