Course units include: Auditory Assessment and Management; Vestibular Assessment and Management; Audiotory Science; Sensory Aids; Foundations of Paediatric Audiology; Practical, Clinical and Professional Studies; Acoustics and Calibration; and Research Methods.
The programmes aim to prepare students for careers in health or education services, or for research posts. Job prospects in audiology are good and likely to continue so given the current extensive modernisation.
To qualify as a non-medical audiologist in the UK students must take one of two routes, both of which are NHS-funded.
-A four-year BSc in audiology, including a clinical training year
-A postgraduate MSc or diploma in audiology followed by a clinical training period, for those with a first degree in a relevant science subject
These entry routes lead to state registration by the relevant bodies for clinical physiologists and clinical scientists.
A single career ladder and unified pay scale are to be introduced for all non-medical audiologists in the NHS as part of the government¿s Agenda for Change programme. This will apply to existing audiologists (or MTOs), audiological scientists and hearing therapists as well as to new practitioners.
Progression and assessment
Assessment is by written examinations, assignments, placement report and clinical log book and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations).
A research dissertation of approximately 12,000 words is also mandatory for all students undertaking the MSc in Audiology, but not for the postgraduate diploma (this is the sole distinction between the two qualifications).
All students have a personal tutor who can be called upon for support in academic work and for personal tutoring and advice. The University has the third largest academic library in the UK, and a particularly commended area covers the needs of students on this course, with the Deaf Education collection being of particular historical importance. All teaching materials from the MSc/PGDip are available online via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
The School's audiology staff are closely involved with the modernisation of audiology services throughout the UK and are therefore well equipped to pass on the skills and knowledge necessary for modern audiologists