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Gender-imbalance and the future audiology workforce


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Key facts

Type of research degree
4 year PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (outside UK)
Dr Ruth Brooke and Dr Ted Killan
School of Medicine
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Audiology is the clinical discipline concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and management of individuals with hearing and balance problems. In the UK, data drawn from several admissions cycles show a ratio of approximately 7:1 female to male applicants study audiology at undergraduate level.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>As well as having workforce planning consequences, evidence from other healthcare disciplines suggests that patients&rsquo; health behaviours can be influenced by clinician gender, with positive outcomes more likely when the clinician and patient are the same sex. This is especially the case in long-term conditions, such as hearing loss, where patients are seen repeatedly by clinicians.</p> <p>The aim of this PhD is to explore questions related to the issues described above. These could include reasons for the low number of males studying audiology in the UK, how this compares with data from other countries, whether this gender imbalance is having a negative effect on hearing loss patient behaviour, and/or what can be done to raise the attractiveness of a career in audiology to young males. A range of methodologies could be employed including systematic literature review and qualitative approaches.</p> <p><strong>References:</strong></p> <p>Du Plessis, S (2018) Males students&rsquo; perceptions about gender imbalances in a speech-language pathology and audiology training programme of a South African institution of higher education. S Afr J Commun Disord, 65, 570-581.</p> <p>Whittock, M and Leonard, L (2003). Stepping outside the stereotype. A pilot study of the motivations and experiences of males in the nursing profession. Journal of Nursing Management, 11(4), 242-249.</p> <p>Nemes, JL (2005). As the gender gap widens, does audiology need a few good men? Hearing Journal, 58(3), 19-24.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Please note these are not standalone projects and applicants must apply to the PhD academy directly.</p> <p>Applications can be made at any time. To apply for this project applicants should complete a<a href=""> Faculty Application Form</a> and send this alongside a full academic CV, degree transcripts (or marks so far if still studying) and degree certificates to the Faculty Graduate School <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>We also require 2 academic references to support your application. Please ask your referees to send these <a href="">references</a> on your behalf, directly to <a href=""></a></p> <p>If you have already applied for other projects using the Faculty Application Form this academic session you do not need to complete this form again. Instead you should email fmhgrad to inform us you would like to be considered for this project.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

A degree in biological sciences, dentistry, medicine, midwifery, nursing, psychology or a good honours degree in a subject relevant to the research topic. A Masters degree in a relevant subject may also be required in some areas of the Faculty. For entry requirements for all other research degrees we offer, please contact us.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the specific demands of their study. The Faculty of Medicine and Health minimum requirements in IELTS and TOEFL tests for PhD, MSc, MPhil, MD are: &acirc;&euro;&cent; British Council IELTS - score of 7.0 overall, with no element less than 6.5 &acirc;&euro;&cent; TOEFL iBT - overall score of 100 with the listening and reading element no less than 22, writing element no less than 23 and the speaking element no less than 24.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

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