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PgDip/ MSc Audiology (Pre-Registration) Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh




Course info


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.


  • 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).

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.

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.


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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PgDip/ MSc Audiology (Pre-Registration).

Full Time (2.5 years)

Tuition fees

Year 1: £16,900 Year 2: £16,900 Year 3: £3190 (dissertation fee).




Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University Drive,



EH21 6UU, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

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

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh*

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