Flexible: gain a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master's qualification
Ability to remain in practice and apply the knowledge you gain from your studies.
Modules can be taken independently as continuing professional development
Enhance your clinical practice and research skills and develop specialisation to provide complex rehabilitation to adults with hearing needs.
Course outline and modules
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 your 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) This module provides the foundational skills in communication and use of counselling approaches in Hearing Therapy. The module also covers common practices within Hearing Therapy and scope of practice with a range of patient/client groups.
This module introduces students to therapeutic practices in tinnitus management. Students critically engage with approaches and evidence on treatment approaches in tinnitus.
This module examines therapeutic approaches to rehabilitation and the use of technology (including hearing aids).
This module introduces students to the application of and use of evidence in clinical practice and the importance of well informed change strategies in practice.
This module introduces approaches in vestibular rehabilitation and examines the needs of people with vestibular disorders.
Health Behaviours & Behaviour Change Interventions
This module introduces students to the model of health behaviours and their role in explaining and predicting how individuals engage with healthcare. Students learn how to plan programmes of intervention and examine effectiveness.
Dissertation I: Research Methods & Proposal
This module teaches students about the range of research methodologies used ion healthcare and supports the planning of individual project proposals and protocols.
Dissertation II: Research Project
This module enables students to conduct original studies in the field of Hearing Therapy and audiology, using a wide range of methods. Students work individually and in small groups with supervisor support.
You are able to 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.
Mode of delivery: Blended learning (mainly distance learning but with some essential face to face delivery)
Duration: Three years (part-time)
Start date: October
- 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.
Learning, teaching, and assessment
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
Fees (2024/25): £650 per 10 credits
At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.
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 Department of Health Action Plan (April 2015).
Speak to our Admissions Team
If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:
Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 10am-4pm BST)
Please click here for guidance on completing the postgraduate application.
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