QMU-Postgraduate Prospectus QMU PG Mini Prospectus 2019 sp - Page 71

theoretical principles and critical evaluation of available evidence. The emphasis is on active learning approaches which encourage deep learning. In summary, the courses are designed to allow progressive development and integration of practical skills, intellectual development and theoretical knowledge. Industry links Our Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre (CASL) provides a focus for our research and knowledge exchange. The main aim of the Centre is to support clinically -relevant research which will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of communication disorders. QMU has an international reputation for outstanding research in the area of speech sciences and communication. The Research Centre draws together the research and clinical expertise of both audiology and speech and language therapy, and ensures that these benefit the wider community. Researchers are currently exploring the application of high speed ultrasound to the management of communication disorders, and the use of mobile phone technology to support vocal health. Socially relevant research topics also include the management of hearing problems in care home settings, and the relationship between language impairment and social inclusion in young offenders. The Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre builds on years of pioneering work achieved in the area of speech sciences. At QMU, much of the work has focused on developing technologies, in collaboration with engineers and computer scientists, which provide visual images of the tongue and its movement inside the mouth during speech. Our success in this area was demonstrated in the 2014 REF exercise (a UK-wide evaluation of research quality and impact); CASL’s research was rated 2nd in the UK and 1st in Scotland for the proportion of work classed as world- leading or internationally excellent (92%). Facilities We have fully-equipped clinical environments for both speech and language therapy and audiology. A suite of clinic rooms, situated around a clinic reception area, provides accommodation for clinical activities and research. There are two speech science laboratories. One is used primarily for undergraduate and postgraduate student laboratory work, and has an adjacent recording studio. The second laboratory is primarily for research purposes and contains specialist speech science equipment. The audiology suite consists of purpose-built test rooms, sound-proof booths and includes a full range of audiological equipment, supporting the development of clinical skills within the university environment before going out on clinical placement. experience, or no formal degree level qualification but substantive professional experience that maps to Level 10 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, along with evidence of commitment to study and continuing professional development. Each application will be considered individually. International: This course is currently only available to BSL/English interpreters working in the UK. Interview: Interviews with applicants may be a