Taught course

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class honours degree in Psychology or another degree that includes a substantial Psychology component.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Curt More