Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology

The University of Western Australia is the only Australian university which offers a combined PhD and master's degree in audiology which can be completed over four years. Audiology is the clinical science involving the prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of hearing loss and associated communication disorders.

The Clinical Audiology course commences in January, with a new intake of students in even-numbered years only. It is an intensive full-time course with tuition divided between intensive modules and clinical placements. The intensive modules require full-time attendance, equivalent to 40 hours per week, over their whole duration which is usually seven weeks. Clinical placements are managed by the Clinical Coordinator.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology
Award abbreviation
PhD, MClinAudiol
Course code
00840
Course type
combined postgraduate (coursework only and thesis only)
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science; Graduate Research School
CRICOS code
033773D

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full-time only
Credit points required
60
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditation
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology is accredited by: Audiological Society of Australia.
Standard course duration
4 years
Time limit
8 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP (master's degree) and RTP (PhD)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Helen Goulios and Dr Helmy Mulders
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take unit(s) to the value of 60 points:

Note: Units to be chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.
Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPHYL5501Audiological Instrumentation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840)
Co-requisites:
for PHYL5501: PHYL5502 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 1, PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System, PHYL5515 Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation
NSPHYL5502Basic Clinical Audiology Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840)
Co-requisites:
for PHYL5502: PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System, PHYL5501 Audiological Instrumentation Part 1, PHYL5515 Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation (except for PhD students, see unit coordinator); for PHYL5512: PHYL5511 Audiological Instrumentation Part 2, PHYL5513 Speech, Language and Communication, PHYL5514 Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis
NSPHYL5510Physiology of the Auditory System
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840) or the Graduate Diploma in Human Biology (51320) or the Master of Human Biology (53520) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540)
Co-requisites:
for the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) students only: PHYL5501 Audiological Instrumentation Part 1, and PHYL5502 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 1, and PHYL5515 Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation
NSPHYL5511Pathophysiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or combined PhD Master of Clinical Audiology (00840)
Co-requisites:
PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2, and PHYL5513 Speech, Language and Communication, and PHYL5514 Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis
NSPHYL5512Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840)
Co-requisites:
for PHYL5502: PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System, PHYL5501 Audiological Instrumentation Part 1, PHYL5515 Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation (except for PhD students, see unit coordinator); for PHYL5512: PHYL5511 Audiological Instrumentation Part 2, PHYL5513 Speech, Language and Communication, PHYL5514 Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis
NSPHYL5513Speech, Language and Communication
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840); and PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System
Co-requisites:
PHYL5511 Audiological Instrumental Part 2, PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2, PHYL5514 Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis
NSPHYL5514Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840); and PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System
Co-requisites:
PHYL5511 Audiological Instrumentation Part 2; PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2; PHYL5513 Speech, Language and Communication
NSPHYL5515Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840)
Co-requisites:
PHYL5501 Audiological Instrumentation Part 1 and PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System, PHYL5502 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 1
N/APHYL5610Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840); and completion of 48 points in the degree
Co-requisites:
for PHYL5610: PHYL5615 Advanced Clinical Audiology part 1, PHYL5613 Audiology Practice Management, PHYL5616 Audiology Research Project Part 1; for PHYL5617: PHYL5611 Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 2, PHYL5612 Community and Workplace Audiology and PHYL5614 Audiology Research Project Part 2
N/APHYL5611Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840); and completion of 48 points in the degree
Co-requisites:
for PHYL5615: PHYL5610 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 1, PHYL5613 Audiology Practice Management, PHYL5616 Audiology Research Project Part 1; for PHYL5611: PHYL5612 Community and Workplace Audiology, PHYL5614 Audiology Research Project Part 2, PHYL5617 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 2
N/APHYL5612Community and Workplace Audiology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840); and completion of 48 points in the degree
Co-requisites:
PHYL5611 Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 2; PHYL5614 Audiology Research Project Part 2; PHYL5617 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 2
N/APHYL5613Audiology Practice Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840); and completion of 48 points in the Master of Clinical Audiology
Co-requisites:
PHYL5610 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 1; PHYL5615 Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 1; PHYL5616 Audiology Research Project Part 1
N/APHYL5615Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840); and completion of 48 points in the degree
Co-requisites:
for PHYL5615: PHYL5610 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 1, PHYL5613 Audiology Practice Management, PHYL5616 Audiology Research Project Part 1; for PHYL5611: PHYL5612 Community and Workplace Audiology, PHYL5614 Audiology Research Project Part 2, PHYL5617 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 2
N/APHYL5617Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840); and completion of 48 points in the degree
Co-requisites:
for PHYL5610: PHYL5615 Advanced Clinical Audiology part 1, PHYL5613 Audiology Practice Management, PHYL5616 Audiology Research Project Part 1; for PHYL5617: PHYL5611 Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 2, PHYL5612 Community and Workplace Audiology and PHYL5614 Audiology Research Project Part 2

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(1) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

(2) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 94, a miminum score of 27 in the Writing section, a miminum score of 23 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 24.

(3) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 65 and no sub-score less than 65.

(4) The UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course does not satisfy the english language competency requirements for admission to this course.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) an honours degree of at least 2A level, or a qualification recognised as equivalent by the Board of the Graduate Research School (the Board) and the Faculty; and

(b) satisfied the requirements of Doctor of Philosophy Rule 2;

(2) A current National Police Certificate, National Criminal History Check or equivalent certification from country of residence, indicating no criminal conviction. The currency of a National Police Certificate or a National Criminal History Check is 12 months.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 60 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. Students who—

(a) do not pass units to a points value of at least half the total points value of any units in which they remain enrolled;

or

(b) fail a unit that they have previously failed;

or

(c) do not satisfy the Board through relevant reports that their progress towards the PhD has been appropriate,

will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Unless the Faculty and the Board approve otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress in accordance with Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Supplementary assessment

13. The Academic Council has granted permission for an opportunity for supplementary assessment to be granted to a student who—

(a) obtains a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in any of the units: PHYL5501/PHYL5511 Audiological Instrumentation Part 1/Part 2; PHYL5502/PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 1/Part 2; PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System; or PHYL5515 Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation;

or

(b) obtains a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in a unit in which they are currently enrolled and which is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.

Submission of research proposal

14.(1) A student must provide a research proposal through the Head of the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology and supervisor(s) within six months from the date of first enrolment for the degree.

(2) The research proposal provided by the student in accordance with (1) must be forwarded by the Head of the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology to the Board for its approval.

Credit

15. The Faculty, after seeking appropriate advice, may grant credit towards the degree of Master of Clinical Audiology up to a maximum of 48 points for work previously completed towards that degree at this University.

Time limit

16. Unless the Faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology permits otherwise, students must complete the units required under Rule 7 within four calendar years from the date of first enrolment in the combined course.

Qualification for award

17. A student who completes the units required under Rule 7 and completes the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy will qualify for the degrees of Master of Clinical Audiology and Doctor of Philosophy.