This is a post-qualifying course for qualified Audiologists and offers a variety Audiology specific course units, along with units in Deaf Education. Students are required to complete 60 credits for a PG Cert (exit award) or 120 credits for a PG Dip.
Students completing 120 credits can, subject to meeting progression requirements, progress to MSc which enables them to explore, in-depth, a specific aspect of Audiology practice, policy, research or education in the form of a 60 credit, 12,000-15,000 words Dissertation.
• Enable students to critically evaluate and apply aspects of contemporary Audiology and healthcare practice, policy, research and education, fostering positive values and attitudes that recognise and respect individual and cultural diversities and challenge discriminatory practice
• Equip students with in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to critically evaluate research and the evidence-base for Audiology practice that promote optimal health and involve service users and carers in the delivery of care
• Develop students' abilities and skills for critically reflective practice, problem solving and creative ethical decision making
• Contribute to innovation, change and quality improvement in Audiology and health care practice at both individual and organisational levels by equipping students with a systematic and critical understanding of relevant knowledge, theoretical frameworks and advanced skills
• Enhance career development and lifelong learning in students in order to support safe practice and the maintenance and enhancement of appropriate standards of Audiology practice.
The course offers a range of specialist units providing students with an opportunity to study with professionals, which are closely aligned to Audiology (such as Teachers of the Deaf).
Students thus benefit from inter-professional learning, whilst at the same time being able to apply core knowledge and skills, specifically to Audiology practice through their assessments. There is an extensive menu of units available. (Details below)
Taught units can be studied in any order except where there are specific pre-requisites. Optional taught units available to study for the PG Dip/MSc include the following:-
• Neurosensory Science
• Clinical Applications of Neurosensory Sciences
• Adult Auditory Assessment and Management
• Vestibular Assessment and Management
• Paediatric Audiology
• Effective Amplification for Infants and Children
• Developing Deaf Child
• Language Acquisition
• Understanding Practice in Deaf Education in the UK
• Advanced Skill in Aural Rehabilitation
The compulsory unit is Research Methods
NB: Not all optional units may run each year and will be subject to minimum numbers. Students will meet with the Course Director to plan out a pathway.
Teaching and Learning
Students participate in a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group work, student-led seminars, problem-based learning and online learning. In addition, students will be required to undertake independent study in order to further develop and consolidate their learning.
Part-time students entering the PG Diploma or MSc will normally study one day per week, to complete 60 credits per year as required for the award. An exit award of PG Certificate is available to students exiting after completion of 60 credits. This must include at least 15 credits of Audiology specific units, from those available. A maximum of 30 credits of individual course units can also be studied on a 'stand-alone' basis.
Coursework and Assessment
A variety of assessments are used within individual course units and across the course as a whole Assessment methods include:
• Case studies
• Video presentations
Students progressing to MSc undertake an extended written piece of work (12,000-15,000 words) focusing on a specific aspect of Audiology practice, policy or research in the form of an extended Literature-based Review.
Why Study Audiology at Manchester?
The University of Manchester
) is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. It is the largest single-site university in the UK, being situated within easy walking distance of the city centre.
The Human Communication and Deafness Section, was founded as the Department of Education of the Deaf in 1919, by Sir James E Jones in memory of his son and was one of the first such departments in the world. For nearly 100 years, Manchester has continued to be an international leader in Deaf Education and Audiology. The Deaf Education Programme –founded in 1919 was the first University based professional training programme in the UK, and Manchester currently has the only Professor of deaf Education in the UK
A recognised professional Audiology qualification and a relevant honours first degree (2:1 or above or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience which the University accepts as qualifying the applicant for entry. Part-time students seconded from employment to undertake the programme must have written support from their employer to attend the programme and to complete any necessary practice requirements. For Audiologists working in the NHS in the North West who wish to apply for a place funded through the Continuing Education Service Level Agreement (SLA), line manager support is required.