Master of Audiology (MAud)
The Master of Audiology (MAud) degree is a two-year post-graduate programme that includes course work, clinical, and research experience.
The degree is also available part-time over three or four years. Academic coursework focuses on training professional clinical audiologists with emphasis on the development of clinical and research skills relating to the practice of audiology.
The programme is fully endorsed by the New Zealand Audiological Society (NZAS). No prior training in Speech and Language Therapy is required for admission.
- Coursework that develops knowledge and skills across the scope of practice for audiologists, including a strong foundation in acoustics, psychoacoustics, and neuroscience.
- Supervised clinical practice with adult and paediatric clients in a variety of clinical settings.
- A thesis project mentored by faculty active in audiological research.
Our curriculum is as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2|
|Semester 1||Whole year|
|HEAR 651 Foundation Topics in Audiology||HEAR 658 Clinical Practicum II|
|HEAR 652 Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation||HEAR 690 Audiology Thesis*|
|HEAR 653 Audiological Rehabilitation|
|HEAR 655 Advanced Topics in Audiology|
|HEAR 656 Advanced Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation|
|HEAR 657 Advanced Audiological Rehabilitation|
|Whole - year|
|HEAR 654 Clinical Practicum I|
* Note that a Year 1 grade average of B is normally required for entry to the thesis.
Entry to the MAud is competitive, with the selection based on academic merit. Student numbers are limited to around 14 a year. Candidates must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 5 out of 9 on UC's GPA scale (i.e. a B average), but successful candidates usually have a GPA significantly higher than this.
Successful applicants have come from a diverse range of backgrounds, so even if you are not from the health sciences, we encourage your application.
The recent government mandate regarding vaccination of workers in the health and disability sectors means that speech-language therapy and will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to complete the practical or clinical requirements for their programme. Students enrolled in speech-language therapy and audiology programmes for 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated by February 1st, 2022.
Application deadlines and processes
All applications must be received at the School of Psychology, Speech & Hearing no later than October 1st.
Potential students will be invited to an interview with School Representatives as part of the application process.
- See all scholarships available on UC's Scholarships website
Scholarships and Prizes for Speech & Language Pathology students
- Marian D'Eve Memorial Scholarship (Scholarships website)
- Ministry of Education Speech Language Therapy scholarships (External website)
Scholarships and Prizes for Audiology and Speech & Language Sciences students
- Sivantos Audiology Scholarship
- Jean Seabrook Prize (Scholarships website)
- Marian D'Eve Memorial Scholarship (Scholarships website)
- Waitemata DHB Health Scholarship Programme
Other postgraduate scholarships
- Universities NZ Postgraduate Scholarships (NZ Vice-Chancellors' website)
- Gray, S. (2014) The role of hearing sensitivity above 8 kHz in auditory localization.
- Lessoway, K. (2014) Perception of quality of life for adults with hearing impairment in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
- Mulder, A. (2014) The Effects of Spectral Smearing and Elevated Thresholds on Speech in Noise Recognition in Simulated Electric-Acoustic Hearing
- Suckling, A. (2014) Auditory Attention to Fundamental Frequency of Pure Tones
- Dalrymple-Alford, J. (2014) Does vocabulary knowledge influence speech recognition in adverse listening conditions?
- Sloane, S. (2014) Effects of the prominence of first harmonic on the perception of breathiness and vowel identity
- Askin, V. (2014) Effects of Masking, and Sex on Lombard Vowel Production
- Peddie, R. (2014) Probe-Signal Investigation of an Attentional Filter for Fundamental Frequency
- Thomas, K (2014) Audiological Outcomes for Adults with a Mild Hearing Impairment
- William, G (2014) Learning outcomes of speech audiometry virtual patient use for expert and novice audiology students
- Crowther, C. (2013) Noise Levels in the New Zealand Health Industry
- Bowden, A. (2013) Normalisation, Evaluation and Verification of the New Zealand Hearing Screening Test
- Hagar, B. (2013) A preliminary examination of aging and sex on dichotic listening performance
- Guard, L. (2013) Formative feedback in a virtual patient simulator for clinical audiology training
- Wendel, K. (2013) Cognitive anxiety levels of first-time hearing aid users and their significant others throughout the consultation process
- Parry, D. (2013) Relationship between Cognitive Anxiety Level and Client Variables at First Consultation for Adults with Hearing Impairment
- Harris, P. (2013). Does Speaker Age Affect Speech Perception in Noise in Older Adults?
- Grosskreutz, J. (2013). Outcomes of an audiologic rehabilitation programme for working adults with hearing impairment who do not wear amplification.
- Daniell, P. (2012). A cross-language acoustic-perceptual study of the effects of simulated hearing loss on speech intonation.
- Murray, C. (2012). Development of a Māori language version of the New Zealand hearing screening test.
- Howland, S. (2012). Immersive education: virtual reality in clinical audiology. A pilot study of the effectiveness of a new patient simulator program on audiology students' performance on case history tasks.
- Giles, C. (2012). A demographic and electrocochleographic study of Ménière's disease and migraine vertigo.
- Murray, S. (2012). Development of the New Zealand stimuli for the University of Canterbury Adaptive Speech Test-Filtered Words (UCAST-FW).
- Abu-Hijleh, A. (2011). Effects of high frequency hearing loss on the University of Canterbury Adaptive Speech Test - Filtered Words (UCAST-FW).
- Yip, F. (2011). Personal FM systems in children with a spatial processing deficit.
- Thompson, L. (2011). The impact of breathiness on speech intelligibility in pathological voice.
- Smales, C. (2011). A computer-based auditory and visual sequential pattern test for school-aged children.
- O'Connor, K. (2011). Auditory processing in autism spectrum disorder: a review of the literature.
- Parker, M. (2011). Music perception of cochlear implant recipients using a genetic algorithm MAP.
- Spencer, G. (2011). Effects of speaker age on speech understanding and listening effort in older adults.
- Lynn, W. (2010). Dichotic listening among adults who stutter.
- Kalin, C. (2010). An evaluation of electrocochleography as a diagnostic tool for Ménière's disease.
- Radford, C. (2010). The effect of bimodal stimulation on pitch ranking and speech recognition in children with cochlear implants.
- Hope, R. (2010). Towards the development of the New Zealand Hearing in Noise Test (NZHINT).
- Wilding, P. (2010). Speech understanding abilities of older adults with sensorineural hearing loss.
- Heidtke, U. (2010). Diagnosis of auditory processing disorder in children using an adaptive filtered speech test.
- Winter, P. (2010). The development and pilot testing of a music quality rating test battery for New Zealand and Australian MED-EL cochlear implant recipients.
- Alchin, K. (2010). Ototoxicity in patients receiving concurrent cisplatin and cranial irradiation therapy for the treatment of head and neck cancers: an audiometric follow-up.
- Kirtikar, S. (2010). Acoustic and perceptual evaluation of the quality of radio-transmitted speech.
- Venter, K. (2010). Cisplatin-induced ototoxicity: the current state of ototoxicity monitoring in New Zealand.
- King, S. (2010). Development and evaluation of a New Zealand Digit Triplet Test for auditory screening.
- Rutledge, K. (2009). A music listening questionnaire for hearing aid users.
- Morgan, K. (2009). Vocabulary intervention aimed at improving expressive language for children with hearing impairment.
- Mackenzie, M. (2009). Quality of life outcomes in adult cochlear implant recipients and their significant others.
- Light, K. (2009). Reactions and responses to the diagnosis of a progressive hearing loss in adults.
- Good, P. (2009). An investigation of the effectiveness of integrating sound-field amplification and classroom-based phonological awareness intervention on the early reading development of young school children.
- Goel, E. (2009). Noise-induced hearing loss in aerobic class goers: a longitudinal study with pure tone audiometry and distortion product otoacoustic emissions.
- McElhinney, S. (2009). A comparison of ocular and cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in the evaluation of different stages of clinically certain Ménière's disease.
- McCombie, G. (2009). Effect of jaw opening on the speech and voice of normal-hearing and hearing-impaired children: an acoustic and physiological study.
- Babbage, M. (2009). Early postoperative delayed hearing loss: patterns of behavioural and electrophysiological auditory responses following vestibular schwannoma surgery.