About This Course
2 years Full-time
€7,130 (Year 1); €7,130 (Year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
€18,500 per year
See Requirements for full details.
Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022
Non-EU Closing Date
Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022
5 September 2022
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
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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 accommodation. It 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 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.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
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.
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.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €7,130 (Year 1); €7,130 (Year 2).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,500 per year.
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
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do I Apply
1. Apply online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
2. Gather supporting documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal 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 items requested for your course.
3. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
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.
Please note from 2019 onwards, 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 Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022Apply Now