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Healthcare Science (Audiology) BSc Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
B610
Start
October 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Neville Hall

The role of the healthcare scientist sits at the forefront of the medical profession, making a vital difference to the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Audiologists perform a wide range of hearing-related clinical procedures and can specialise in specific areas such as auditory rehabilitation, cochlear implants or tinnitus.

Why study BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) at Middlesex University?

This course will provide you with the knowledge skills and practical experience to work as a professional healthcare scientist in audiology. Audiologists work with patients of all ages, executing specialist healthcare procedures associated with hearing including identifying and assessing hearing and balance function and recommending and providing appropriate rehabilitation and management.

Audiologists often develop a special expertise in one area, such as, paediatrics, adult auditory rehabilitation, tinnitus, auditory rehabilitation, cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing devices or balance assessment and rehabilitation.

Developed in response to the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers programme (aimed at training expert NHS Healthcare Scientists), this course will enable you to provide the highest standards of patient-centred care and will enhance your understanding and confidence in executing specialist audiology procedures.

Course highlights

  • The University's excellent relationships with local NHS Trusts ensure you have access to placements in some of London's most prestigious healthcare institutions
  • Our lecturers are experts in their field: active researchers and practitioners, they teach leading research from the front line of clinical practice
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in our specialist science building and gain expert understanding of the latest scientific equipment
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)?

You will learn to apply scientific principles of healthcare science to patient care, and gain the confidence to carry out the diagnostic and therapeutic investigations required for the role of a Healthcare Science Practitioner in Audiology. Honing your skills, you will learn how to perform a wide range of clinical procedures in accordance with health and safety guidelines, and within the scope of practice and professional codes of conduct. You will develop the understanding and confidence to execute procedures in audiology including pure tone audiometry, tympanometry and hearing aid programming & verification.

  • Year 1

    • Healthcare Science 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the scientific basis of healthcare science and aims to provide a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Healthcare Science 2 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis related to healthcare science and with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Physiological Sciences 1 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the physical and mathematical principles that underpin the concepts of instrumentation used in the Neurosensory Sciences and measurements.

    • Physiological Sciences 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides the basic theory and practice of neurosensory sciences.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides insight into the organisation and roles of the health and social services in providing patient-centred care, and the roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Science Practitioner. In addition, it aims to help you develop your communication, study and teamworking skills.

  • Year 2

    • Diagnostic Audiology (45 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the theory and application of basic diagnostic tests used in clinical audiology, with an introduction to understanding vestibular and paediatric testing. The module is designed to be supplemented clinical placements for consolidation of skills acquired with theoretical understanding.

    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.

    • Practical Diagnostic Audiology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module complements the theory and application of basic diagnostic tests used in clinical audiology learned in previous modules. The practical sessions and clinical placements are designed to consolidate skills acquired with theoretical understanding, and for progression to Year 3 practical and theoretical aural rehabilitation modules. You will be expected to be able to safely and accurately perform all diagnostic procedures according to BSA recommended standards.

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the importance of research, development and innovation in clinical practice. In addition, it provides the underpinning knowledge required to undertake a research project. A final aim is to prepare you for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

  • Year 3

    • Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module addresses the technological and non-technological management options available in the rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, within the paradigms of relationship-centred care. This theoretical module is supplemented by the practical module Practical Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification. In addition, you can choose between Vestibular and Paediatric audiology modules, to enable you to work at an assistant level upon graduation..

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous research modules, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and you will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Practical Aural Rehabilitation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module addresses the practical elements of technological and non-technological management options available in the rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, within the paradigms of relationship-centred care. This module complements the previous Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification module.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with consolidate knowledge and technical skills gained earlier in the programme. In addition, this module provides an opportunity to undertake a full range of practice required to work effectively as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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  3. Assessment and feedback
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How can the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) support your career?

The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world and this degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in audiology. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in this area and our course is designed to meet the requirements of the sector.

As a Healthcare Scientist you will work directly with inpatients and outpatients of all ages (babies, children and adults) in order to:

  • use ways to measure and compensate for hearing loss, including offering the initial therapeutic support and advice, and diagnose audio-vestibular neurological diseases
  • prescribe appropriate hearing aid equipment or arrange onward referral for further investigation
  • play both a clinical role and a managerial development role

You can also find useful information about medical engineering careers on the NHS Careers website.

Dr Neville Hall
Director of Programmes for Biomedical sciences

Dr Hall’s research interests include Skeletal muscle fatigue, control of breathing during exercise and dietary behaviour and eating attitudes of the physically active.

Dr Hall’s recent publications include ‘HALL NH (2002) Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism’ and ‘British Journal of Nutrition (88): 582-583.

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