UCC Postgraduate courses


Course Fact File
Duration2 Years Full-time
Teaching ModeFull-time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Closing Date26 April 2024
Non-EU Closing Date26 April 2024
Start Date2 September 2024

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 two years. Students will attend a mix of lectures and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) tutorials in which students apply knowledge in a sophisticated way to solve real-life problems efficiently.

Year 1 (60 credits)

Year 2 (60 credits)

AU6012 Audiological Science and Rehabilitation I (10 credits)
AU6013 Audiological Science and Rehabilitation II (10 credits)
AU6014 Information Literacy and Research Strategies (5 credits)
AU6015 Medical Sciences for Hearing and Balance I (5 credits)
AU6017 Electrophysiology, Acoustics and Amplification I (5 credits)
AU6018 Psychosocial Dimensions of Deafness (5 credits)
AU6019 Human Development, Cognition and Communication Through the Lifespan (5 credits)
AU6020 Practice Education in Audiology I (15 credits)

AU6021 Audiological Science and Rehabilitation III (10 credits)
AU6022 Research Methods for Audiology (5 credits)
AU6023 Medical Sciences for Audiology II (5 credits)
AU6024 Electrophysiology, Acoustics and Amplification II (5 credits)
AU6025 Audiology Research Project (10 credits)
AU6026 Audiological Science and Rehabilitation IV (10 credits)
AU6028 Practice Education in Audiology II (15 credits)


Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

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 9 am to 5 pm 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 may need to travel and/or arrange short-term accommodation near the placement sites and students will incur the costs of travel to clinical locations as well as the costs of accommodationIt may also be necessary to undertake clinical placement outside the Republic of Ireland. 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 an 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 newborns to the elderly to provide a client-centred approach to intervention and management of hearing loss and balance problems.


  • Candidates will hold either a minimum of Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) 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 under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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 an 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. For more information on this process please read the UCC Student Garda Vetting Policy
  • This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

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

  • 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


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

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

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

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please upload certifications of achievement.


Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.


A maximum of 2 deferrals per year are allowed on this programme. All deferrals are subject to the postgraduate deferral policy.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 26 April 2024

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