Taught course

Augmentative and Alternative Communications

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class (normally upper second class) honours degree in Psychology, or a relevant area such as Computing, Engineering, Education or Speech & Language Therapy. We also welcome applications from applicants with relevant AAC experience. All applicants will be assessed and approved by the Course Director and the MSc Board of Studies.

Months of entry


Course content

All applications should be received by 31st August 2016

Augmentative and Alternative Communication refers to strategies and techniques used by individuals who experience difficulties with communication because they have little or no functional speech. This course offers a unique approach to the study and development of AAC solutions because of our emphasis on multi-disciplinary teamwork.

The aims of this course are to provide individuals with a psychology, computing, industry or clinical care background with a better understanding of the latest developments in:

  1. the psychology of the development of language and communication;
  2. the design ethnography of AAC solutions;
  3. the engineering of AAC solutions; and
  4. the effective evaluation of AAC solutions on an individual and group basis.

The course is designed to be flexible in its content depending on individual expertise and comprises core taught modules, optional modules plus a dissertation. The course is also available on a part-time basis; contact us for more information.

Semester 1 (Sep-Dec)

  • Research Foundations (20 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)

Semester 2 (Jan-Mar)

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
  • AAC Computing Research Frontiers (20 credits)

Flexible Options Semesters 1&2 (up to a maximum of 40 credits) Advanced modules on offer vary from year to year:

  • Eye Movements and Cognition (20 credits)
  • Current Issues in Psycholinguistics (20 credits)
  • Reading Development and Disability (20 credits)
  • Language and the Mind (20 credits)
  • Multimedia Audio (20 credits)
  • Human Computer Interaction (20 credits)
  • Research Practicum (10 or 20 credits)
  • Introductory Statistics and/or Intermediate Statistics (10 credits each) (Sem1)

Research Project (Oct-Aug)

  • Research Dissertation (60 credits)
  • comprising Initial Literature Review, Research Project and Research Report

Fees and funding

Due to an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council designed to support the Scottish economy, we anticipate that fully-funded places will be made available to some eligible students starting this course in 2016/17. This covers tuition fees and can only be held by students classified as Scottish/EU for fee purposes

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Donna Hendry
+44 (0)1382 384454