Providing a range of professionally relevant courses, the School with equip students with the skills and knowledge to build a successful career in their chosen area of health . We offer the widest range of Allied Health Profession courses in Scotland and also offer our BSc (Hons) Nursing in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The School is also actively involved in research and consultancy to external bodies and companies.
The School provides high quality teaching and research in the areas of:
• Speech and Hearing Sciences
• Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences
• Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy and Art Therapy
• Speech and Hearing Sciences
At postgraduate level, we offer courses that will allow to you expand your knowledge in your chosen field or allow to specialise in a particular area of that field. We also offer a few post-registration courses which will allow people with an undergraduate degree in any science discipline to completely change career in approximately two years. Our courses are mostly available on a full-time and part-time basis. Some are taught in short blocks which means that you may only need to visit the university a few times and our MSc Diabetes is delivered entirely by distance learning.
The School is at the forefront of learning and teaching opportunities across Nursing and the Allied Health Professions, both within the UK and internationally.
Having moved to a brand new campus in 2007, the School is equipped with the latest facilities and technology to provide teaching and learning to students.
We have a number of functioning labs and clinics, including Nursing, Radiography, Podiatry and Speech and Hearing Sciences which support student learning and give students experience of working with real equipment. Students on the Podiatry and Speech and Hearing Sciences courses even get the chance to work with real patients.
We currently have 45 research students and our staff are very research active. This not only improves the quality of our teaching, but enables us to work with external companies and bodies to ultimately help the general public. Recent research projects have included our staff and students securing funding. Here is an example of some of the recent projects:
• Chief Scientist Office Funding for Research on Obesity and Intellectual Disabilities - £50,000 from the Chief Scientist Office to carry out research on obesity and intellectual disabilities.
• Success with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - Audiology researchers were awarded £56,000 of research funding from the EPSRC for the project ‘MultiMemoHome: multi-modal reminders within the home’ which aims for results that can be applied to a wide range of uni-and multi-modal systems and that can be translated into a wider range of products and services.
• Play@Home Scheme - Physiotherapy and CIHR were awarded £150,000 by NHS Health Scotland to conduct a research evaluation of the impact of an Early Years intervention project which encourages parents to play and interact more with their pre-school aged children.
• FitVoice - Speech and Hearing Sciences have developed a new technique to monitor vocal chords and detect when voices are under strain. This development has implications for a third of the workforce who rely on their voices for their jobs such as teachers and call centre workers. They have devised new software that can be used on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.
Recognition and Achievements
The School has a European and International reputation for excellence in teaching. This shows itself in:
• Quality Assurance Agency assessments
• high student numbers
• staff involvement in QAA working groups
• staff involvement in the Health Professionals Council
• staff involvement in European education committees.
• international collaborations
The School has the highest quality research in allied health professions in Scotland.