M.Sc. On Campus

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

University of Dundee

12 months
24100 GBP/year
9600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Learn how to develop strategies, techniques and technologies to assist people who have little or no speech through this MSc Augmentative and Alternative Communication from University of Dundee.


This MSc Augmentative and Alternative Communication from University of Dundee is a full-time degree. You can also study this degree part-time MSc Augmentative & Alternative Communication (part-time)

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.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Research Foundations 
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Second Language Processing
  • Comparative Communication and Cognition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9600 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dundee

787 - 1494 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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