The Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology offers a wide range of expert specialisations, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders of hearing, vestibular function, speech, stuttering, swallowing and voice.
The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology’s Graduate Research strives to improve health and well-being in adults and children living with audiological, communication and swallowing disorders. The Department offers graduate students a multidisciplinary research environment which supports research derived from clinical experience. Graduate researchers are encouraged and supported to produce academic publications and to maximise the broader impact of their research.
The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology is seeking high achieving students who are committed to driving evidence-based practice change and to having real-world impacts for individuals with hearing, swallowing and communication difficulties. With tailored options of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) pathways, graduate students will be supported by our expert specialists throughout their research journey with the overall goal of improving clinical and patient outcomes.
We offer a diverse range of projects that traverse bench to bedside, including joint PhD opportunities with other national (e.g., Joint projects with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital) and international institutions (e.g., Joint Toronto-Melbourne, and Melbourne-Manchester PhD pathways).
New career opportunities include the fields of advanced diagnostic audiology, digital health, neurological disorders, genetic bases of child speech disorder, neurobiology of speech and language disorders, developmental or acquired speech and language disorders, stuttering, intervention studies, epidemiological research. Graduate research and PhDs are also crucial in opening pathways to leadership positions. We are supportive of students who wish to continue in their clinical practise and therefore enrol in part-time study.
Applying for Graduate Research
Students are required to engage with a potential principal supervisor before they submit their application. The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology will work with students to match their research interests with the Department’s key specialisations and to assist them in identifying the most appropriate supervision team. Scholarships are awarded to student applicants with the highest Weighted Average Marks (WAM).