Flexible: gain a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master's qualification
2nd for Research Quality (Aural & Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020)
Modules can be taken independently as continuing professional development
Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (most recent REF, 2014)
Key information, entry requirements and fees
Mode of delivery: Blended learning (mainly distance learning but with some essential face to face delivery)
Duration: Three years (part-time)
Start date: October
Fees (2021/22): £10,350 (£575 per 10 credits)
*Please note, this is the indicative cost for 2021/22 entry and in accordance with University policy, tuition fees may increase in future years of study.
- 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 typically possess 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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.
- 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.
Course outline and what you will study
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.
As an audiologist or healthcare scientist, studying this course will enhance your clinical practice and research skills in addition to developing your level of specialisation. This will enable you to better assimilate and process academic knowledge to provide complex rehabilitation to adults with hearing needs.
The programme is based on blended-learning to enable it to be conducted while you remain in practice and applying the knowledge you gain from lectures to complete you assignments and case records based on theory and evidence-based practice.
The number of taught elements taken at any time is flexible:
- MSc. programme requires six taught modules (120 credits) to be undertaken along with a research methods tuition and written research dissertation (60 credits total) (all within 5-6 years)
- DHearing Therapy requires nine taught modules (180 credits) plus a full practice-based research project (all within 6-7 years)
- Research Methods is a core module for MSc. and doctorate students.
Taught modules are available once per year, with start dates 1st October, and are either 15 or 30 credits each (nominally equivalent to 150-300 hours of student learning). All modules (excluding Hearing Therapy Counselling and Communication Skills) consist of remote access lectures with online tests for feedback and a module coursework assignment, such as an essay related to the module.
- Hearing Therapy Counselling and Communication Skills: this module is taught on campus face to face over five days in a block of three days (October) and two days (January)
- Tinnitus Management
- Adult Rehabilitation
- Health Behaviours
- Evidence Based Practice
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
- Research Methods
- Research Proposal
- MSc research project
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.
Learning, teaching, assessment and staff
This course is delivered via blended learning - primarily with distance learning as well as some essential on campus face to face delivery.
Modules are either 15 or 30 credits. Core learning modules for Hearing Therapy (Hearing Therapy Counselling and Communication studies and Health Behaviours ) are both 30 credits. This is equivalent to 300 hours of student learning. The dissertation (60 credits) comprises modules in research methods and a research proposal as well as a final research project. 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.
Course Director: Dr Helen Pryce
Your future career prospects
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).
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