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MPhil Ear Institute (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
11090 GBP
National
2385 GBP
EU
75 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
EU 75 GBP
Department
Brain Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

The extensive specialities of the research investigators at the Ear Institute provide an opportunity to study just about every aspect of hearing from cell and molecular biology to clinical research and cognitive neuroscience. Collaborations between researchers at the Ear Institute and clinicians at UCL partner hospitals facilitate novel, trans-disciplinary experimental approaches and translational research.

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Eligibility Criteria

English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Entry Requirement

MD(Res) applicants must have obtained the MBBS degree (or equivalent) and be eligible for registration with the UK General Medical Council.

MPhil/MPhilStud/PhD/EngD
Entry requirements vary between academic departments and research centres. However, research applicants will normally be required to hold a first or upper-second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution are also accepted.

MD(Res)
Applicants should hold a registered primary qualification in Medicine (e.g. MBBS), and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants are normally hospital clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment.

Other applicants wishing to pursue clinical research should apply for MPhil/PhD admission.

Professional Doctorates
A UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (obtained after a programme of study extending over not less than three years), awarded with upper second-class Honours or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Professional doctorates currently taught at UCL include:

  • Child and Educational Psychology (DECPsy)
  • Clinical Communication Science (Doctorate)
  • Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
  • Dentistry (DDent)
  • Educational and Child Psychotherapy (DEdPsy)
  • Paediatric Dentistry (DDent)
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics (Doc Orth)

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Course Modules

Research areas

  • Molecular genetics of hearing and deafness: discovering the genetic causes of deafness and hearing loss; molecular mechanisms of hair cell loss; whole transcriptome and whole exome approaches
  • Cell biology of hearing and balance loss: understanding the mechanism of sensory hair cell death; repair of the sensory epithelia; hair cell regeneration; stem cell-based approaches for screening and therapy
  • Cellular physiology of hair cells: mechanisms of transduction; biophysics of afferent synapses; physiological characterisation of auditory neurons; electrophysiology
  • Clinical audiology: evaluating current approaches for hearing impairment, tinnitus, cochlear implants, balance disorders and new diagnostic tools
  • Cochlear homeostasis: epithelial barrier functions; roles of gap junctions; fluid and ion homeostasis
  • Cognitive neuroscience: brain mechanisms of sound localisation; coding complex sounds in auditory cortex; molecular physiological basis of synaptic and neural activity
  • Molecular genetics of hearing and deafness: identifying susceptibility genes for age-related hearing loss
  • Psychophysics and speech perception: spectral and temporal processing, pitch perception, binaural hearing, development of speech perception and music perception
  • Testing auditory function: otoacoustic emissions to identify susceptibility to hearing loss; development of sensitive audiological test procedures for diagnostic clinical use

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How to Apply

You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency.

Applications must be supported by:

  • Valid email addresses for two referees
  • Academic transcript provided in English and in electronic format
  • Application fee (not applicable to research programmes)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (Not required at the application stage)
  • Personal statement (Master’s degrees)
  • Research proposal (PhD)

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