Watch: Sara Coulson, Associate Professor and Programme Lead in Healthcare Science (Audiology) speak about what Audiology at DMU has to offer.
Audiology is a rapidly expanding field, requiring practitioners to apply their specialist knowledge to assess, manage and rehabilitate people of all ages with hearing and balance problems and associated disorders.
Qualified professionals can expect to find work in a variety of settings – such as hospitals, private practices, research groups and the education sector – often working in multi-disciplinary teams and liaising with teachers, psychologists and other healthcare staff.
Our work placements and work-based learning opportunities mean that you’ll be developing these collaborative professional skills throughout your degree course.
At DMU, you’ll study a range of topics including professional healthcare science, neurosensory physiology and pathophysiology, medical sciences and paediatric audiology.
- This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, meaning graduates are eligible to work as an audiologist in the NHS and across the private sector as a hearing aid dispenser.
- Career opportunities are varied and include roles within the NHS, the private sector and with hearing aid and audiology manufacturers at home and abroad.
- You will study a range of topics including neurosensory physiology and pathophysiology, clinical measurement and treatment and work-based learning and paediatric audiology.
- Gain international experience through our DMU Global programme, which has seen Audiology students consider the health risks of biological hazards in New York, teach science classes in Bermuda and help refugees in Berlin.
- Our teaching is delivered by expert academics and practitioners who also enable students to participate in activities such as performing hearing screening to athletes at the Special Olympics.
- Integrated work placements over all three years of your degree will enable you to put theory into practice and build the skills that graduate employers are looking for.
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Institution code: D26
UCAS course code: B61A
Duration: Three years full-time
Start date: September 2021
Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK
Fees and funding:
2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250
Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.
This programme is not currently available to international students
Clinical Placement and Careers
You will undertake compulsory work placements mostly in the NHS, working with a range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, developing your clinical and professional skills. Placements are spread across the country and we try to ensure that you are placed where you will have the best chance of development.
You will have a short placement after the first year and then embark on a 40 week placement which will start in the middle of your second year and end in the middle of your final year.
During your 40 week placement you will be supported by a clinical educator in practice and will also have a university appointed clinical lecturer, as well as your personal tutor. Throughout your placement you will be supported and we aim to maintain contact with you through emails and return days back to the university.
Built into the placement are study and reflection time to ensure that you can reflect on your learning in practice and look back at the theory you have been taught, considering how this links to practice.
Placements will allow you to develop your clinical skills, as well as your professional skills, time management, team working, leadership and management qualities. They will also instil a work ethic and help you develop your overall maturity.
You should be aware that any disclosure on your DBS, or disclosed health issues or learning differences will be discussed with placement providers prior to placement allocation. It is important to note that placement providers may not be able to take a student depending on what is disclosed on their DBS.
Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the uniform and dress code policy of the placement provider. NHS Trusts and other placement providers have given careful consideration to cultural and religious needs relating to uniform policies / dress codes. These policies/codes have been developed in conjunction with local and national cultural and religious bodies to ensure that local and national infection control guidance is adhered to. Whilst every attempt has been made to accommodate individual needs, there are some areas where the need to fully comply with infection control guidance has overridden religious requirements.
There is no guarantee that clinical placement will be near Leicester or your family home address. We can only allocate placements that meet our criteria and that are available at the time that you are due to start your placement. You will always be notified in advance of your placement allocation, typically early on at the start of your second year.
If you decline your allocated placement this could result in a delay in allocating you an alternative placement which in turn will impact on when you complete your programme and are able to graduate.
Typically placements mimic the typical working week. You must complete 40 weeks on placement, excluding any annual leave and sickness, within a period of 48 weeks.
While on placements you are likely to incur additional travel and accommodation costs compared with a regular student attending university and requiring student accommodation. The university consider financial support on an individual basis, depending on placement location and circumstances. All NHS placements are unpaid, departments offer placements as they are keen to support the profession and in most cases receive limited funds from the NHS.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Students on this course have recently undertaken DMU Global trips to India and the Special Olympics in Belgium, where they provided hearing tests. They’ve also been on trips to New York to consider the health risks of biological hazards in the city, taught science classes in Bermuda and helped refugees in Berlin.
Our graduates go on to work in a variety of roles for the NHS and private providers such as Specsavers, while a significant number of our graduates also manage or are partners of their own branches.
Opportunities are available outside the clinical arena and some of our graduates have been employed with hearing aid and audiology equipment manufacturers.
Healthcare Science (Audiology) graduate Layla Mohamed is now working at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth as a qualified clinical audiologist. She said: “The DMU Audiology course ticked a lot of boxes for me in terms of working in the health sector, and job prospects were high.
“It is the greatest feeling when a patient comes back to me saying how much their life has improved and how much they have benefited from the treatment you have provided.”
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