by Dr Amr El Refaie
This new MSc Audiology is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland to qualify individuals to practice audiology. The programme was developed in response to a call from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Health Services Executive (HSE) to provide clinical education in Audiology, following the National Audiology Review by the HSE, which identified the urgent need for highly qualified audiologists at the national level in Ireland. Audiologists are clinicians responsible for managing patients of all ages suffering from hearing and/or balance problems. Their role involves the diagnosis and management of such conditions, sometimes in partnership with other medical professionals. Audiologist work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, community clinics and private clinics with all ages from new-borns to the elderly to provide a client-centred approach to intervention and management of hearing loss and balance problems.
The course is a full time 2 years program, a combination of academic and clinical components. The academic component is taught mainly at the university, while part of the clinical component is achieved through clinical placements in different health care sites during the two years and all over the country. The academic program uses a mixed delivery approaches, varying from lectures, seminars, Problem-Based-Learning tutorials, and on-line activities to achieve our goal of graduating confident, reliable and able clinicians.