Understanding all aspects of Human-Robot interaction: the programming that coordinates a robot’s actions with human action as well the human appreciation and trust in the robot.
At present, there are many sensors and actuators in every device – so they may become embedded in a physical reality. For robots that move around in a specific setting there is a pressing need for the development of proper methods of control and joint-action. The embedded, embodied nature of human cognition is an inspiration for this, and vice versa. Computational modelling of such tasks can give insight into the nature of human mental processing. In the Master’s specialisation in Robot Cognition you’ll learn all about the sensors, actuators and the computational modelling that connects them.
Making sense of sensor data – developing artificial perception – is no trivial task. The perception, recognition and even appreciation of sound stimuli for speech and music (i.e. auditory scene analysis) require modelling and representation at many levels and the same holds for visual object recognition and computer vision. In this area, vocal and facial expression recognition (recognition of emotion from voices and faces) is a rapidly growing application area. In the area of action and motor planning, sensorimotor integration and action, there are strong links with research at the world-renowned Donders Centre for Cognition.
At Radboud University we also look beyond the technical side of creating robots that can move, talk and interpret emotions as humans do. We believe that a robot needs to do more than simply function to its best ability. A robot that humans distrust will fail even if it is well programmed. Culture also plays a role in this; people in Japan are more open to the possibilities of robots than in, for example, the Netherlands. We will teach you how to evaluate humans’ attitudes towards a robot in order to use that information to create robots that will be accepted and trusted and therefore perform even better.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ai/robot
- We offer a great mix of technical and social aspects of robot cognition.
- This programme focuses on programming robot behaviours and evaluating them rather than building the robots themselves. We teach you to programme robots that will be used in close contact with human beings, for example in healthcare and education, rather than in industry.
- Our cognitive focus leads to a highly interdisciplinary AI programme where students gain skills and knowledge from a number of different areas such as mathematics, computer science, psychology and neuroscience combined with a core foundation of artificial intelligence.
- This specialisation offers plenty of room to create a programme that meets your own academic and professional interests.
- Together with the world-renowned Donders Institute, the Max Planck Institute and various other leading research centres in Nijmegen, we train our students to become excellent researchers in AI.
- To help you decide on a research topic there is a semi-annual Thesis Fair where academics and companies present possible project ideas. Often there are more project proposals than students to accept them, giving you ample choice. We are also open to any of you own ideas for research.
- Our AI students are a close-knit group; they have their own room in which they often get together to interact, debate and develop their ideas. Every student also receives personal guidance and supervision from a member of our expert staff.
The programme is closely related to the research carried out in the internationally renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. This institute has several unique facilities for brain imaging using EEG, fMRI and MEG. You could also cooperate with the Behavioural Science Institute and work in its Virtual Reality Laboratory, which can be used to study social interaction between humans and avatars.
An example of a possible thesis subject:
- Engaging human-robot interactions in healthcare for children and/or the elderly
Social robots are often deployed with 'special' user groups such as children and elderly people. Developing and evaluating robot behaviours for these user groups is a challenge as a proper understanding of their cognitive and social abilities is needed. Depending on the task, children for example need to be engaged and encouraged in a different way than adults do. What are effective robot behaviours and strategies to engage children and/or elderly people? How can these robot behaviours be evaluated in a proper way?
Our Artificial Intelligence graduates have excellent job prospects and are often offered a job before they have actually graduated. Many of our graduates go on to do a PhD either at a major research institute or university with an AI department. Other graduates work for companies interested in cognitive design and research. Examples of companies looking for AI experts with this specialisation: Philips, Siemens, Honda, Mercedes, Google. Some students have even gone on to start their own companies.
Examples of jobs that a graduate of the specialisation in Robot Cognition could get:
- PhD Researcher on Cognitive-Affective Modelling for Social Robots
- PhD Researcher on Automatic analysis of human group behaviour in the presence of robots
- PhD Researcher on Automatic analysis of affective quality of conversations in human-robot interaction
- Advisor and innovation manager in the healthcare industry
- Social robotics and affective computing for robots expressing emotions
- Developer of control algorithms for using optic flow in drones
- Advisor for start-up company on developing new uses for tactile displays
- Team member in design of emotion recognition and training for autistic children
Half of your second year consists of an internship, giving you plenty of hands-on experience. We encourage students to do this internship abroad, although this is not mandatory. We do have connections with companies abroad, for example in China, Finland and the United States.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ai/robot
We are experiencing an unprecedented growth of the elderly population, which brings older people and the related challenges of ageing into more prominence than ever. The challenge presented by the growing ageing society calls for new experts with up-to-date knowledge and original innovations. Due to biological findings, we can anticipate ongoing improvements in the length of our lives and expect a future with more years to live. Given the complexity of this field and its relevance to all populations, the Master Vitality and Ageing is interdisciplinary, intergenerational and international.
Optimal ageing is not only a matter of how to maintain good health up to the highest ages. It is even more important how to remain independent and how to participate in valuable social activities. For this, vitality is a prominent new concept. This international Master course will provide you with extensive knowledge and dedicated academic skills, which will enable you to contribute to enhancing the lives of elderly people. Your knowledge on ageing will be increased by three major perspectives: biological, individual and societal. You will be prepared to play a role in improving the future of our ageing society.
The Master Vitality and Ageing in Leiden might then just be what you are looking for!
Become a qualified music therapist to facilitate people’s move towards well-being through specific therapeutic aims using a primarily non-verbal relationship in music. Music Therapy as practised in Great Britain is largely based on improvisation, the music being the shared, and the spontaneous creation of client and therapist.
The Music Therapy programme offers training for competent, practising musicians to become therapists, bringing together their skills, education and other life experiences. On completion of the training, graduates are eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration, with the ability and flexibility to practice within the NHS, Social Services, education or private sector.
Essential to music therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. At Roehampton we have chosen to base our Music Therapy training programme on the use of psychoanalytic ideas to inform our understanding of the therapy process and the ways the client works with the environment, the therapist and the music. Broader theories and ways of working are also studied in order to equip students to meet a range of clinical need. Other styles of music, including song writing, the use of technology and pre-composed music are also used as appropriate to the need of the individual.
The course emphasises your emotional development as a practitioner, together with clinical exploration through critical enquiry. In addition to this, students must be prepared to enter mandatory individual personal therapy for one year of the training.
Music Therapists work within a wide range of clinical settings, individual and group work. They work with people of all ages; from infants and young children through to elderly adults. Music therapy can benefit people with a wide range of difficulties or challenges, including mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism, dementia and neurology, as well as people experiencing serious illness such as cancer or those who have experienced trauma.
The programme aims to encourage a critical and evaluative approach to both theory and practice in music therapy. It is designed to prepare students for work with children and adults with a range of disabilities and illnesses, and placements usually include work with children and adults with learning disabilities, autism and Asperger’s syndrome and mental health problems.
After visits to a variety of workplaces which offer music therapy, you will undertake individual and group work in two contrasting settings over six months, January to June (first placement) and September to February/March (second placement).These clinical placements will provide you with music therapy work experience alongside qualified Music Therapists. You will also participate in an experiential group, which gives you an opportunity to develop your own self-awareness and examine personal and group dynamics through verbal and musical processes. In addition, it is a requirement for you to find and fund personal individual therapy outside the course.
Key areas of study include human development and growth and the clinical context for music therapy, clinical improvisation, observational studies, music therapy theory, clinical case work and supervision, introduction to research and your dissertation. Personal development and reflection on this is central throughout the programme.
Here are examples of the modules:
Music Therapists work within a wide range of clinical settings. They work with people of all ages; from infants and young children through to elderly adults. Music Therapists work within statutory services (such as the NHS, education or social services), within charities and private organisations, and in private practice. To find out more, you can join the British Association for Music Therapy.
Geriatric medicine is an expanding, acute speciality. With increasing numbers of elderly people the need for specialist training will continue.
This comprehensive course is offered in collaboration with the North Western Postgraduate Medical Deanery and will ensure that the theory underpinning knowledge is delivered alongside and applied to the clinical situation. It meets the needs of clients and physicians and ensures that a quality service is delivered effectively and efficiently. It is a modular course delivered off-site on a part-time, day release basis.
All teaching will endeavour to be evidence-based, holistic and multi-disciplinary, recognising that there is more to modern practice than simply technical medicine. It is a modular course delivered off-site on a part-time, day release basis.
Medical Ethics and Law
Medical Teaching and Communication
Health Service Management
General Principles of Ageing
Common Diseases of the Older Adult I
Common Diseases of the Older Adult II
Psychiatry of Old Age
Medicine for the Older Adult
This exciting and innovative course will enable you to gain a critical appreciation and in-depth understanding of the theoretical background underpinning your speciality. It also provides an opportunity to critically evaluate and appraise the current contextual and practice issues involved in the delivery of your specialist field.
This part-time course is the only one of its kind in the UK. The Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy with Children will train you to facilitate philosophical dialogue with children – and with adults – in a range of settings. The course is not just for teachers, it’s for anyone that wants to lead people in the discussion of philosophical ideas.
The class runs on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8.30pm.
You’ll undertake three compulsory modules in the following order:
You'll spend time practicing your own philosophical reasoning by participating regularly in dialogue at your own level. As students often come from a range of backgrounds, different practices and contexts are explored. Assignments are designed to support students in their practice. There are opportunities for those who have completed the course to get involved in research in Philosophy with Children and to speak at practitioners’ conferences about the topic.
This course involves a lot of student participation. Module one includes some interactive lecture input as well as philosophical dialogue. Modules two and three will be more tutorial-based with some more formal lecture input but participative group work is used throughout.
We try to invite speakers who will be of interest to students. Dr. Catherine McCall, who worked with Matthew Lipman and who brought Philosophy with Children to Scotland, is a guest speaker, as are class teachers with relevant experience of Philosophy with Children.
There's a range of assessment used in the course, including practical elements, written essays, portfolios and a logic exam. You'll receive regular formative feedback and are given summative feedback in all assignments. There's also opportunities for one-to-one feedback sessions.
The majority of students on the course are teachers who work with children between the ages of three and eighteen, though not all work in school settings. Several students have come from different areas such as business, community education, youth justice and working with the elderly.
Those who have chosen to undertake this course have found that it has helped develop relationships with those they work with in their class or work setting. Employers have been keen to recognise that doing practical philosophy is likely to enhance pupils’/colleagues thinking and reasoning skills.
The radicalisation of Muslim youth is continually in the news and high on the political agenda. What has scientific research revealed about the causes and background of this issue? How should the government and societal actors handle this trend and which policy is effective? An ageing population leads to increasing healthcare costs. How should care for the elderly be structured in order to make it personal and affordable again? The virtual and physical world are increasingly merging. What role does the internet play in shaping political and social movements' ability to self-organise?
As society becomes more complex, the demand for experts continues to expand. In the one-year Master’s programme Contemporary Social Problems, you will be trained to become an expert on one important social theme. You choose one contemporary issue in which you will specialise:
You design your own track in this Master’s programme, in which you quickly and rigorously immerse yourself in your specialisation. You will learn about the state-of-the-art in current scholarship. You will become an expert, trained in multidisciplinary thinking. In addition to sociology as your core subject, you will also take courses in the social psychology and social geography of your chosen theme, allowing you to tailor your education to your personal and professional interests.
In this programme, you will learn to translate theory into practice, by using scientific knowledge to design effective concrete (policy) advice for companies or governmental organisations. You will also learn to present research results to a wider audience.
There is a significant focus on your transition to the labour market. You will meet experts working for relevant organisations in the professional field. We will help you find an internship, so that you can gain practical work experience. The practical skills you acquire will be very useful during your internship and in your future career: you will learn more about conducting interviews, communications, time management and designing policy advice.
During this Master’s programme, you will be thoroughly trained to analyse and advise on contemporary social issues. You will develop yourself into an academic professional and an expert on your chosen theme. The boundary between public and private is often transcended, which means that once you complete the Master’s, you can work in both the private and (semi) public sectors. Potential careers include applied researcher in the corporate world, policy advisor at a ministry or municipality, advisor, project coordinator or consultant.
As a physiotherapist, you can make a real difference to the way people function physically, socially and psychologically. Physiotherapy aims to make the most of an individual's abilities through health promotion, preventive healthcare and rehabilitation.
Through this course you build on your prior learning to develop a critical understanding of contemporary physiotherapy practice. You gain the skills to be a safe, reflective, autonomous, professional practitioner able to manage clients across their lifespan in a variety of settings. Core skills underpinning physiotherapy include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and functional movement analysis. Appropriate intervention is underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and problem solving within the context of an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share aspects of learning with students from other allied health professions to promote teamwork and an appreciation of how other disciplines contribute to healthcare. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Students studying this programme who obtain an NHS bursary can't also apply for a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company. From September 2018 funding for this programme will change. The website will be updated once this has been confirmed.
On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council..
In Stage 1, you study the core sciences underpinning physiotherapy practice. You are introduced to a range of physiotherapy interventions which are responsive to client need and underpinned by evidence-based approaches to practice. You also explore professional issues in health and social care. During this stage you complete three clinical placements where you assess and treat your own patients under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists. You may be allocated placements within paediatrics, elderly care, learning disabilities and mental health services in addition to acute, medical, musculoskeletal and neurological areas. Clinical placements are arranged by academic tutors and you should be prepared to travel for some placements.
In Stage 2 you complete three more clinical placements. You must complete 1,000 hours of satisfactory clinical practice to meet the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You also develop your knowledge of the sciences underpinning physiotherapy and further explore the professional development of the physiotherapist and research methods.
In Stage 3 you complete your dissertation.
Stage 1 core modules
Stage 2 core modules
Stage 3 core modules
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
Various learning and teaching methods are used throughout the course and include keynote lectures, seminars and small-group work as well as practical laboratory sessions. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning to prepare for practical sessions and seminars.
How you are assessed
Assessment is varied and reflects module learning outcomes. You are assessed by written assignments, oral presentations and practical examinations. In the interests of professional safety, you must complete all modules successfully. Essential competencies for this course include:
Clinical placements are assessed at undergraduate level.
Opportunities are available for employment within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts – in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry and in the community. You could also consider a career working in clinical research or teaching, in the UK or overseas.
Our MSc Audiology course is aimed at science graduates who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of audiology.
The course focuses on the theoretical, practical and clinical basis of the science of audiology, including the identification, assessment, rehabilitation and management of adults and children with audiological and vestibular dysfunction.
Our course includes two short clinical placements in the north-west - one in an NHS audiology department and one in the independent sector - to help you gain valuable practical experience while you learn.
You will learn from internationally recognised experts at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD) while studying on this course.
Once you have completed this MSc, you will need to undertake a further clinical training programme called the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) to achieve clinical competency and eligibility for registration as a qualified audiologist or hearing aid dispenser practicing in the UK. Non-EU students are not eligible to apply for the CCC programme.
Manchester offers this further clinical training through the CCC, which is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).
Places on the CCC are limited, as we are constrained by regional clinical placement training capacity in the NHS. Places on the CCC are therefore offered via a competitive entry process which involves an interview, technical assessment and communication task in Semester 2 of the MSc Audiology course.
When considering applicants for the CCC, we seek individuals who have the personal qualities and skills required to succeed in a clinical training environment, including:
All successful applicants who are offered a CCC place will be allocated a clinical training placement in the north-west.
Please note that there is no funding available for the CCC programme and successful applicants will be required to self-fund travel costs, accommodation costs and the CCC programme fees. The CCC programme fees are currently £4,500 and are reviewed annually.
Information for international applicants
The CCC is only open to EU applicants. Non-EU applicants are not eligible to apply for a position on this course. We strongly advise international applicants to check if clinical training programmes are available to them in their home country before considering undertaking the MSc Audiology course at Manchester.
This course aims to:
You will have the opportunity to attend some professional practice lectures and workshops alongside healthcare scientists from a variety of fields.
Gain valuable practical experience through two one week clinical placements, one in an NHS audiology department in the north-west and the other in the independent sector.
You will be required to design and complete a research project as part of the course, helping develop your research skills and giving you the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest within audiology.
This course is led by members of the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), an internationally recognised multi-million pound hearing research programme. Manchester's hearing health research is benefiting as part of a £28.5 million investment through the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, so MSc students will benefit greatly from studying in an intensive and high-quality research environment.
Many of the staff involved with this course are actively involved in either scientific or pedagogical research. Where possible, members of staff teach course units related to their research interests, so they are able to keep their teaching informed and up to date.
A large number of the teaching staff are also clinically trained audiologists, hearing therapists or hearing scientists.
We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, small group work, student-led seminars, problem-based learning and online learning.
In addition, you will be required to undertake independent study to further develop and consolidate your learning.
To develop clinical skills, you will be required to undertake practical skills training as part of the course.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
We use a variety of assessments within individual course units and across the course as a whole. All assessments require students to integrate knowledge and understanding, and apply this to your own practice relevant to the outcomes of each unit.
Assessment methods include:
A substantial and mandatory component of the MSc involves the design and completion of a high-quality research project. The research project component represents 33% of the MSc (ie 600 hours or four months' full-time study).
The project is completed under supervision in an area related to audiology. The research project is an opportunity for you to consolidate much of your previous learning and to pursue a specialist area of interest that is relevant to your future career in audiology.
You will use high-quality laboratory equipment and facilities for the teaching of practical skills. You will have access to these facilities outside of timetabled sessions to facilitate individual practice of procedures that carry minimal risk.
You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .