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MSc Advanced Hearing Therapy Practice

MSc Advanced Hearing Therapy Practice

Entry requirements

See below for further details

This course is for you if you are an audiology or healthcare science practitioner looking to enhance your understanding and practice of hearing rehabilitation and research.

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Flexible: gain a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master's qualification
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2nd for Student Satisfaction (Aural & Oral Sciences, 2017 Complete University Guide)
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Modules can be taken independently as continuing professional development
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4th overall (Aural and Oral Sciences, 2017 Complete University Guide)

Mode of delivery: Blended learning (mainly distance learning but with some essential face to face delivery)

Duration: Three years (part time)

Entry requirements:

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • Applicants must posses a good honours degree (minimum upper 2nd class) from a recognised university.
  • We will also consider applicants with relevant professional experience on a case by case basis.
  • International applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. (Please note due to the delivery method, this course cannot be taken by students who require a Tier 4 visa).
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements.
  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. 

Start dates: 1 October 2018

 How to apply:

  • Apply here 
  • The application deadline is 31 August 2018.
  • If you are applying close to the deadline, please ensure you have all supporting documentation ready for the application.

For 2018 entry:

  • £9,900 for full MSc

The course aims to allow graduates with an interest in audiology and related fields e.g. psychology, speech and language therapy etc, to enhance their understanding and practice of adult rehabilitation and research.

The main goal of this course is to enhance the clinical practice and research skills of audiologists and healthcare scientists, and to develop their level of specialisation. This will enable them to better assimilate and process academic knowledge to provide complex rehabilitation to adults with hearing needs.

You are able to use gain credit for this course within the Aston Flexible Credit Accumulation Framework and continued professional development. This module provides a flexible route if you wish to expand your knowledge and skills by studying one or more modules whilst also managing their working commitments. It also offers a taster of studying at this level without committing to a whole programme.

You have the option of taking each of the three stages of this course in order, or it is possible to exit the course at any of the stages, enabling you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset. 

Some modules are available as standalone modules, or as part of the Aston University School of Life & Health Sciences Flexible Credit Accumulation Framework.

PgCert:

  • Hearing Therapy (20 credits, 5 days on campus delivery and online support): This module aims to equip you with the knowledge base to support provision of a service for patients with a wide range of hearing related problems. The module will enable you to develop and use a range of counselling and communication skills. This will enable people with hearing disorders to make informed choices about management options, and to appreciate the ways in which change and development can be sustained through effective helping relationships.

  • Tinnitus Management (20 credits, online delivery): This module will enable you to recognise what is needed to develop and deliver rehabilitative services for people with tinnitus, and related difficulties such as hyperacusis.  It will enable you to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness in managing patients or clients with tinnitus and / or hyperacusis.

  • Adult Rehabilitation (20 credits, online delivery): This module introduces the topics of acoustics & psychoacoustics, the function & disorders of the auditory system, audiological assessment, and management of hearing disorders in adults. It encourages students to engage with evidence-based decision making and to develop the higher thinking skills that are essential for practice as a healthcare scientist.

PgDip:

  • Evidence Based Practice (20 credits, online delivery): This module aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of evidence-based practice in healthcare and its role in service improvement..
  • Health Behaviours (20 credits, online delivery): This module introduces you to concepts such as fixed health factors, personality, risk perceptions, physical activity, smoking, screening, binge-drinking, health behaviour change and theory-based health interventions to support patients in managing a range of health conditions.
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation (20 credits, online delivery): This module aims to provide you with a theoretical understanding of the basic principles and practice of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. It also considers implications for service delivery. You are required to either have experience in vestibular assessment in clinical practice or undertake pre-requisite study in this area.

MSc:

  • Research Methods (20 credits, on campus delivery and online delivery): The overall aim of this module is to ensure that the practitioner has the underpinning knowledge of the importance of research, development and innovation across the NHS, particularly in healthcare science, and in particular to provide the underpinning knowledge for the research project.
  • Research Project I (20 credits, on campus delivery and online delivery): The module aims to develop your skills in evaluating research, research design, analysis and interpretation. You will be encouraged to acquire an in-depth practical understanding of work that is at the forefront of research into healthcare science.
  • Research Project II (20 credits, on campus delivery and online delivery):  You will complete a research project that shows originality, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in healthcare sciences. It will build on the learning from the second year research method module.

This course is delivered via blended learning - primarily with distance learning as well as some essential on campus face to face delivery.

All taught modules are worth 20 credits each, equivalent to 200 hours of student learning. Modules consist of remote access lectures with electronic formative assessments and a module coursework assignment such as reflective case records, or an essay/literature review related to the module.

As the course is mainly delivered via distance learning, you will benefit from our comprehensive virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Blackboard is used throughout the course in all areas of teaching including delivery, revision and assessment. 

For parts of the course delivered on campus, you will be taught in recently refurbished lecture theatres, which make use of latest AV technology.

Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form. The newly refurbished and extended Aston University Library is open 7 days a week all year round, and at key times of the academic year, it is open 24 hours a day on 6 days a week.

These and our other CPD courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

Rehabilitation continues to be a core part of providing audiological care. Audiology patients are predominantly service users for life and their needs are only partly addressed by technological solutions. The importance of continuing to deliver rehabilitation opportunities beyond hearing aids and to support education and social care provision of services has been recognised in the recent Department of Health Action Plan (April 2015).

Mrs. Amanda Casey
Director of Audiology Programmes, Aston University

Dr Helen Pryce
Senior Lecturer in Audiology

Mrs. Amanda Casey
Director of Audiology Programmes, Aston University
Hearing Therapist
Chair Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists

Dr Rachel Shaw
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Richard Cook 
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Rebecca Knibb
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Mrs. Rosemary Monk

Clinical Teaching Fellow

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