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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.

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.

Unique aspects of the 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.

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.

Duration

2 years Full-Time

Careers or further progression

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.

Placement and 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.

Further enquiries

Dr Amr El Refaie
Senior Lecturer
Speech and Hearing Sciences
University College Cork
Tel: +353-21-490-3000
Email: amr.elrafaie@ucc.ie

http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C025/amrelrafaie

Subjects taught

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:

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

Year 2: Audiology for Children and Balance Disorders:
Electrophysiology, Acoustics & Amplification

Audiological Science & Rehabilitation

Research Methods

Audiology Research Project

Medical Science for Audiology II

Practice Education

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Irish/EU fee for 2017/18 €7,000

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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