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To work as an audiological scientist you must complete a first degree in a relevant subject, followed either by the completion of the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) or by a university-run Masters course in an audiology subject. Both routes lead towards registration as an audiological scientist or clinical scientist (audiology).

The STP leads to a Masters degree and a certificate of workplace-based training following one of the themed pathways (neurosensory sciences). To be eligible for the programme you must have at least a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject. The most commonly accepted degrees are physiology, pure or applied physics, engineering, biology or human biology.

The following degree subjects may also increase your chances:

  • chemistry;
  • nursing;
  • speech science/therapy;
  • biochemistry;
  • biomedical science;
  • psychology;
  • medicine.

Recruitment for the September intake of the STP usually begins in January or February, with a closing date of mid-March. Details of all training posts are available on:

For more information, see NHS Careers .

Training in the NHS in Scotland may vary. For further information, see NHS Education for Scotland: Healthcare Science .

The alternative route is to complete an MSc in Audiology or Audiological Science, accredited by the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) . See the BAA website for a list of course providers and for details of further training or qualifications, such as the BAA Higher Training Scheme (HTS), which are necessary to achieve registered audiological scientist or clinical scientist (audiology) status.

A good honours degree is usually required for entry to postgraduate courses, with at least a 2:1 for MSc programmes. Some universities may consider candidates with a 2:2 and two years' relevant work experience/training. Entry to the MSc is sometimes possible with an HND, if a candidate has relevant professional experience. There is some competition for postgraduate course places, and more for NHS trainee scientist posts.

Pre-entry experience is not needed, but work experience in a related environment can provide a useful background for studying audiology, for example working with children or the elderly. Completing the British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1 course gives an insight into deaf culture and deaf issues.

Candidates need to show evidence of the following:

  • good interpersonal skills;
  • ability to communicate well and interact with patients of all ages;
  • technical abilities;
  • manual dexterity;
  • time management skills;
  • patience and empathy;
  • problem-solving ability;
  • a scientific background and an interest in audiology.

For more information, see work experience and internships and search courses and research.

Written by AGCAS editors
November 2012

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