Melbourne Speech Pathology and Audiology Q and A

Audiologists and speech pathologists are in high demand. According to Service Canada, “job opportunities will arise primarily through employment increase, but also from the need to replace people retiring. There is little turnover in this occupation. Some audiologists and speech-language pathologists are turning to university teaching positions or to management. In general, university graduates usually find work soon after completing their studies and remain employed throughout their career.”

If you’ve applied to the University of Melbourne’s Master of Clinical Audiology or the Master of Speech Pathology, or are considering applying for the 2015 intake, you may have some questions regarding the entry requirements about your program of interest. OzTREKK has gathered a quick FYI about audiology and speech pathology programs at the University of Melbourne.

University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne

Master of Clinical Audiology and the Master of Speech Pathology FAQs


How many applicants are accepted into each program?
Approximately 45 students (total) are accepted into each program.

How many applications does Melbourne receive each year?
For the 2012 selection round, the university received approximately 40 international applications for both courses.

How are applications assessed?
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 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 or speech pathology; and
  • the applicant’s personal statement.
Students should also include their Grade 12 results. The Selection Committee may also request an interview or contact the applicant’s referees to assess the applicant’s suitability for a clinical career.

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.

Why are Grade 12 results important?
Melbourne would like to see a student’s entire academic record. If Grade 12 results are not available, students should provide an explanation for this in their application. Applicants with very little science or maths in the undergraduate degree may be considered more relevant if they have studied these subjects at Grade 12 level. Mature-age applicants with higher degrees in a relevant area do not need to include their Grade 12 results.

What is the average GPA required for entry?
The GPA changes each year with the pool of applicants. Some years see a higher average than others, but it’s reasonable to assume that if students have a third year average of less than 70% it is unlikely that they would be offered a place. In 2012, the lowest second round offer was made to a rank of approximately 72% for audiology and 75% for speech pathology.

What is considered a “relevant” degree?
While preference is given to students from a science/health/linguistics/psychology background, the University of Melbourne has accepted students from engineering, music, and some arts and education programs. Each application is assessed on its merits and other factors such as highly relevant work experience may be considered in some cases.

Are referees required?
Yes. Students must include the contact details of employers, lecturers or any suitable person who can comment on their personal attributes and ability to undertake the course.

Is learning sign language mandatory?
It is not necessary to know 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.

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne has developed to be a leading international player in hearing research, largely due to its role in the development and improvement of cochlear implants and their application. The cochlear implant now provides hearing to more than 100,000 completely or profoundly deaf people in more than 60 countries around the world.


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