NUS Launches Inaugural Master of Science in Audiology

MediCommunity-NUSThe National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine recently launched the inaugural NUS Master of Science in Audiology degree course, with key donor, Siemens Medical Instruments Pte Ltd. The demand of audiology services is on the rise in Singapore, with its ageing population. According to the National Health Survey of 2010, one in five Singaporeans between 50 and 59 years old, and one in four between 60 and 69 years old already suffer from hearing impairment. Hearing impairment reduces communication, work and social options, as well as being linked to depression, memory loss and dementia. The postgraduate Audiology programme, administered by the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s Division of Graduate Medical Studies, aims to increase the pool of home-grown audiologists to meet the increased need for their services. Eighteen students have already enrolled in the course, which began in August. The two-year full-time audiology course is adapted from the Master of Audiology programme offered at the University of Melbourne, one of the top Audiology programmes in the world. It will integrate academics, clinical practice and research with hands-on experience to give students a holistic and dynamic experience. With a unique Asian focus, the course also incorporates local specifics, such as pathologies, genetics, regional infections, cultures and translational research. It is well supported by experienced local faculty and renowned teaching academics from Australia, the USA and the UK. Also, there are nine scholarships in place to help the students.

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