UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course titleDoctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology
Award abbreviationPhD, MClinAudiol
Course code00840
Course typecombined postgraduate (coursework only and thesis only)
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science; Graduate Research School
CRICOS code033773D
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull-time only
Credit points required60
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationDoctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology is accredited by: Audiological Society of Australia.
Standard course duration4 years
Time limit8 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP (master's degree) and RTP (PhD)
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Goulios and Dr Helmy Mulders

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
N/A = not available in 2017; 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 2018 or 2019.

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

Note: Units to be chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.

Group A

N/APHYL5501Audiological Instrumentation Part 1
N/APHYL5502Basic Clinical Audiology Part 1
N/APHYL5510Physiology of the Auditory System
N/APHYL5511Audiological Instrumentation Part 2
N/APHYL5512Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2
N/APHYL5513Speech, Language and Communication
N/APHYL5514Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis
N/APHYL5515Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation
NSPHYL5610Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 1
NSPHYL5611Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 2
NSPHYL5612Community and Workplace Audiology
NSPHYL5613Audiology Practice Management
NSPHYL5615Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 1
NSPHYL5617Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 2

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



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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. 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.

Admission requirements

4. 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;


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


(c) a current National Police Certificate indicating no criminal conviction.1

1 Currency of National Police Certificate 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;


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


(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;


(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;


(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.


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.