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Course Code: CKX51 Full-time

Course Title: Audiology

College: Medicine and Health


Duration: 2 years Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: Irish/EU fee for 2017/18 €7,000; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €18,000.

2017 Entry Requirements: Please see detailed entry requirements section below.

Closing Date: Now closed for applications for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018


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. 

Course Details

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



Detailed Entry Requirements

  • 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. 

Application Procedure

‌Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

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

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note that late applications will be considered after first round applications who meet the selection criteria requirements. Offers will then be made to late applications, if places are still available on the programme and if candidates meet the selection criteria requirements.

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 This 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.


Further Contact Information

Dr Amr El Refaie 

Senior Lecturer

Speech and Hearing Sciences

University College Cork







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