The MSc Augmentative and Alternative Communication (part time) from University of Dundee is a part-time degree. You can also study this degree: MSc Augmentative & Alternative Communication
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.
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.
- Human Computer Interaction
- Research Foundations
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Second Language Processing
- Comparative Communication and Cognition
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesCommunication Sciences Cognitive Sciences View 133 other Masters in Communication Sciences in United Kingdom
- An honours degree in Psychology or a related subject at lower second class or above
- Consideration will also be given to applicants with other academic backgrounds who explain clearly their motivation for undertaking the relevant MSc, outlining any relevant work experience
International12050 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12050 GBP per year during 24 months.
National4800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4800 GBP per year during 24 months.
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