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Master of Audiology

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

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The Master of Audiology (MAud) at UC focuses on training professional clinical audiologists with an emphasis on the development of clinical and administrative skills relating to the practice of audiology. This degree was developed to address the shortage of trained audiologists. It comprises coursework, clinical practice in a variety of settings, and audiological research experience.

The School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing serves Aotearoa New Zealand and the world through excellence and innovation in scholarship, teaching, and public service. The School has four on-campus laboratories featuring state-of-the-art electronic and assessment equipment.

The first year includes coursework up to 120 points and a clinical placement, and the second year involves clinical placement and thesis work.

Subjects and courses

  • Coursework develops knowledge and skills across the scope of practice, including a strong foundation in acoustics, psychoanalytic, and neuroscience.
  • Clinical practice is undertaken with adult and paediatric clients in different clinical settings.
  • A thesis project is mentored by leading research staff.

Further study

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology.

Career opportunities

The Master of Audiology programme is fully endorsed by the New Zealand Audiological Society (NZAS). Upon completion of the degree, students are able to work as audiologists within New Zealand. The degree is also recognised internationally.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

The MAud does not require prior training in Speech and Language Therapy. Students should have either:

  • a Speech and Language Pathology bachelor's degree; or
  • any bachelor’s degree with relevant coursework (eg, Arts, Engineering such as Electrical and Electronic or Mechanical, Health Sciences, Science, or Teaching and Learning); or
  • been admitted with equivalent status to the above by the University.

Students with a different undergraduate background to that of the above, and with a strong achievement record, will still be considered. All students must be approved for study by the Academic Dean of Science.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Students must submit an enrolment application via myUC as well as a separate application form to the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing by 1 October.

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