Speech and Language Therapy MSc / Postgrad Diploma
The Speech and Language Therapy PG Dip course leads to work in a challenging and varied field - you could be working with autistic children, people who stammer or adults who have lost their speech following a stroke.
City's Postgraduate Speech and Language Therapy Diploma has an excellent reputation and is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science.
The programme is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of speech and language therapy. The innovative and research-informed curriculum is supported by a busy in-house speech and language therapy clinic led by specialist staff and is considered as one of the leading educational environments in the world.
At City we have close links with speech and language therapy services throughout London, with many practitioners from these services acting as clinical tutors on our courses.
Who is the Speech and Language Therapy course for?
Our graduate-entry courses allow graduates with a first degree from disciplines other than healthcare to gain a pre-registration health qualification in approximately two years as opposed to the usual four - providing a fast-track route into health.
Is this course right for you?
The Postgraduate Diploma is designed for students who are committed to a career in speech and language therapy. You will need to have:
- Good listening and communication skills.
- Good problem-solving skills.
- Good organisational skills.
- An ability to learn a range of academic subjects and to apply your learning to clinical practice.
- An enthusiasm for working with children and adults and as part of a team.
Why study Speech and Language Therapy at City?
Studying the Speech and Language Therapy Postgraduate Diploma course is a fantastic way to start a career within the field of speech and language therapy. Not only is the course of the highest academic standard but City’s focus on your career objectives means you will have the opportunity to take clinical placements and gain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
- Undertake clinical placements in health centres, schools and hospitals in London's diverse communities allowing you to gain experience with a range of communication disabilities
- Gain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and entry to a respected profession
- Enhance your career prospects in the UK, abroad and in the private sector
- Fast track into a career in speech and language therapy by completing the pre-registration qualification in two years
- Tuition fees paid by the NHS - a bursary from the NHS can also be made available to eligible students.
The conversion fee for 2015-2016 is £2,000 for home students and £4,000 for overseas students. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.
For further information on the MSc conversion please contact the MSc Programme Director.
Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.
If you don't have a first degree or meet the PG Diploma entry requirements you may be eligible for the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy.
While many applicants have a degree in a related subject area, such as linguistics or psychology, this is not a pre-requisite. Students on the course come from a range of academic backgrounds, both in the arts and sciences.
Due to the high demand for places on NHS funded courses, as well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a selection day held at City University London. You will be asked to complete the NHS Constitution Assessment, which is used to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.
For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
- IELTS: 7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in spoken and written components and a minimum of 7.0 in listening and reading components.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September (click 'How to apply' for details of application deadlines)
- Full-time: Two years. An additional 6 months to 1 year is required to convert the Postgraduate Diploma to an MSc.
During the Postgraduate Speech and Language Therapy course you will learn about the foundations of speech and language, about how children learn to talk and about disorders that affect communication. A number of subjects equip you for the analysis of speech, language and hearing difficulties, such as phonetics, linguistics and audiology. You will also develop research skills and the ability to apply evidence based practice. You will undertake weekly and block clinical placements in both years of the course.
The modules of study are:
- Speech and language sciences
- Bio-medical sciences
- Developmental psychology
- Speech, communication and swallowing disabilities
- Research and evidence based practice
- Hearing and speech sciences
- Language sciences
- Language, cognition and communication disabilities
- Professional studies
- Instrumental Techniques in Speech Sciences
When you have successfully completed ten modules totalling 180 credits you will qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma. On the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you can choose to undertake an MSc by designing and completing a research project accruing another 60 credits. (Please note: this will normally take a minimum of six months and involves an extra fee).
Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.
Teaching and Assessment
The PGDip in Speech and Language Therapy is a very intensive programme which requires full time study by attending lectures, small-group problem-solving sessions, practical classes and tutorials. You will also have access to the most up-to-date equipment in the Speech Acoustics Laboratory and innovative online learning materials. On clinical placements you will benefit from the supervision of a qualified therapist.
Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments and examinations. Your clinical progress will also be monitored by supervising clinicians.
- Full-time EU: £Funded by the NHS
- Full-time Non EU: £15,000
As a student on the PG Dip Speech and Language Therapy course at City University London you will be entitled to funding from the National Health Service (NHS) which will cover the full costs of your tuition fees for the duration of your course. The funding is not a loan and you will not be expected to pay any tuition costs back after you graduate from the course.
Most students are also entitled to apply for an income assessed bursary which is intended to support you with living costs which is also non-repayable.
The NHS also offers additional funding for students’ depending on their circumstances and course including:
- Childcare allowance for students with children in registered childcare
- Reduced rates Maintenance Loan
- Financial allowances to cover placement costs
- Supplements for single parents and for those with dependents
- Financial allowances for disabled students.
The conversion fee for 2016/2017 is £2,000 for home students and £4,000 for overseas students. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.
The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:
Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.
Disclosure for US students
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The Postgraduate Speech and Language Therapy Diploma course provides many opportunities for clinical practice, including attendance at health centres, schools, departmental clinics, special educational settings and hospitals throughout the London area.
On successfully completing the Speech and Language Therapy Postgraduate Diploma you can register with the Health Professions Council, and practise as a speech and language therapist in the NHS and other settings.
A career in speech and language therapy offers opportunities to work with clients of all ages in settings such as:
- Health centres
You can also work abroad and in the private sector.
On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you can choose to undertake an MSc by designing and completing a research project for a year.
MSc Speech and Language Therapy Conversion
Students who have successfully completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy at City University London should consider "topping up" their degree to a Masters degree; MSc in Speech and Language Therapy. Students who have successfully graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language therapy at City University London can convert to an MSc within 3 years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within 2 years of finishing the Postgraduate Diploma). Once students have graduated they can enrol for the conversion in either September or January.
Entry to this programme is not automatic, and places are limited. Students whose PG Dip were awarded with a distinction or merit will be at an advantage.
A fast track MSc programme is available to non-EU/UK students. Students on this route complete their MSc dissertation by the October of their second year.
In order to be awarded an MSc, students are required to complete a dissertation, which is a major piece of research. For your dissertation you may choose different formats for your research, the options will be explained to you during two half-study days. You will also have one or two supervisors to help you in developing your work. The submission takes one of two forms, either a small scale piece of research, written up in the style of a journal article (this doesn't have to be submitted or published for the award of an MSc), or a 15,000 word dissertation. Most students do the conversion on a part-time basis (half to one day per week). The MSc conversion takes 12 months. Students will need to complete their project within this timescale.
The conversion fee is £2,000 for home students and £4,000 for overseas students. We are offering a £500 fee waiver to students graduating in 2015. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.
For further information on the MSc conversion please contact Dr. Nicola Botting (Nicola.Botting.firstname.lastname@example.org).
To apply, please contact email@example.com.
Find out more about City University London
Applications for UK and EU students are now closed for 2016 entry.
We remain open for International applicants (those outside the UK or EU).
Applications for 2017 are not yet open and applicants should not apply for 2017 until the official opening date is published. This will be sometime in October 2016.
All applicants should refer to the applicant guidelines prior to making any application. Please also ensure you download the Academic Reference Request form and forward to your referees.
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