Master 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 Master of Audiology 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. 

The Department of Communication Disorders serves New Zealand and the world through excellence and innovation in scholarship, teaching and public service. The Department has four on-campus laboratories featuring state-of-the-art electronic and assessment equipment.

There are a number of scholarships available to MAud students – see the Department's web page for details.

Entry requirements

Admission to a master’s degree is based on the evaluation of evidence of your ability to undertake postgraduate study in a specialist field of inquiry or professional practice. The primary basis for selection is on academic merit, however consideration may also be given to other factors.

Normally the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

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

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

Entry into Year 1 of the Master of Audiology is limited. See 'How to apply' below for more information.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Audiology or use the admission requirements checker

Qualification structure and duration

The Master of Audiology takes two years full-time or three to four years part-time to complete.

Subjects and courses

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

How to apply

Entry into Year 1 of the Master of Audiology is limited. Candidates must submit an enrolment application via MyUC as well as a separate application form to the Department of Communication Disorders by 1 October.

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

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.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Audiology.

For study planning help contact the Department of Communication Disorders | Te Tari Mātai Hauora Reo or the College of Science:

College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 4141
Email collegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz

Melanie Mackenzie

Melanie Mackenzie

'I want to help other hearing-impaired people and inspire them...'