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IN BRIEF. You will gain inter-agency and inter-professional perspectives that will enhance your future collaborative practice. Your learning experience will be designed to support your current practice and career aspirations. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will gain inter-agency and inter-professional perspectives that will enhance your future collaborative practice
  • Your learning experience will be designed to support your current practice and career aspirations
  • In addition to knowledge, skills and valuable new contacts, you'll receive a highly-regarded qualification that will enhance your employability
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

The course examines health, wellbeing and work (or other meaningful occupation), bringing together the disciplines of occupational and vocational rehabilitation. A bio-psychosocial model will be explored, with a work focused approach, as opposed to a condition-focused one, in order to facilitate and support people to stay in work or return to work. 

During your time with us, you'll consider the health and wellbeing of employed and unemployed individuals as well as the perspectives of a range of key players such as the employer, human resources, managers of people, health and social care professionals, occupational health practitioners, employment advisers, case managers, the voluntary sector etc.

The aim is to develop your critical awareness of the issues that play a part in the areas of occupational and vocational rehabilitation, the perspectives of key stakeholders and strategies to improve practice and collaboration. The course takes a systematic, multi-disciplinary approach - one grounded in research and ethical principles.

This course is important because there is so much still unknown about helping and supporting people with health conditions, either directly into work or helping them retain work. We’re learning all the time. It’s about making a difference to an individual’s life.

Nicholas Edwards, MSc Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation graduate

COURSE DETAILS

  • Examine the social, organisational and political contexts of employment
  • Explore the relationships between health and work; building your skills for analysing and improving practice in relation to the individual needs of the client/patient
  • Learn preventative and rehabilitative strategies focused on the needs of individuals and organisations
  • Examine the current social, organisational and political context of employment, from different perspectives
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in relation to occupational and vocational assessment and rehabilitation
  • Acquire crucial skills in evaluating, challenging, developing and implementing evidence-based practice that has real-world application

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course has a full-time and a part-time route:

  • Full-time - three 14-week semesters over one year
  • Part-time - six 14-week semesters over three years

TEACHING

If you take the course on a full-time basis, you will be required to complete two 30-credit modules per semester, across three semesters over a year.

As a part-time student, you'll take one 30-credit module per-semester, and two semesters each year over a three year period.

The course is delivered through:

  • Face-to-face taught sessions on-campus
  • Online learning through our virtual learning environment

You will explore the course material via lectures, engagement in tutor and peer-led group work, and study in our virtual classroom. You will also receive support in setting up and familiarising yourself with relevant IT and media resources. 

You will also have the chance to participate in academic tutorials via email, telephone or Skype. And you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support services.

You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will act as a mentor and guide for the duration of your journey through the programme.

CONTACT HOURS

Modules run over a 14-week semester with three semesters per academic year:

  • Semester one – September to January
  • Semester two – February to June
  • Semester three – July to September

Each module sits within one of these semesters and whether you choose to study part or full time determines whether you will do one or two modules per semester. The only module that runs across semester three is the Research Project (if you are taking the full-time route). There are no modules running over the summer for the part-time route.

For each module time on campus will be organised in blocks: one week (30-34 hours) at the start of the module (plus a campus assessment day at the end of some of the modules). However, there may also be some flexibility and potential for use of online assessment in some circumstances.

There is independent/directed study (some online) to further your learning and development when not in University.

ASSESSMENT

Some course modules include room for negotiation with your tutors about how you will be assessed. This is to ensure that the methods of assessment meet your learning needs, your interests and the demands of your workplace.

Assessment methods can include:

  • Written assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective assignment
  • Personal development plan
  • Empirical research/ evaluation project
  • Literature review
  • Paper for submission to a journal

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course will demonstrate how to solve complex problems and think critically and creatively to achieve goals in assisting people to stay in work or return to work.

These skills are highly sought after in occupational and vocational rehabilitation practice industries that are placing ever greater emphasis on evidence-based, cost-effective and efficient service provision.

These skills are also vital for those working in organisations managing staff health and wellbeing and sickness absence. 

The course programme will also enhance your cognitive abilities and effectiveness in inter-professional collaboration – skills and attributes that will make you very attractive to a prospective employer.

You should consider taking this course to progress in an industry that you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

Guest speakers make a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real-world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These sessions allow you to mix with professionals from industry, make contacts, set up placements and conduct research.

FURTHER STUDY

Graduates from the MSc Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation may choose to consider ongoing research based study.



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Examine the social and political obstacles that individuals with illness, injury and disabilities may experience relating to work. Read more
Examine the social and political obstacles that individuals with illness, injury and disabilities may experience relating to work. You learn about the ways in which these can be overcome and gain the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to support these people in finding, remaining in or returning to work.

This course is particularly useful if you work in employment-related areas, such as:
-Occupational health.
-Occupational therapy.
-Physiotherapy.
-Human resources.
-Employment services.
-Rehabilitation.
-Disability services.

As a student, you benefit from the flexibility that online distance learning offers, studying at a time that is convenient to you and fits in with your career and lifestyle. It also gives you the opportunity to study with people from different professions both from the UK and abroad, learning together and sharing your experiences. You are encouraged to work together, sharing knowledge and skills through guided e-tivities.

The course has been designed so that you can personalise your approach to learning, studying the modules relevant to your particular area of work or interests. It also provides the variety and flexibility to allow you to tailor your learning needs to your own continuing professional development.

Studying on this course enables you to be at the forefront of political changes relating to work and welfare reform. This is a good way to enhance your employability in your chosen area of work and allow you to engage in best practice with your service users.

After completing the postgraduate certificate, you can progress to PgDip and MSc through our Advancing Professional Practice framework.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgcert-vocational-rehabilitation

Course structure

Online distance learning – typically 1 year. All delivery is online using a range of creative learning resources such as video clips, digital stories, e-lectures, wikis and blogs in a virtual learning environment (VLE). Starts September.

Course structure
The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.

Core module
-Fundamentals of vocational rehabilitation (30 credits)

Option modules (30 credits from)
-Ergonomics and human factors at work (30 credits)
-Occupational approaches to health and wellbeing (15 credits)
-Work-based learning project (15 or 30 credits)
-Personalised study module (15 or 30 credits)
-Understanding and applying cognitive and perceptual processing (15 credits)

Assessment
Assessment methods include: written assignments; reports; development of practical resources; case studies; personal reflections.

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Counselling Psychology (CNPS) offers a Master of Arts Program that is accredited by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Our masters CNPS programs allow students to focus on one of the four areas for which we have accreditation. Read more

Counselling Psychology (CNPS) offers a Master of Arts Program that is accredited by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Our masters CNPS programs allow students to focus on one of the four areas for which we have accreditation.

  • Community and Agency Counselling
  • Counselling in Higher Education
  • School Counselling
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling.

Our Mission

The Counselling Psychology Program, in line with the mission of the research-intensive University of British Columbia, creates, advances and critically examines knowledge in counselling psychology, especially with respect to its validity, applicability, limits, and interface with other disciplines. In developing and applying pertinent and innovative research methodologies, the Counselling Psychology Program relies upon and builds qualitative and quantitative evidence to determine effective counselling interventions in educational, community, health, and occupational settings.

Our Culture & Core Values

The Counselling Psychology program recognizes the critical importance of diversity in our rapidly changing and globalized society, and provides leadership in emphasizing culturally-based considerations in learning, human development, assessment and counselling. In addition to its cultural lens, our program embraces positive, growth-oriented, and developmental perspectives across the lifespan. Attention is also paid to the complex ecological influences on individuals, groups and communities. Our faculty members’ programs of research reflect the core values and foci of the discipline of Counselling Psychology: career development, health and wellness, indigenous healing, gender and cultural diversity, disability, and social justice issues. Our Master’s and Doctoral programs address the needs of individuals, couples and families across the lifespan in terms of research, teaching and counselling practice.

Our Mandate

Our graduate programs adhere to the scientist-practitioner model. Rigorous theoretical and research training is integrated with the development of core counselling competencies. In addition to our core curriculum at the Master’s and Doctoral levels, our students can specialize in community, school, higher education or vocational rehabilitation counselling. Our programs focus on the education of the whole person – promoting not only students’ professional development, but also helping them to realize their intellectual, physical, and emotional potential. Faculty view their roles as facilitators of learning rather than providers of information, and strive for excellence in their research, teaching, and community and professional engagement. The mandate of our programs is the preparation of professional counsellors, counselling psychologists, and scholars in the field of Counselling Psychology.



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Aimed at graduates of related subjects, our MSc Sport Rehabilitation offers BASRaT (British Association of Sport Rehabilitation and Trainers) accredited training in orthopaedic sports medicine diagnostics, injury prevention, and recovery. Read more

Aimed at graduates of related subjects, our MSc Sport Rehabilitation offers BASRaT (British Association of Sport Rehabilitation and Trainers) accredited training in orthopaedic sports medicine diagnostics, injury prevention, and recovery. This course offers an exciting array of placement opportunities, trauma management training, master classes and voluntary experience, all delivered by our expert team who will support you to achieve Graduate Sports Rehabilitator status.

What the course offers

Designed to help you get to the top in the field of injury rehabilitation and prevention, our British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) accredited Master’s degree in Sport Rehabilitation focuses on clinical diagnostics, patient management, and the comprehensive rehabilitation of musculoskeletal issues.

Based in Bolton One, the University of Bolton’s specially designed sports and health teaching and research centre, this practically-focused course covers injury diagnostics, specialised early and late stage rehabilitation, trauma management and movement analysis. Practical laboratory and clinical work are essential elements of the course, and we host two commercially-active facilities on campus to support this – our Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic and our Athlete Development Centre. We also work with an extensive network of partners, offering external professional placements with professional sports teams, private clinics, and orthopaedic departments.

Our dedicated team of experienced academic practitioners have worked at all levels of elite and professional sport. We wish to share our expertise and passion to help you gain a high-level of academic and theoretical knowledge (for evidence-based practice), and the professional, vocational, and practical skills needed to be a successful clinician in this exciting and dynamic field of sports healthcare.

Course Highlights:

  • Graduates of this Sport Rehabilitation Master’s degree will be eligible to join BASRaT, and subsequently use the title of Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR).
  • You’ll be expected to gain a minimum 400 hours of professional experience before joining BASRaT, giving valuable, hands-on, real-life experience of clinical practice under the mentorship of experienced clinical supervisors. Our extensive network of industry contacts and partners means we can offer a wide variety of placements in sports teams, private clinics, and the Ministry of Defence.
  • We offer an integrated level two Immediate Care in Sport trauma course, endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), which helps to prepare you for your professional placement module.
  • You’ll have opportunities to engage with research that influences the Sport Rehabilitation profession and enhances your evidence-based practice.
  • We offer the opportunity to undertake an academically-credited student exchange and internship in the USA.
  • Guest speakers in current practice in elite level professional sport with expertise in the orthopaedic, sports and private practice arenas contribute to the course, providing an authentic perspective from experienced professionals to further enhance your learning and employability.

Key Features:

  • Our highly-qualified lecturers are Chartered, State Registered or BASRaT-accredited, have extensive experience in elite full-time sport, are all in clinical practice and are involved in current research.
  • Specialist facilities in Bolton One include our practitioner-led Sports and Spinal Injuries Clinic, our Athlete Development Centre, hydrotherapy and swimming pools, a rehabilitation suite, a strength and conditioning suite, sport and exercise laboratories focusing on physiology and biomechanics, fully equipped teaching clinics, and much more.
  • You’ll be encouraged to attend relevant master classes, external courses and voluntary events, such as sports massage for professional teams, to enhance your learning. These help you to make contacts in the industry and contribute to your professional development.
  • Alongside specialist sport rehabilitation knowledge, you’ll have the chance to further develop your skills in research, data collection and evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, as well as in areas such as communication, presentation, team working, and problem solving.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, specialist sports and clinical teaching facilities, and excellent IT and library services. You’ll also be able to access a great range of recreational sport and exercise facilities for when you need to exercise your body instead of your mind.

For more information, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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Occupational therapy practice is concerned with enhancing the daily lives of individuals with a very broad range of physical, mental health or social needs. Read more
Occupational therapy practice is concerned with enhancing the daily lives of individuals with a very broad range of physical, mental health or social needs. As an occupational therapist you will work with clients to improve function and enable them to fulfil the demands of their daily lives with greater satisfaction. You will work with people of all ages from all walks of life, in hospital, in the community, in their place of employment or in their home, and have the opportunity to work in a very wide variety of professional practice areas.

The fundamental aim of the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) programme is to enable you to graduate with a master’s degree in occupational therapy and be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK. The Degree does not provide eligibility to practice in any other country although the degree is WFOT recognised.

HCPC approved and COT/WFOT accredited

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/occupational-therapy-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Graduates from this programme will be fit for purpose, practice, and award in the UK. We enable you to develop a profound understanding of the potential for occupational therapy to promote the health and wellbeing of the population. Skills acquired will be evidenced based, innovative and give you the capacity to make a significant contribution to the profession, specifically contribute to excellence in client care and the professional knowledge base. On successful completion of the degree and 1000 hours of clinical practice education you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a registered Occupational Therapist in the UK.

- Many of our graduates go on to further educational development at PhD/DPhil and professional doctorate level. We are mindful of the anticipated transformation of practice over the next 20 years as well as the changes to demographics and the political innovation resulting in the widening participation agenda. We therefore aim to attract graduate students, who are academically able, demonstrate appropriate values of self-determination, motivation and critical awareness of learning needs and show potential for leading leadership, innovation and research.

- Based in Oxford, the environment for learning is rich with diversity, culture, specialist health and social care resources, academic resources as well as close commuting links to London.

- Our programme is staffed by occupational therapists expert in diverse clinical specialities, and supported by occupational therapy practice educators from all areas of mainstream and specialist practice. Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and have reputations for excellence with established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

- This course benefits from shared and inter-professional education opportunities, in addition to profession specific ones, to develop the professional qualities and attributes for current and future health and social care practice.

- Our ongoing investment in a new technology infrastructure is enabling the teaching team to exploit successful technology-enriched learning throughout the programme. We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills and communication suites and resources. We run a weekly Hand Therapy clinic and a monthly Community Occupational Therapy Assessment Clinic for the public. Students are invited to observe other qualified OT's working in these clinics.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, inter-professional education and collaborative practice.

- Established in 1938, we are the oldest School of Occupational Therapy in England, and have one of the best occupational therapy library collections in the country.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

MSc in Occupational Therapy is taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy.

Pre-registration Masters students will be taught alongside the undergraduate students in all occupational therapy specific modules. These will be identified with different module numbers and names to those of the undergraduate programme. This dual level teaching in classroom will provide you with the opportunity to learn the core skills and specific attributes of occupational therapy alongside the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy students.

However, the pre-registration Masters students are provided with an enhanced level 7 learning experience with module specific tutorials to explore a more critical and evidence based approach to the subject matter and thus develop professional competence in academic, research and digital literacy, critical thinking and personal self-awareness.

Our approach will require you to actively engage in these Masters level tutorials and become self-directed, innovative, creative and critical learners. Teaching will assist you to construct knowledge through the analysis, synthesis and conceptualisation of your learning experiences, thus developing a lifelong approach to learning. This supports employability in a marketplace that demands adaptability, continuous development and leadership.

You will have the opportunity for face-to-face and virtual learning activities. Our inter-professional module is taken alongside other health and social care pre-registration master's level students, enabling you to prepare for the interdisciplinary work you will encounter in the health and social care environment.

Working at master’s level, you will focus on developing your knowledge in occupational therapy, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

This master's degree will:
- Enable you to be a reflective, proactive, innovative and adaptable occupational therapy practitioner, with the ability to critique research and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence in a wide variety of practice settings.

- Develop a critical understanding of the theory of occupation and teach you to challenge existing models and approaches used in occupational therapy from an informed perspective.

- Provide opportunities to develop your ability to work both independently and as part of a team in the context of social, technological, administrative and policy changes.

How this course helps you develop

This course is mapped against the University's postgraduate attributes so that all occupational therapy graduates are equipped with the skills of academic literacy, digital and information literacy, global citizenship, research literacy, critical self awareness and personal literacy. These attributes are in addition to the NHS core values of respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, and aspiring to improve the lives of others where everyone counts and we work together for patients.

Careers

The majority of graduates from the occupational therapy degrees work as qualified and registered occupational therapists, but there are increasing opportunities to work in non-specified professional roles in mental health and community settings. There are also increasing numbers of employment roles that are not explicitly described or advertised as an ‘occupational therapist’ but match the skills specification of an occupational therapist. This is due to the changing nature of health and social care practice and the new and emerging roles and opportunities for occupational therapy.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The Centre for Rehabilitation within the Department of Sport and Health Sciences has strong leadership in the director, Professor Helen Dawes. The Centre brings together research, education and care. It is underpinned by a strong, well-published research group, the Movement Science Group, along with clinical expertise, rehabilitation, knowledge and care of adults and children with neurological conditions. Within the Centre, staff, students and alumni across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences are engaged in a number of research projects.

Examples of ongoing research projects within the faculty:
- Driving rehabilitation - cognitive mechanisms of driving and performance implications for clinical populations

- Fatigue management – Central and peripheral fatigue and mechanisms in clinical populations

- Dual task control in Stroke - influence on community mobility

- Efficacy of Intensive motor learning programmes – Themed (Magic) camps for children with hemiplegia

- Arts in Health Research – collaboration with Breathe Arts Health Research with research opportunities across many arts related activities

- Virtual Reality (VR) technologies – development and implementation of VR technologies in rehabilitation

- Early identification of motor and sensory processing impairments in children

- Sensory processing disorders and impact on function and behaviour in children with autism

- Measurement and monitoring of rehabilitation participation- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Systematic Review of Vocational Rehabilitation for people with TBI

- Therapy for hand writing in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD)

- Monitoring movement in people with neurological conditions – mechanisms and impact e.g. head drop in Parkinson Disorder

- Physical activity impact on sleep, behaviour cognition, health and wellbeing in children with neurodisability

- Falls in people with learning disabilities – an understanding of the impact of anxiety

- A Functional Electrical Stimulation Plantar flexion System for Bone Health Maintenance in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

- Professional development Perspectives of Occupational Therapists working in the NHS and concepts of Occupational Balance, Cultural perspectives and attitude change in professional identity acquisition.

Research areas and clusters

Our staff are involved in research both independently and collaboratively.

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The course programme will suit graduates in Sport Sciences or Physical Therapy who are interested in exercise rehabilitation in particular. Read more

The course programme will suit graduates in Sport Sciences or Physical Therapy who are interested in exercise rehabilitation in particular. It has been designed to be flexible and relevant to the student’s individual needs and interests, with a strong emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. Within the modular structure all students undertake core/compulsory modules in:

Research Skills;

Independent Study (a one to one supervised programme of work leading to the development of the proposal for the Research Project);

Supervised Experience – a module tailored to the needs of the individual and could include directed work with a specified client group or individual patient;

Research Project relevant to the programme being studied.

Research Skills

Research Skills is a double credit taught module. Students study the broad nature of the research process that will allow them to complete, initially, an appropriate Independent Study (in which a research proposal for the Research Project is completed) and subsequently, a full Research Project. The module covers material relevant to the design and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research. It also provides a broad understanding of the benefits and limitations of various research methods, research designs, data collection instruments and data analysis tools. Students are given the opportunity to develop their ability to be critically evaluative.

Specific content includes: Statistical issues in quantitative research and design; Simple and multiple (forced entry, moderated and mediated) regression analyses; Single factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Two factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Single factor and two factor multivariate analysis of variance (with and without repeated measures); Repeated measures analysis of variance using the multivariate solution; Doubly repeated measures analysis of variance; Analysis of covariance; Follow-up procedures for all of the above; Assumptions underpinning all of the above and available options for dealing with violations to these assumptions; Experiments and causal inference; External and construct validity; Experimental and quasi-experimental designs; Correlational and epidemiological research; Reliability and validity in quantitative and qualitative research; Issues in qualitative research and design; Interviews; Single case design and analysis; Observation; Narrative; Ethnography; grounded theory and discourse analysis.

Independent Study

The Independent Study should consist of a critical and concise review of the research literature pertaining to a particular research question. A rationale for the proposed research question must be provided, along with a sound methodology for exploring the research question, planned analyses, and expected outcomes. Further, anticipated problems such as resources, equipment, possible ethical issues, informed consent forms, a statement of feasibility of the project and expected costs must be discussed.

Supervised Experience

The content of this module will be largely student specific and include activities (workshops, directed reading, client based work) that will develop the individual’s personal applied support skills. Initially, students complete an individual self-assessment of their current skills/knowledge base and set personal goals to enable them to improve their applied support skills. All students will attend units (workshops) on Ethics in Research and consultancy, communication and counselling skills and how to conduct a needs assessment. Specific physiology and psychology workshops (e.g. Imagery) will also take place.

Students will complete a contract of intended activities agreed with their supervisor in the first four weeks of their programme of study. This contract may, where appropriate, include the intention to apply to British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) to commence a formally logged Supervised Experience.

A portfolio will then be developed; the portfolio records activities including meetings with supervisor, attendance at workshops, meetings and a plan of work with at least one client, and thought/evaluations of all meetings and workshops (i.e. evidence of reflective practice).

Overview and Format of the Research Project module

The Research Project is an independent piece of research, and acts as the culmination of the academic challenges faced by the student. The module comprises 60 credits (ie equivalent to three double modules) and will formally equate to some 600 hours of student time.

Specifically, this will involve a review of research evidence with the aim of formulating an appropriate research question, and will likely involve some refinement and pilot work. Once achieved, the student will implement a research design and method suited to the area of enquiry. The supervisor provides excellent expert guidance throughout the process.

In addition to the above, students also undertake compulsory modules in Clinical Exercise Physiology (including disease and aging), Exercise Psychology and Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete. This latter module covers theoretical perspectives in sports injury rehabilitation; psychological response to sports injury; the role of confidence in injury and rehabilitation; exercise, training principles and biomechanics of rehabilitation; plus returning the athlete to competition; failure to rehabilitate; current trends in injury rehabilitation research and future research directions; and critical assessment of sports rehabilitation research.

The programme is delivered using a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, practical work, tutorials and role play. Each module comprises approximately 200 hours (including formal contact).

You will also have the opportunity to gain a REPs* accredited Level 2 Gym Instructor vocational qualification free of charge to supplement your MSc academic qualification. This will depend on prior learning and it is expected that MSc students on the Exercise Rehabilitation programme will be able to gain this qualification by carrying out approximately half the typical work load. This vocational qualification is a required qualification within the exercise referral industry.

* Register of Exercise Professionals



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This MSc has been developed in conjunction with the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation for healthcare professionals and people aspiring to work in the rapidly evolving field of cardiovascular rehabilitation. Read more

This MSc has been developed in conjunction with the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation for healthcare professionals and people aspiring to work in the rapidly evolving field of cardiovascular rehabilitation.

You are supported by teaching staff who are active in research that is critical to our understanding of cardiovascular health. The programme is designed for people already working in the field, as well as students without a professional background.

All students receive a grounding in the theory and practice of cardiovascular rehabilitation, and you will apply this knowledge to real life settings. We have strong links with the NHS and the City Healthcare Partnership. Heart patients come to the University twice a week and are involved in our research, which currently includes a UK study to look at the benefits of high intensity training to heart health.

We are currently seeking accreditation to allow students to register for the BACPR exercise instructor training qualification, permitting them to work directly with cardiac patients undertaking structured exercise training programmes in the UK.

The programme is available at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and masters level. It is designed to allow flexible study to enable professionals to continue working

Study information

The course combines theory and practice to give students the knowledge and skills to work directly with patients undergoing cardiovascular rehabilitation in the community. Students will undertake a clinical placement and will also gain advanced academic skills and knowledge to undertake an extended research project.

The MSc is a 45 week programme of full-time study although different levels of award are available:

  • Postgraduate certificate: 3 x 20 credit taught modules taken over an academic year (part-time)
  • Postgraduate diploma: 6 x 20 credit taught modules taken over an academic year
  • Masters degree: Successful completion of the postgraduate diploma stage allows progression to the masters stage which consists of a research project and dissertation written up as a journal article submitted, where possible, to a relevant peer-reviewed national/international academic journal

Part-time routes are also available for the postgraduate diploma and masters.

Semester 1 Modules

  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Essentials of Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Exercise Testing, Prescription and Programming

Semester 2 Modules

  • Psychology of Health and Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease, Treatments and Investigations
  • Professional Practice and Clinical Placement

Semester 3

Dissertation - a supervised, independent research project.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

This programme has been designed as a vocational qualification for professionals and graduates wanting to expand the life chances of people living with heart disease. Many people undertaking this programme of study may already work in the health service.

For these students, the course will strengthen your CV and enable further professional development as you become an expert in your field. People who do not already work in the sector may seek employment within the NHS, or for private healthcare providers, including BUPA and Nuffield Health, or as sports rehabilitators.



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Continuing professional development is a key requirement of health and social care professionals. This flexible course allows you to tailor your studies according to your own development needs. Read more

Continuing professional development is a key requirement of health and social care professionals. This flexible course allows you to tailor your studies according to your own development needs. We have a large number of modules that you can choose from that cover areas including clinical and professional, leadership and management, interprofessional learning and research.

Each module you study awards credit towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters in Advanced Professional Development.

To graduate with an MSc you need to gain 180 level 7 credits. Each module you study will have a credit value and once successfully completed this credit is added to your total. You carry on adding credit until you have achieved your award. Alternatively, you can leave with a postgraduate certificate after you have completed 60 credits or a postgraduate diploma after you have completed 120 credits.

If you study modules that reflect your professional identity and you go on to complete the full MSc, you can graduate with a specialist masters award. The specialist award titles currently available are

  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Nursing)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Leadership)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Paediatrics)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Social Work)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Medicine)

The skills, experience and knowledge you gain enables you to improve your career prospects. You can take on advanced practice roles, gain promotions or widen your career path and access new roles. It is also an opportunity to develop your professional practice, building on expertise you already possess.

The flexible design allows you to choose

  • the amount you want to study depending on your needs
  • the pace you want to work at, allowing you to meet work, personal and study commitments
  • from a wide variety of modules, ensuring that what you learn is directly relevant to you

If you would like advice on choosing the right modules for you, a course tutor can work with you to identify the modules and study path best suited to your needs. It is also worth enquiring about the possibility of gaining credit from any previous study, to help achieve your qualification more quickly.

Find out more about the advancing professional practice framework of modules by visiting our continuing professional development website.

How the framework operates

Once we receive your application, you can meet up with a course tutor. They work with you to find the best modules for your needs. This may be studying an individual module, choosing a selection of modules that enable you to transfer to a course to gain a professional qualification, or to help to identify a clear route through the framework to give you the skills and experience you need to progress your career.

You can decide your pace of study. You may take up to 60 level seven credits every year. We know how hard it can be to combine demanding work and personal commitments with academic study, so the APP framework allows you to step on and step off at each award level. If you have already carried out some postgraduate level study at another university or in the workplace, you may be able to gain accreditation for your previous experience and learning. 

Course structure

Attendance depends on the individual modules that you choose and includes distance learning, block and day study.

You can choose from over 150 modules covering

  • clinical, medical and professional, for example, specialist nursing, medical or physiotherapy modules
  • leadership
  • management
  • professional development
  • interprofessional development
  • research

All health and social care professions are covered by this framework.

If you continue onto the full MSc award you need to complete a research methods module and a dissertation. If you choose a masters award with a specialist title, such as MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing), 60 credits from modules and your dissertation must be related to your specialist area.

Assessment

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • portfolios
  • presentations

Employability

You are able to tailor your learning towards your specific career development needs and aspirations. This is a good way to gain a promotion or alternatively change the course of your career into a different area.

The flexibility and module choice ensure you can develop the skills and knowledge you need to improve your professional practice and progress to advanced practice roles in your profession.



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For over 26 years, the University of Otago has been an exceptional provider of distance teaching in the fields of . Aviation Medicine. Read more

For over 26 years, the University of Otago has been an exceptional provider of distance teaching in the fields of Aviation MedicineOccupational Medicine, and Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport.

The Master in Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) programme is a fully distance-taught that actively encourages international student enrolment.

The University of Otago is a world leader in terms of offering aviation medicine training and professional development for the aviation medicine industry and has 100+ students studying in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This is the only aviation medicine programme in the world to offer distance education. It is supported by academic staff and alumni with strong links to the aviation industry.

Graduates of the programme will meet internationally recognised ‘best practice’ standards for aviation medicine practitioners and are frequently employed by airlines including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Qantas.

The Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) is available through Distance Learning.

Programme Requirements

The programme shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points (normally eight 30-point papers) which shall normally comprise:

At least 180 points selected from

  • AVME 711 Aviation Physiology
  • AVME 712 Human Performance
  • AVME 713 Airport and Travel Health
  • AVME 714 Clinical Aviation Medicine
  • AVME 715 Principles of Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 716 Clinical Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 717 Medical Logistics in Aeromedical Transport
  • AVME 718 Operational Aspects of Aeromedical Transport
  • AVME 719 Aeromedical Studies for Nurses and Paramedics
  • AVME 720 Clinical Analysis in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
  • AVME 721 Clinical Care in the Air
  • AVME 722 Organisation of Aeromedical Systems
  • AVME 723 Managing Occupational Medicine
  • AVME 724 Health and Industry
  • AVME 726 Special Topic
  • AVME 780 Research Project
  • AVME 785 Research Methods
  • AVME 801 Occupational Medicine Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • AVME 802 Vocational Rehabilitation
  • AVME 803 Specialist Aeromedical Retrieval
  • AVME 804 International Assistance Operations

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points.

At least 180 points must be from papers selected from AVME 711AVME 712AVME 713AVME 714AVME 715AVME 716AVME 717AVME 718AVME 719AVME 720AVME 721AVME 722AVME 723AVME 724AVME 726AVME 780AVME 785AVME 801AVME 802AVME 803AVME 804.

Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of (b) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 120 points.

A candidate who has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and TransportPostgraduate Diploma in Occupational MedicinePostgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, or Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine may be exempted from one or more papers in the programme for the degree to a maximum of 120 points.



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There are increasing rates of ill-health resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles. The duties performed by a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) are linked closely to treating patients living with a long term condition in which exercise has been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. Read more

Why take this course?

There are increasing rates of ill-health resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles. The duties performed by a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) are linked closely to treating patients living with a long term condition in which exercise has been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. Specifically, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, stroke, cancer and musculoskeletal limitations remain important health concerns that have all been shown to benefit from regular safe exercise.

Therefore, this innovative course is designed to offer you an interdisciplinary approach to exercise in clinical settings and vocational qualifications and experiences that will enable you to apply theory to practice. The integration of theory and practice within this course will enable you to critically analyse, adapt and modify existing approaches to develop safe and effective physical activity programmes to optimise the health-related fitness of clients.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Obtain lab-based and field skills, as well as the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style.
Gain Register of Exercise Professionals endorsed vocational qualifications in clinical exercise, including exercise referral, cardiac disease, chronic respiratory diseases, stroke, cancer and falls prevention which are essential requirements should you wish to pursue a career as a clinical specialist exercise instructor.
Work with clinicians providing exercise in the management of a range of long term conditions

What opportunities might it lead to?

The programme provides an opportunity to work toward ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification and units aligned to National Occupation Standards for Health and Fitness.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Health and wellbeing physiologist
Bariatric exercise physiologist
NHS trainee clinical scientist
Health advisor
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Exercise Referral Coordinator
Exercise Therapist
PhD Research

Module Details

The modular programme is offered in two formats: Full-time (12 months) and Part-time (24 months). The course includes 120 credits of taught units and it is also possible to study parts of this course for CPD purposes, such as a single credit-bearing unit (30 credits), a postgraduate certificate (PG Cert; 60 credits) or progress to the full MSc. The units contain vocational elements relevant for providing personalised exercise training for a range of medical conditions, including classroom, exercise laboratory and placement learning.

Teaching will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays so attendance on selected weekends is necessary for the vocational training associated with some of the units. Placements take place in areas such as Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth and Chichester and are scheduled according to placement provider requirements during the week. Each unit is generally taught over a three week block, however cardiac rehabilitation requires a longer study period.

Options to choose include 120 credits from:

Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation (30 credits)
Exercise for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (30 credits)
Exercise for Cancer Care (30 credits)
Exercise and Fitness after Stroke (30 credits)
Exercise for Falls Prevention (30 credits)
Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine (30 credits)

Programme Assessment

The delivery format for the course is largely based around seminar, practical, workshop and placement learning to integrate theory into practical sessions. Teaching sessions will include vocational training, seminar and exercise laboratory work, led by leading practitioners in the area of clinical exercise. You will be provided with a personal tutor to assist with academic and pastoral issues.

The course has a problem-based learning approach and you will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-reflection and initiative and problem-based assignments. Here’s how we assess you:

Vocational training (MCQ and case study)
Practical assessment
Presentation
Applied essays
Case studies

Student Destinations

The Schools/Departments delivering the course have strong links with National Health Service partners in the Wessex region and professional training providers in exercise, such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the Register of Exercise Professionals. Graduates of this course possess qualifications to provide exercise in cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise after cancer, exercise after stroke or exercise for falls prevention provided by leading vocational clinical exercise training providers. Having such a skills-set is important for being employable as an exercise physiologist in diverse multi-disciplinary teams, whilst also presenting the opportunity to work as an exercise entrepreneur as your own exercise service manager.

Roles our graduates have taken on include

Exercise referral coordinator
NHS trainee clinical scientist
Health advisor
Cardiopulmonary exercise physiologist
Health and wellbeing physiologist
Bariatric exercise physiologist
NHS physical activities advisor
Private exercise physiologist

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Why take this course?. There are increasing rates of ill-health resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles. Read more

Why take this course?

There are increasing rates of ill-health resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles. The duties performed by a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) are linked closely to treating patients living with a long term condition in which exercise has been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. Specifically, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, stroke, cancer and musculoskeletal limitations remain important health concerns that have all been shown to benefit from regular, safe exercise.

Therefore, this innovative course is designed to offer you an interdisciplinary approach to exercise in clinical settings as well as vocational qualifications and experiences that will enable you to apply theory to practice. The integration of theory and practice within this course will enable you to critically analyse, adapt and modify existing approaches to develop safe and effective physical activity programmes to optimise the health-related fitness of clients.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Obtain lab-based and field skills, as well as the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style.

Gain Register of Exercise Professionals endorsed vocational qualifications in clinical exercise, including exercise referral, cardiac disease, chronic respiratory diseases, stroke, cancer and falls prevention which are essential requirements should you wish to pursue a career as a clinical specialist exercise instructor.

Work with clinicians providing exercise in the management of a range of long term conditions

What opportunities might it lead to?

The programme provides an opportunity to work toward ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification and units aligned to National Occupation Standards for Health and Fitness.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Health and wellbeing physiologist

Bariatric exercise physiologist

NHS trainee clinical scientist

Health advisor

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Exercise Referral Coordinator

Exercise Therapist

PhD Research

Module Details

The modular programme is offered in two formats: Full-time (12 months) and Part-time (24 months). The course includes 120 credits of taught units and a 60 credit Project. It is also possible to study parts of this course for CPD purposes, such as a single unit (30 credits) or top up a related Postgraduate Diploma to a full MSc.

The units contain vocational elements relevant for providing personalised exercise training for a range of medical conditions, including classroom, exercise laboratory and placement learning. The MSc Clinical Exercise Project unit prepares you for your independent project, where you will plan and implement a service evaluation, research project or enterprise & innovation project in the area of clinical exercise.

Teaching takes place on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays, so attendance on selected weekends is necessary for the vocational training included in some of the units. Placements take place in areas such as Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth and Chichester and are scheduled according to placement provider requirements during the week. Each unit is generally taught over a three week block, however cardiac rehabilitation requires a longer study period.

The core unit you will study is:

MSc Clinical Exercise Project (60 credits)

Optional units to choose include 120 credits from:

Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation (30 credits)

Exercise for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (30 credits)

Exercise and Cancer Care (30 credits)

Exercise and Fitness after Stroke (30 credits)

Exercise for Falls Prevention (30 credits)

Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine (30 credits)

Programme Assessment

The delivery format for the course is largely based around seminar, practical, workshop and placement learning to integrate theory into practical sessions. Teaching sessions will include vocational training, seminar and exercise laboratory work, led by leading practitioners in the area of clinical exercise. You will be provided with a personal tutor to assist with academic and pastoral issues.

The course has a problem-based learning approach and you will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-reflection and initiative and problem-based assignments. Here’s how we assess you:

Vocational training (MCQ and case study)

Practical assessment

Applied essays

Case studies

Project report

Poster presentation

Student Destinations

We have strong links with National Health Service partners in the Wessex region and professional training providers in exercise, such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the Register of Exercise Professionals. Graduates of this course possess qualifications to provide exercise in cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise after cancer, exercise after stroke or exercise for falls prevention provided by leading vocational clinical exercise training providers. Having such a skills-set is important for being employable as an exercise physiologist in diverse multi-disciplinary teams, whilst also presenting the opportunity to work as an exercise entrepreneur as your own exercise service manager.

Roles our graduates have taken on include

Exercise referral coordinator

NHS trainee clinical scientist

Health advisor

Cardiopulmonary exercise physiologist

Health and wellbeing physiologist

Bariatric exercise physiologist

NHS physical activities advisor

Private exercise physiologist



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There are increasing rates of ill-health resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles. The duties performed by a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) are linked closely to treating patients living with a long term condition in which exercise has been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. Read more

Why take this course?

There are increasing rates of ill-health resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles. The duties performed by a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) are linked closely to treating patients living with a long term condition in which exercise has been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. Specifically, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, stroke, cancer and musculoskeletal limitations remain important health concerns that have all been shown to benefit from regular safe exercise.

Therefore, this innovative course is designed to offer you an interdisciplinary approach to exercise in clinical settings and vocational qualifications and experiences that will enable you to apply theory to practice. The integration of theory and practice within this course will enable you to critically analyse, adapt and modify existing approaches to develop safe and effective physical activity programmes to optimise the health-related fitness of clients.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Obtain lab-based and field skills, as well as the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style.
Gain Register of Exercise Professionals endorsed vocational qualifications in clinical exercise, including exercise referral, cardiac disease, chronic respiratory diseases, stroke, cancer and falls prevention which are essential requirements should you wish to pursue a career as a clinical specialist exercise instructor.
Work with clinicians providing exercise in the management of a range of long term conditions

What opportunities might it lead to?

The programme provides an opportunity to work toward ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification and units aligned to National Occupation Standards for Health and Fitness.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Health and wellbeing physiologist
Bariatric exercise physiologist
NHS trainee clinical scientist
Health advisor
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Exercise Referral Coordinator
Exercise Therapist
PhD Research

Module Details

The modular programme is offered in one format: Part-time (12 months). The course includes 60 credits of taught units and it is possible to study parts of this course for CPD purposes, such as a single credit-bearing unit (30 credits), as a postgraduate certificate or to complete this PgCert and then top this up to a postgraduate diploma (PG Dip; 120 credits) or progress to the full MSc. The units contain vocational elements relevant for providing personalised exercise training for a range of medical conditions, including classroom, exercise laboratory and placement learning.

Teaching will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays so attendance on selected weekends is necessary for the vocational training associated with some of the units. Placements take place in areas such as Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth and Chichester and are scheduled according to placement provider requirements during the week. Each unit is generally taught over a three week block, however cardiac rehabilitation requires a longer study period.

Options to choose include 60 credits from:

Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation (30 credits)
Exercise for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (30 credits)
Exercise for Cancer Care (30 credits)
Exercise and Fitness after Stroke (30 credits)
Exercise for Falls Prevention (30 credits)
Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine (30 credits)

Programme Assessment

The delivery format for the course is largely based around seminar, practical, workshop and placement learning to integrate theory into practical sessions. Teaching sessions will include vocational training, seminar and exercise laboratory work, led by leading practitioners in the area of clinical exercise. You will be provided with a personal tutor to assist with academic and pastoral issues.

How are you assessed?

The course has a problem-based learning approach and you will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-reflection and initiative and problem-based assignments. Here’s how we assess you:

Vocational training (MCQ and case study)
Practical assessment
Presentations
Applied essays
Case studies

Student Destinations

The Schools/Departments delivering the course have strong links with National Health Service partners in the Wessex region and professional training providers in exercise, such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the Register of Exercise Professionals. Graduates of this course possess qualifications to provide exercise in cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation exercise after cancer, exercise after stroke or exercise for falls prevention provided by leadin vocational clinical exercise training providers. Having such a skills-set is important for being employable as an exercise physiologist in diverse multi-disciplinary teams, whilst also presenting the opportunity to work as an exercise entrepreneur as your own exercise service manager.

Roles our graduates have taken on include

Exercise referral coordinator
NHS trainee clinical scientist
Health advisor
Cardiopulmonary exercise physiologist
Health and wellbeing physiologist
Bariatric exercise physiologist
NHS physical activities advisor
Private exercise physiologist

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The Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc is designed to train students from other disciplines as audiologists. Read more

The Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc is designed to train students from other disciplines as audiologists. This unique two-year programme includes a 12-month clinical placement and provides the core knowledge, skills and clinical competencies necessary for employment as an audiologist and/or hearing aid dispenser.

About this degree

The programme provides a detailed study of the hearing and balance mechanisms, their structure, function, pathology and assessment.

The successful student will become competent in a wide range of adult hearing assessments and adult hearing amplification and aural rehabilitation. In addition students will acquire skills that will allow them to assist in specialist areas, specifically balance and paediatric hearing assessments.

Students undertake modules to the value of 300 credits.

The full-time two-year programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits) in the first year, and four core clinical modules (120 credits) in the second year.

The postgraduate diploma two-year programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) in year one, and four core clinical modules (120 credits) in year 2.

Year one core modules

Please note: only first-year modules can be taken in flexible mode. The in-service clinical placement modules need to be completed in one year - equivalent to year two of the full-time programme.

  • Signals, Systems, Acoustics and the Ear
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Balance
  • Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Year two core modules

  • Clinical Adult Audiovestibular Assessment and Paediatric Hearing Assessment (30 credits)
  • Clinical Adult Diagnostics and Auditory Rehabilitation (60 credits)
  • Integrative Audiology
  • Living with Hearing Loss

Research project/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 –12,000 words. This is submitted at the end of year one.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, case presentations, tutorials, enquiry-based learning, practical demonstrations and in-service clinical placements within accredited audiology departments in the NHS or private sector.

Assessment (formative and summative) is by essays, case presentations, mini -tests, final written and practical examinations, and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc

Careers

It is anticipated that the majority of students will seek employment as audiologists within the UK, in both the NHS and private sector. The main area of activity is adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation. As experience is acquired, audiologists might develop an interest and expertise in balance assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric audiology, tinnitus, cochlear implants, middle ear implants, and bone-anchored hearing aids.

With further experience it is anticipated that graduates might also move towards management, research or teaching.

Employability

Although the programme is vocational and career-specific (audiology) some of our graduates have pursued academic careers, completing PhDs and taught doctorates. International students have used the knowledge and skills gained to promote and develop audiological services in their home countries. Graduates will also acquire many transferable skills, for example, excellent communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, the ability to work independently and in teams, and excellent interpersonal and research skills.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute is a recognised international centre of excellence for research and training with strong links to the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and other specialised audiology departments in London.

Our programme aims to ensure that graduates are scientifically literate at postgraduate level and clinically competent within an audiology setting, and that graduates from a relevant discipline acquire the knowledge and skills to practise as an audiologist and/or hearing aid dispenser or pursue a research career.

Our programme allows students the opportunity to network with a variety of different professionals, particularly audiologists, and doctors with specialist interests in ENT or audiovestibular medicine.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Ear Institute

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This course will suit you if you are a sport and exercise graduate, a graduate from a related science or a medical student looking to specialise in the field of exercise physiology. Read more

This course will suit you if you are a sport and exercise graduate, a graduate from a related science or a medical student looking to specialise in the field of exercise physiology.

It is designed to focus on professional skills that improve your employability, as you learn with equipment including environmental chambers, breath-by-breath analysers, blood sampling analysers and transcranial magnetic stimulation devices.

You also again gain real-world experience in areas relevant to your interests by working alongside experienced practitioners. Past projects have included working with participants in our cardiac rehabilitation programme.

Our teaching laboratories are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), as are most of our course staff. You can register on the BASES Supervised Experience Scheme yourself to achieve personal accreditation.

Course structure

The course is flexible in that it allows you to exit with a postgraduate certificate at the end of one semester (three 20-credit modules) or a postgraduate diploma at the end of two semesters (six 20-credit modules). You must complete the 60-credit research project to qualify for the MSc.

You spend around 100 hours of the course with an organisation related to the practice of physiology, which will allow you to apply your academic knowledge in a vocational setting. Previous students have worked in organisations including a cardiac rehabilitation programme and fall prevention classes with Albion in the Community. Many students have started their professional careers with the organisation that provided them with work experience.

Areas of study

In taught physiology modules, you'll experience and discuss the responses of the human body to various stimuli, including effect of environmental changes (heat and hypoxic chambers) and of ergogenic aids which can be used to simulate peculiar clinical conditions and help students understand better exercise tolerance. This novel approach to teaching integrative physiology will help you to develop a host of laboratory skills. You will be introduced to the latest in the research field of exercise physiology and will have an opportunity to write your own paper from your research project.

With modules such as Professional Enquiry, you'll also gain vocational skills to give you a competitive edge in the job market; through placement opportunities and chances to network in the world of exercise physiology, you'll graduate with a foot firmly in the industry.

Teaching environment

Laboratory work

  • We accept a maximum of 15 students on this course.
  • All classes take place in our exercise physiology laboratories with a ratio of 2:3 (staff:students).
  • Students work in groups of four to five on problem-based situations.

Tutorials

  • Students can book individual tutorials with every lecturer offering around three hours of tutorials per week.
  • Group tutorials are also scheduled in our teaching programmes.

Modules

  • Critical Insights into the Study of Physiology
  • Professional Enquiry
  • Exercise Tolerance (integrative physiology)
  • Expertise in Laboratory Skills for Exercise Physiologists

Options

  • Applied Environmental Physiology
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Ethical and Social Responsibility: Theory and Application
  • Bodies of Sport
  • Consultancy
  • Issues and Innovations in Physiology

Facilities

Our facilities include a gym over two floors with fitness equipment including a three-camera system to analyse weight-lifting actions and an isokinetic dynamometer to allow measurement of muscle strength.

Our sport and exercise laboratories which are all accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) include:

  • a molecular genetics laboratory with biobanking
  • a biomechanics laboratory with motion analysis equipment, various EMG systems, and immersive screen
  • two exercise physiology laboratories where aerobic / anaerobic endurance, power and strength assessments as well as body composition, cardiac and pulmonary screening can be carried out
  • an environmental laboratory with purpose-built environment chamber where we can simulate different climates by controlling the temperature (-20 to +50°C) and relative humidity (20 to 95%), and a 1.13m x 1.13m x 1.5m water immersion tank
  • a research-based laboratory with an oxygen-controlled chamber to simulate altitude (hypoxia).

Careers and Employability

Career opportunities for sport and exercise scientists are growing. Sports science is recognised as a vital ingredient in the success and development of most sports and for the individuals that take part it is an everyday aspect of their training.

Many hospitals and primary care trusts are also appointing specialists with exercise backgrounds to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion.

An MSc in Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Brighton will help you to stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career and is also ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level.

100% of students who completed their course in 2014 found full-time employment or went on to further study within six months.

More than half of our graduates secured positions as exercise physiologists in the private or public sector. 14% joined the community of sports coaches, 14% became data analysts in the private sector and 14% progressed into MPhil/PhD studies.



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Looking to raise your game in the field of strength, conditioning and athlete development? Graduates of our well-established Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning have a proven track record preparing athletes and sports teams for competition, and our highly-experienced practitioner-tutors offer the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career. Read more

Looking to raise your game in the field of strength, conditioning and athlete development? Graduates of our well-established Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning have a proven track record preparing athletes and sports teams for competition, and our highly-experienced practitioner-tutors offer the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career.

What the course offers

Elite sports people need an elite support team – and expert strength and conditioning coaches are in demand world-wide to promote and guide the physical development of athletes and sports teams. Aimed at graduates with relevant academic and vocational experience, this course is designed to build on your existing knowledge, opening doors to higher levels of responsibility and professional accreditation in strength and conditioning.

Based in Bolton One, the University of Bolton’s specially designed sports and health teaching and research centre, this practically-focused Master’s degree aims to help you gain the academic and theoretical knowledge (for evidence-based practice), and professional, vocational and practical skills needed for success in this competitive industry. Our dedicated team of experienced academic practitioners, who have worked at all levels of elite and professional sport, will guide you in an exploration of the science and coaching of strength and conditioning.

We’ll support you to advance your understanding and make strong links between theory and practice in areas such as biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, coaching and leadership. Our commitment is to helping you develop as a practitioner, informed by the latest research and on-going developments in the sciences of sports and human performance, so that you can become a leader in the field of strength and conditioning.

Course Highlights:

  • Specialist facilities in Bolton One include a dedicated strength and conditioning suite, sport and exercise laboratories focusing on physiology and biomechanics, fully equipped teaching clinics, a rehabilitation and exercise suite, a multi-use sports hall and climbing wall, our Sports and Spinal Injuries Clinic, and much more.
  • Bolton One is also home to our Athlete Development Centre (ADC), offering you opportunities to work alongside our professional practitioners helping athletes, sports teams and coaches at all levels improve their performance. The ADC currently has a client base that includes professional football and rugby league, GB Weightlifting, Triathlon England, Triathlon Australia, England Athletics, and professional combat sport athletes.
  • Professional experience is an essential element of the course that gives valuable, hands-on, real-life experience in a professional sports setting. Our extensive network of sports industry contacts and partners means we can offer a wide variety of placements.
  • Guest lecturers with a strong background in applied strength and conditioning contribute to the course, and have included coaches to elite athletes, book authors, internationally recognised researchers, NGB coaches, and internationally recognised strength and conditioning specialists.
  • The UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) does not accredit any university degrees. However, we believe this course exceeds the academic requirements detailed in their Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) Competency Document, as well as the requirements to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in the USA, meaning you can focus on meeting their experiential requirements.

Key Features:

  • Our highly-qualified lecturers and staff are also experienced existing practitioners, offering strong links with industry, and expertise and applied experience in areas such as strength and conditioning, physiological testing, sport and performance psychology, biomechanics, physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation.
  • One of the longest-standing Strength & Conditioning MSc programmes in the UK, this course has a proven track record of producing graduates who are highly employable and are now leading the way across the industry; for instance, our alumni have senior roles at Premier League football clubs, Super League clubs, and in International Rugby Union, International Cricket and Boxing.
  • We’re committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You’ll be encouraged to attend relevant masterclasses, external courses and events that enhance your learning; helping you to make contacts in the industry and contributing to your professional development.
  • Alongside specialist strength and conditioning knowledge, you’ll have the chance to further develop your skills in research, data collection and evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, as well as in areas such as communication, presentation, team working and problem solving.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, specialist sports teaching facilities in Bolton One, and excellent IT and library services. You’ll also be able to access a great range of recreational sport and exercise facilities for when you need to exercise your body instead of your mind.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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