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PgDip/ MSc Audiology (Pre-Registration)

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- This course includes 34 weeks of structured placements throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.
- It draws on scientific principles to inform clinical practice.
- Practical skills are taught on campus and students have access to a wide range of

This course provides a fast-track route to an audiology qualification for individuals who hold a degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline (linguistics, psychology, physics, behavioural science, biomedical science, speech and language therapy or some combination of these).

Audiologists work with patients to identify and assess hearing and/or balance disorders, recommending and providing appropriate rehabilitation and management. An audiologist will assist in the promotion of normal communication as well as the prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the following: hearing and/or balance disorders that arise in the peripheral and/or central auditory and/or vestibular systems; functional hearing disorders; and central auditory processing disorders.

An audiologist should also be able to identify developmental or acquired disorders of speech, language and language processing caused by a hearing loss, and make referrals to an appropriate professional.

The course is organised in three broad strands. You will study supporting subjects such as linguistics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, neurology and research methods. You will learn theoretical audiology knowledge relating to hearing and balance, and you will carry out an element of professional practice through placement-based and university-based learning of practical clinical skills, clinical decision-making, reflection and professional issues. Knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the theoretical modules are integrated and applied to clinical practice throughout the course.

EXIT AWARDS: PgDip (210 credits plus 160 credits at level 10)
MSc (210 credits plus 60 credit dissertation plus 160 credits at level 10)

Delivery: At QMU and on placement

Single Modules: N/A

Duration: Full-time: 2 years (PgDip)/ 2.5 years (MSc)

Start date: September

Application deadline: July

Teaching, learning and assessment: The course is taught using a variety of interactive learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, group work, role-play and interactive computer sessions.
Development of interpersonal skills and professional skills and attitudes are also a major focus of the learning and teaching programme. Learning activities are guided using web-based programmes. A variety of assessments are used for example essays, individual presentations, electronic portfolios, group discussions, case studies, practical skills as well as a final dissertation. Class sizes are normally 10 - 15 students.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying. In most instances, the taught elements of this course occur over three consecutive days. It is suggested that students use the other days for independent study.

Links with industry/professional bodies: The course provides graduates with eligibility to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) in the United Kingdom.

First or second class honours degree in a science or related subject (eg mathematics, physics, biological sciences, psychology, linguistics, speech language therapy).

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 or equivalent with no element below 6.5.

Criminal records check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Home/EU - full-time: £8500 per year

Home/EU - full-time, dissertation: £950

International - full-time: £15990 per year

International - full-time dissertation: £2760

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
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Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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15 credits: Neurology for Speech Therapy and Audiology/ Linguistics and Culture in Signed and Spoken Languages/ Advanced Audiological Assessment/ Multidisciplinary Working

30 credits: Audiological Assessment/ Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation/ Technology for Hearing Impairment/ Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation/ Research Methods

Level 10 credits

20 credits: Audiological Clinical Skills/ Professional Practice for Audiology
40 credits: Clinical Audiology 1,2 & 3 (placement modules)

If studying for the MSc you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Graduates may work within the National Health Service and private sector. There are also career opportunities for research in universities and research institutes.

Case study: Emma Saunders, MSc Audiology (Pre-Registration)

I always wanted to work directly with people and to provide support, empathy and encouragement to them. I knew that I wanted to work within a hospital setting, yet I was unsure what speciality. I decided to do some work experience in various areas of a hospital to get a better insight and developed an interest in audiology, especially as I have two elderly family members who are hard of hearing.

When looking at going to university after I finished school, unfortunately there was no audiology degree courses running in Northern Ireland (I wasn’t keen on moving away from home when I was 18 years old). I looked into all my options and decided to do a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy at Queens University Belfast, with the hope of progressing onto this pre-registration course at QMU to enable me to become an audiologist.

In my final year at Queens, I completed a dissertation on 'Deaf awareness training in medical schools within the United Kingdom and Ireland', which involved working with RNID (now known as Action on Hearing Loss). Additionally, following graduation I went to a local hospital to shadow an audiologist to give me a greater understanding of what they did every day within the clinic, and the work they carry out. These both reinforced my decision that audiology was a suitable career for me.

I have just completed my first year of this course and I have found it very interesting and enjoyable. It involves attending lectures, seminars, clinical skills sessions, hearing aid manufacturer days, and 34 weeks of clinical placement over the two years - a real good mix of theory and practical work. The support I receive is very good at QMU as well as on clinical placement. Each student has a personal academic tutor to turn to for advice over any personal concerns or worries that they may have and all staff are very friendly and approachable. Lecturers also keep in touch when I’m on placement to ensure that it’s going well.

I am really enjoying my days on placement: they include varied appointments and have really helped me build up confidence and my abilities. The appointments have included performing diagnostic tests at a busy ENT clinic (ears nose and throat), seeing patients who have been referred from their GP or ENT consultant for hearing aid provision, issuing and fitting hearing aids, repairing hearing aids and testing young children, as well as babies who have been referred for hearing tests from the newborn hearing screening program. This can be challenging working with a wide range of people from newborn babies to the elderly, but extremely rewarding and fulfilling work. There are 3 x 11-12 week placements throughout the two years and this provides great opportunity to put theory into practice. Within the university there is a good range of audiology equipment to practice with, and a number of sound proof booths.

When I graduate, I hope to get a job as an audiologist in an NHS trust with the aim to have a positive impact on the life of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and enhance the quality of their lives.



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