How many applicants do you accept?
We take around 60 applicants into the course.
How many applications do you receive each year?
For the 2015 selection round we received 220 local applications and around 30 international applications.
Can I take the courses part time or by distance?
No. These are professional entry post-graduate degrees with practical sessions and clinical contact hours scheduled concurrently with lectures.
How will you assess my application?
The Selection Committee will consider applications from individuals with a science, biomedical science, health-related or other relevant degree that is equivalent to a three-year Bachelor's degree from an Australian university. The selection process will involve consideration of the following:
- the applicant's complete academic record, with emphasis on the final year/s of the undergraduate degree;
- any postgraduate study;
- the relevance of previous studies to the field of audiology;
The University of Melbourne is committed to attracting students of the highest calibre. Entry to these courses is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process.
Note: Due to the expected number of applicants, we are not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
Can you give me an idea of the Weighted Average Mark required for entry?
The WAM changes each year with the pool of applicants. Some years see a higher average than others but it's reasonable to assume that if you have an average of less than 70% it is unlikely that you would be offered a place. First round, Commonwealth Supported Places are generally awarded to the highest ranking students.
What is considered a "relevant" degree?
While preference is given to students from a science/health/linguistics/psychology background, we have in the past accepted students from engineering, music, and some arts and education programs.
What can I do to improve my chances of getting into the course?
Put simply, the higher your marks, the better your chances are of being offered a place. If you don't have the marks to be shortlisted you may wish to consider taking further studies to boost your weighted average mark, such as a postgraduate certificate or diploma in a relevant area. We do not make recommendations on a study plan or provide advice on courses but any science or human health-related area is relevant (including psychology and linguistics).
Please note: All subjects in the Master of Clinical Audiology will not be offered through CAP. Students considering further study should be aware that taking CAP subjects does not guarantee a place in the course. The marks for further study will be taken into consideration.
Should I learn Auslan?
It is not necessary to know Auslan or sign language to be an audiologist or a speech pathologist. If you have a client who is a member of the signing deaf community, an interpreter will usually attend the appointment.
I won't have my transcript by the closing date. What can I do?
You should include the transcripts you do have and forward your final one to us when you receive it. (University of Melbourne students do not need to include their transcripts as staff can access them from the student system.)
Can I apply for Advanced Standing or RPL?
No Credit or Advanced Standing is granted for Clinical Audiology. All students, regardless of your prior learning or work experience, will have to complete all the components listed in the Course Handbook.
If I'm offered a place can I defer?
No. You should apply for the year you would like to begin study. If you decline your offer you are welcome to apply again the following year but as the pool of applicants changes from year to year there is no guarantee you will be offered a place again.
What's the difference between a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and a full-fee place?
Part of the fees for CSPs are funded by the Commonwealth Government and the balance is paid by the student. Students can defer the balance through the FEE-HELP scheme. Full-fee places are funded entirely by the student but can be deferred through the FEE-HELP scheme.
I applied for a Commonwealth Supported Place but was offered a full-fee paying place. Why did this happen?
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are awarded on academic merit. Depending on where you are in the final ranked list will determine what type of place you are offered. We will offer you a full-fee place regardless of whether you have applied for one or not, as you may wish to consider the offer.
Can I transfer from another course within Australia or New Zealand?
As the courses are structured differently, we do not allow transfers from another university. You are welcome to apply using your current transcripts but you will be required to start the course from the beginning if you are offered a place.
I have to work to support myself. How many hours will I be required to attend university?
The course is full time, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm or 1pm to 6.30pm depending on the course and the day of the week. Lectures, pracs, and clinics are scheduled during these hours. These courses are professional entry Master's degrees at the University of Melbourne and as such require commitment and hard work to succeed. We recommend that students keep paid employment to a minimum. We do not use the central university timetabling system and schedule all our classes in-house. Students will be given their timetables on the first day of classes.
Can I go on to further study?
Students who show an aptitude for research may be considered for PhD studies within the Department.
How can I find out more?
Check the University website for dates of Open Days, Expos and information sessions throughout the year. There will be demonstrations and presentations about Master of Clinical Audiology at most of these events.