Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology and Speech Sciences (PhD)

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Audiology and Speech Sciences
Program Components
Faculty of Medicine
School of Audiology and Speech Sciences


The only program in British Columbia to educate audiologists and speech-language pathologists, the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences (SASS) offers a solid academic foundation, valuable opportunities for practical experience, and a stunning location in which to study.

The School gives students a strong theoretical foundation, equipping them with problem-solving abilities that will last throughout their careers. The academic component is enhanced by externships: real-life experience in the field, where students learn and work alongside practitioners. State-of-the-art teaching labs, research, and study areas create an ideal learning space, while the city of Vancouver provides an enjoyable and beautiful locale.



TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Career Outcomes

7 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 7 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):

RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (3)
Universite de Saint-Boniface
University of Alberta
Kuwait University
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
BC Family Hearing Resource Society
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Executive Director
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$899.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,453.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Applications   1 2 1 1
Offers   1 1   1
New registrations   1 1   1
Total enrolment 5 5 4 5 6

Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Bernhardt, Barbara (Phonetic and general language development, First Nations English dialects and implications for assessment and intervention )
  • Ciocca, Valter (Perception and production of normal and disordered speech )
  • Herdman, Anthony (Brain dynamics that underlie many psychological phenomena involved in auditory and visual perceptions, attention, language and memory)
  • Howe, Tami (Acquired language disorders, aphasia)
  • Jenstad, Lorienne (hearing aids, aging, audiology, hearing health, amplification)
  • Marinova-Todd, Stefka (bilingualism, second language acquisition, language development, literacy, ESL children, children at risk of language difficulties, language disorders in bilingual children and adults, Bilingual language development and second language acquisition, language and literacy development in ESL-learners, cognitive development of biligual children, autism)
  • Shahnaz, Navid (Hearing, noise, audiology, ears,  effect of personal listening devices (iPods) on hearing, hearing in infants and adults,   high frequency thresholds, Diagnostic audiology, effect of personal listening devices (iPods) on hearing)
  • Small, Susan (Understanding of the maturation of hearing through investigations of peripheral (external ear to 8th nerve) and central (brainstem to cortex) processing)
  • Small, Jeff Alan (Acquired language disorders, dementia, aphasia, adult language processing )
  • Stacey, Jocelyn (Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Public Law, Regulatory and Legal Theory)

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Foong Yen Chong
    "Background noise is one of the biggest challenges for people with hearing loss. Dr. Chong examined the effects of hearing aid noise reduction on Mandarin speech sounds. She found that noise reduction did not impede novel speech sound identification. Her findings have implications for the widespread use of noise reduction systems in hearing aids." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Glenda Mason
    "Dr. Mason studied school-aged children's speech in long words, that may impact learning to read. Her results indicated that children with a history of speech therapy had difficulty with multi-syllabic words even though they were able to pronounce short words. Her work also contributed a clinical measure for assessing speech in long words." (May 2016)
  • Dr. Daniel Lucien Bérubé
    "Dr. Bérubé compared the language and reading skills, in both English and French, of Anglophone and ESL students in French immersion programs. He found that by Grade 6, all students had developed equally strong skills. This confirms that French immersion programs are viable for all students in promoting bilingualism in the official languages in Canada." (November 2013)
  • Dr. Monique Joanne Charest
    "Dr. Charest's doctoral research investigated the ways in which children of different ages plan and produce sentences. Her research examined how the time needed to call up words from the lexicon affects the grammatical planning of young children.. This is one of few existing studies to explore these processes in very young speakers." (November 2012)
  • Dr. Hadeel Salama Ayyad
    "Dr. Hadeel Ayyad analysed the development of the speech skills of typically developing Kuwaiti Arabic-speaking preschool children, documenting types of word structures and speech sounds acquired by age 4. Her research project set some of the groundwork for the development of a phonological assessment tool for Kuwaiti Arabic." (November 2011)

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