UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    CKX51 Full-time

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    2 years Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2018

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full details

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    September 2018

Course Outline

The MSc Audiology is a two year, full-time programme. This new programme in audiology has been designed to qualify students to practice the profession of audiology. The aim of the programme is to educate, train and inspire confident clinicians who can meet the challenges of providing an integrated, sophisticated and scientific approach to assessing and managing the needs of children and adults with hearing and balance disorders. 

The programme is full-time over three semesters per year over the two years. Students will attend a mix of lectures and Problem Based Learning (PBL) tutorials which students apply knowledge in a sophisticated way to solve real-life problems efficiently.

Year 1: Audiology for Adults

Year 2: Audiology for Children and Balance Disorders

  • Audiological Science & Rehabilitation
  • Information Literacy & Research Strategies
  • Medical Sciences for Hearing & Balance
  • Electrophysiology, Acoustics & Amplification
  • Psychosocial Dimensions of Deafness
  • Human Development, Cognition, and Communication Through the Lifespan
  • Practice Education
  • Electrophysiology, Acoustics & Amplification
  • Audiological Science & Rehabilitation
  • Research Methods
  • Audiology Research Project
  • Medical Science for Audiology II
  • Practice Education


Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Course Practicalities

This programme is full-time over three semesters per year, over two years. Students should expect to attend a mixture of lectures, PBL tutorials, seminars, clinical observations, simulations and supervised clinical work from 9am to 5pm daily, with some time dedicated to independent learning, during semesters 1 & 2. In each year of the programme, students will attend two weekly 3-hour Problem Based Learning tutorials. In addition to the tutorials, there will be approximately 3-4 lectures a day in addition to 6 hours a week of observations, simulations and supervised clinical work. During Semester 3, students will be on work placement for 4-5 days a week. Students need to engage in approximately 1000h of supervised clinical practice to meet professional requirements. Students will need to complete a short research proposal and complete a research project of limited scope.


Modules will be assessed using a combination of individual and group presentations, in class assessments, essays, competency-based clinical assessments, work placement assessments and written exams.

Who Teaches The Course

Dr Amr El Refaie is an Audiological Physician and program director of the MSc Audiology program at University College Cork, Ireland. His research focuses on Tinnitus management and models of generation, Quality of life of tinnitus sufferers, Adult diagnostics, Retrocochlear pathology and Meniere’s disease. He has published extensively in professional/scientific journals and books. This research was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for excellence in 2002. His previous appointments included working as a Research Associate in the Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham, UK, Program Director of the BSc Audiology program, Bristol University UK, Associate Professor at Cairo University, Egypt, and Associate Professor and Program Director of the MSc Audiology program, La Trobe University, Australia.

Why Choose This Course

This MSc in Audiology is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland to qualify individuals to practice audiology. The programme was developed in response to a call from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Health Services Executive (HSE) to provide clinical education in Audiology, following the National Audiology Review by the HSE.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Practice education in the MSc Audiology is designed to promote integration of theory and practice by providing students with a range of clinical experiences across the programme. The goals are to provide students with:

  • clinical experience that is problem-based and theory-driven, and which complements the academic curriculum;
  • a variety of experiences in planning, implementing and evaluating audiological intervention for people with hearing and balance disorders;
  • the experience of working with other professionals involved with the management of people with hearing and balance disorders; and
  • to support students to become independent audiologists.

Practice education will be structured to include weekly clinics during the teaching semester based in new purpose built in-house Brookfield Audiology Clinic and in designated local audiology clinics around Cork. The students will learn practical skills supervised by Practice Tutors on these sites. During the summer, block placements will broaden experience using nationally available sites around Ireland.

Skills and Careers Information

Audiologist work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, community clinics and private clinics with all ages from new-borns to the elderly to provide a client-centred approach to intervention and management of hearing loss and balance problems.


  • Candidates will hold either an undergraduate honours degree (National Framework of Qualifications Ireland, level 8; minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1) or a postgraduate degree, in any scientific or medical discipline, such as but not exclusively, Anatomy, Biomedical Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, Speech and Language Therapy, Medicine, Nursing and Education.
  • In exceptional circumstances candidates without an honours degree may be recommended for entry to the programme after a review of their qualifications and experience by the programme lead. The admission of such candidates will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.
  • Applications will be reviewed on the basis of educational qualifications, relevant work experience and motivation.
  • Please note that you must submit a motivation statement as part of this application process. The motivational statement should be no longer than 800 words and demonstrate your motivation, relevant previous experience, commitment and suitability in applying for this course.
  • Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview and each applicant will be scored again by an interview panel on the basis of educational qualifications, relevant work experience and motivation.
  • All students accepted onto the programme will need to have evidence of appropriate vaccinations for working in hospital environments and will need to provide evidence of Garda/Police vetting. All students on this programme will require Garda Clearance in order to attend student placements. University College Cork has made arrangements with the Gardaí in relation to Garda Clearance procedures. All candidates who accept places on this programme must complete and sign Garda Clearance Forms and return them to University College Cork.
  • Candidates whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 with scores in no individual section less than 6.5, regardless of nationality or employment status within the EU.
  • If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €7,000.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is available to view here Supplementary Questions for CKX51

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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