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Augmentative & Alternative Communication MSc

University of Dundee

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Dundee City Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to strategies and techniques used by individuals who experience difficulties with communication because they have little or no functional speech. AAC devices can be used for a whole range of difficulties. These could stem from poor hearing, cerebral palsy, or autism, for example. AAC devices can augment speech or provide a replacement for spoken communication. They can also support the development of language and natural speech. We have an international reputation in the development of AAC devices. You will learn to develop technological systems to meet the needs and aspirations of a variety of people, including those with severe speech and physical impairments, and adults with acquired aphasia. Throughout the course you will be interacting with users of AAC devices to get their feedback about what works best for them. We also have links with local speech and language therapists to help you find suitable situations for carrying out your research.

You will learn about:

  • the psychology of language and communication development
  • the design ethnography of AAC solutions (thinking about the design in terms of the culture of people with disabilities)
  • the engineering of AAC solutions
  • evidence-based evaluation of AAC solutions on an individual and group basis

Our facilities include EEG labs, a variety of eye tracking technologies, 2D and 3D movement tracking systems, and offsite fMRI access via the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells Hospital.

You will have access to your own dedicated social and study areas within the psychology building. You can also join our active student Psychology Society, which organises social events that you can attend.

Careers:

This course will enhance your career prospects in the field of AAC, improving your chances of being accepted for educational and clinical psychology courses or PhD research. You may choose to join an assistive technology service or software company, or else become a support worker, social care worker, or manager in a local authority project for user groups with additional needs. Alternatively you may secure an assistant psychologist post or decide to train as a speech and language therapist.

Application deadline

01 September 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 22,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Dundee

  • University League Table

    28th

  • Campus address

    University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, Dundee, City Of, DD1 4HN, Scotland

With over 16,000 students and 3,000 staff representing around 150 different countries across the world, the University of Dundee is a truly global institution.
Dundee offers a wide range of disciplines within a friendly and integrated community, to create a unique student experience.
A range of scholarships are available to help international students get the most from their studies.

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