Quercus Postgrad Scholar 2017/18

By Naomi Kilroy (Studying for MSc Audiology)

My first month in UCC has been a bit of a whirlwind. I moved to Cork on a Sunday and began my course the following day. It’s taken a few weeks to familiarise myself with the city and campus but (with the help of google maps) I’m getting there!

Cork is a great city, there’s always a good buzz around town or college. The streets are vivid and lively, and you can stumble across some cool street art (as pictured above) in lanes and alleyways. The bars and restaurants are constantly busy but there are also plenty of cultural things to do including visiting museums, galleries and whichever festival may be on offer that week. So far I’ve managed to attend events for the Cork International Short Story festival, the Folk festival and Oktoberfest. I’m looking forward to the famous Jazz fest that will take place at the end of this month.

The course I am undertaking is a 2-year Masters in Audiology. It’s the only course of its kind in Ireland and it focuses on clinical experience. UCC has a state-of-the-art Audiology clinic located in the Brookfield Health Sciences building and I have been observing patients and training with the equipment there since day one. The course interested me due to the unique nature and hands-on teaching approach (it consists of over 1000 hours clinical placement). I am already very impressed by the organisation of the course, despite it being a relatively new one (the first set of graduates will be conferred this month). There are 11 of us undertaking the course this year. It’s a lovely class size for getting to know one another and we’ve already become very close 🙂

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