The MAuD Degree - Department of Communication Disorders - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Master of Audiology Degree

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 administrative 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. A number of scholarships are available to MAud students.

The programme includes

  • 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
  • CMDS 651 Foundation Topics in Audiology
  • CMDS 652 Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation
  • CMDS 653 Audiological Rehabilitation
Semester 2
  • CMDS 655 Advanced Topics in Audiology
  • CMDS 656 Advanced Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation
  • CMDS 657 Advanced Audiological Rehabilitation
* Note that a Year 1 grade average of B is normally required for entry to the thesis.

Entry requirements

Entry to the MAud is competitive, with the selection based on academic merit. Student numbers are limited to around 14 per 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.

Potential students will be invited to an interview with Departmental Representatives as part of the application process.

Successful applicants have come from a diverse range of backgrounds, so even if you are not from the health sciences, we encourage your application.

Frequently Asked Questions


To apply

Applications close 1st October. Documents will be made available closer to this time.

Department of Communication Disorders
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
Tel: +64 3 364 2431

Email enquiries may be sent to the Postgraduate Coordinator.


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