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Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc Honours

An audiology BSc degree teaches you specialist skills that are in short supply. You'll learn using high-tech facilities and on placements at leading London hospitals
September 2024
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
Course leader
Dr Marc Rayan

This course has reached full capacity and will no longer be recruiting for September 2023. The next course entry will be September 2024.

Why choose an Audiology BSc Honours at Middlesex?

Our audiology degree equips you with the skills and knowledge to confidently enter the field of audiology. You'll be taught by experienced academics on a course accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science and developed to meet the requirements of the National School of Healthcare Science.

You'll be studying at a top educational centre for teaching and research excellence using some of the most advanced equipment in the UK. Our brand new £23 million redevelopment of the West Stand, at the Stonex stadium, home to the Saracens, includes specialist spaces, simulation suites, and specialist labs.

We have good partnerships with local hospitals for placement opportunities.

What will you gain?

The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in audiology, and our course is designed to equip you with specialist skills and real-world experience that meet the demands of the healthcare sector.

Over the three years, you could spend up to 50 weeks in NHS clinical physiology departments at hospitals in London or the South East. You’ll get to grips with the latest scientific equipment as you put your skills into practice in their state-of-the-art clinics.

Past graduates have gone on to be employed by the NHS and in private organisations, including Boots, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, Imperial Trust, NW London NHS and Royal London NHS, among many others.


The National School of Healthcare Science accredits this course.

What you will learn

You’ll learn everything from auditory rehabilitation and tinnitus to cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing devices, and balance assessment and rehabilitation. You’ll also build the essential clinical decision-making skills and confidence to identify, assess, treat and rehabilitate a range of conditions.

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You will learn to apply scientific principles of healthcare science to patient care and gain the confidence to carry out the diagnostic and therapeutic investigations required for the role of a Healthcare Science Practitioner in Audiology. Honing your skills, you will learn how to perform a wide range of clinical procedures in accordance with health and safety guidelines, and within the scope of practice and professional codes of conduct. You will develop the understanding and confidence to execute procedures in audiology including pure tone audiometry, tympanometry and hearing aid programming & verification.

Year 1

A broad scientific background focussing on biological and psychosocial principles relevant to patient care. Clinical training commences with aspects of patient contact.

Year 2

Specialisation begins with extensive teaching in dedicated skills labs. Clinical practice advances with training in diagnostics and research methods.

Year 3

Patient contact predominates in the final year. Your dissertation will bring together elements of academic training and clinical practice.


  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • Professional Practice (15 credits)

      The module is designed to ensure that you acquires the knowledge, gain the skills and develop the attitude required for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner. It also provides an insight into the roles and responsibilities of the practitioner and will help you develop your communication, study and team working skills.

    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System (30 credits)

      The module provides you with the basic theory and practice of neurosensory sciences. On successful completion of this module you will be able to describe the structure and functions of the auditory, visual, and central and peripheral nervous system and outline pathophysiology of common diseases of these systems. You will also be able to choose the appropriate equipment to record physiological data or make recordings following standard operating procedures.

    • Physics and Measurements (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the physical and mathematical principles that underpin the concepts of instrumentation used in the Neurosensory Sciences and measurements.

    • Clinical Technology and Mathematics (15 credits)

      The module introduces you to the basic principles of both physics and mathematics that are related to healthcare and ensures that you have a good range of the mathematical and statistical skills that underpin the practice of healthcare science.

    • Social Aspects of Healthcare (15 credits)

      The module aims to introduce you to the principles and core concepts of the sociology of health and illness, plus the importance of epidemiology, health prevention and protection and public health function.

    • Biological Basis of Healthcare (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide you with the basic knowledge and understanding of the biology related to healthcare, with a solid foundation on which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Introduction to Audiology Specialties (15 credits)

      This module introduces the theory and application of specialist audiology services. This includes paediatrics, vestibular (balance) testing and Living with Hearing Loss (Hearing Therapy).

    • Practical Diagnostic Audiology (30 credits)

      This module complements the theory and application of basic diagnostic tests used in clinical audiology learned in the Diagnostic Audiology module. The practical sessions and clinical placements are designed to consolidate your skills acquired with theoretical understanding, and for progression to Year 3 practical and theoretical aural rehabilitation modules. You will be expected to be able to safely and accurately perform all diagnostic procedures according to BSA recommended standards.

    • Diagnostic Audiology (30 credits)

      This module introduces the theory and application of basic diagnostic tests used in clinical audiology. The lectures are designed to be supplemented by practical sessions and clinical placements for consolidation of skills acquired with theoretical understanding, which are covered in Practical Diagnostic Audiology.

  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

      This module will build on the skills you acquired when undertaking a Research Methods and Professional Practice module and from the knowledge gained throughout the course to date. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. You will gain individual research experience  in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for your own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. This is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Practical Aural Rehabilitation (30 credits)

      This module addresses the practical elements of technological and non-technological management options available in the rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, within the paradigms of relationship-centred care. This module complements the Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification module.

    • Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification (30 credits)

      This module addresses the technological and non-technological management options available in the rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, within the paradigms of relationship-centred care. This theoretical module is supplemented by the practical module Practical Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to choose between Vestibular and Paediatric audiology modules, to enable you to work at an assistant level upon graduation (Band 5 equivalent).

To find out more about this course, please download the Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc Honours specification (PDF).

  1. Teaching and independent learning
  2. Assessment and feedback

Our healthcare sciences labs offer cardiac and neurophysiology students the best in medical monitoring equipment.

The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

A cardiac physiology student in conversation with another student

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) support your career?

The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world and this degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in audiology. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in this area and our course is designed to meet the requirements of the sector.

As a Healthcare Scientist, you will work directly with inpatients and outpatients of all ages (babies, children and adults) in order to:

  • Use ways to measure and compensate for hearing loss, including offering initial therapeutic support and advice, and diagnose audio-vestibular neurological diseases
  • Prescribe appropriate hearing aid equipment or arrange onward referral for further investigation
  • Play both a clinical role and a managerial development role.

You can also find useful information about medical engineering careers on the NHS careers website.


Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has been recognised with the following awards:

The top 20 UK universities for business leaders and entrepreneurs – Business Money, 2023

A top 10 university for producing CEOs – Novuana, 2023.

Global network

You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

Work placements

Placements are a key element of the course. Over the three years, you may spend up to a total of 50 weeks in NHS clinical physiology departments at hospitals in London or the South East. The availability and operation of these placements is subject to the control of the placement organisation.

Your time on placements is usually Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and is divided as follows:

Year 1 – up to 10 weeks
Year 2 – up to 15 weeks
Year 3 – up to 25 weeks

All placement providers are officially approved by the University and learning opportunities and support will be available to help you complete your Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) training manual.

In the final year, you also have an opportunity to undertake a research project, which could include a clinical audit - research projects carried out on placement will normally require local ethical approval.

  1. UK entry
  2. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year.

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

Part-time: £77 per taught credit

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees
  • Our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimer

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Dr Neville Hall
Director of Programmes for Biomedical sciences

Dr Hall’s research interests include Skeletal muscle fatigue, control of breathing during exercise and dietary behaviour and eating attitudes of the physically active.

Dr Hall’s recent publications include ‘HALL NH (2002) Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism’ and ‘British Journal of Nutrition (88): 582-583.

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