Speech and Language Therapy  MSc / Postgrad Diploma

Overview

The Speech and Language Therapy Diploma degree 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. It is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science. You will be learning about speech and language therapy in a world leading environment.

The Speech and Language Therapy Diploma degree 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.

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.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you can choose to undertake a MSc by designing and completing a research project for a year (see below under MSc conversion). If you require further information on the Postgraduate Diploma, or general admissions queries please contact admissions on T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000 or E: health@city.ac.uk.

Who is the course for?

The Speech and Language Therapy Diploma course is for students who are committed to starting a speech and language therapy career. You will need:

  • 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.
  • Enjoy working with children and adults and as part of a team.

Why study Speech and Language Therapy at City?

  • Fast track into a career in speech and language therapy by completing the pre-registration qualification in two years.
  • 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
  • Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS for UK/EU students - bursaries are also available.

MSc Speech and Language Therapy Conversion

Students who have successfully graduated from the PGDip 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 PGDip). Students can enrol for the MSc conversion in October or February each year. Please note it is not possible to enrol before graduating from the PGDip.

The conversion takes the form of 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). Most students do the conversion on a very 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 for 2013-2014 is £2000 for home students and £4000 for overseas students. We are offering a £500 fee waiver to  students graduating in 2013. 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.1@city.ac.uk). If you require further information on the Postgraduate Diploma, or general admissions queries please contact admissions on T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000 or E: health@city.ac.uk.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for PG Dip are paid by the NHS for home and EU students.
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 per year (2013 fees)
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Start Date:

September (click 'How to apply' for details of application deadlines

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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.

Pre-requisites

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.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications 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
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 110.

Visa Requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, 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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September (click 'How to apply' for details of application deadlines
Duration:
Full-time: Two years. An additional 6 months to 1 year is required to convert the Postgraduate Diploma to an MSc.

Course Content

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.


Course Structure

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.

When you have successfully completed ten modules totaling 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).

Read the full Speech and Language Therapy Diploma 2014 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

A typical week consists of three days at City, one day in clinic and one day of private study. Academic subjects are taught through lectures supported by video presentations, 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.

Read the full Speech and Language Therapy Diploma 2014 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for PG Dip are paid by the NHS for home and EU students.
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 per year (2013 fees)

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses.

The conversion fee for 2013-2014 is £2000 for home students and £4000 for overseas students. We are offering a £500 fee waiver to students graduating in 2013. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

If you are a self-financing student you will be asked to pay a £1000 deposit on acceptance of your unconditional offer.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Bursaries

You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested bursary. Please visit our funding section for information on NHS Bursaries, or the NHS Student Bursaries website for details. 

Placements

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.

Career Prospects

On successfully completing the 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, hospitals, schools, charities and universities. You can also work abroad and in the private sector.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you can choose to undertake a MSc by designing and completing a research project for a year.

MSc Speech and Language Therapy Conversion

Students who have successfully graduated from the PGDip 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 PGDip). Students can enrol for the MSc conversion course in October or February each year. Please note it is not possible to enrol before graduating from the PGDip.

The conversion takes the form of 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). Most students do the conversion on a very 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 for 2013-2014 is £2000 for home students and £4000 for overseas students. We are offering a £500 fee waiver to all students for this year only. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

For further information, please contact Dr. Nicola Botting (Nicola.Botting.1@city.ac.uk).


Apply online or contact us:

Full time (online application) 

Call: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

Email: health@city.ac.uk

Applications for 2014 entry 

All applicants should refer to the applicant guidelines prior to making any applications. Please also ensure you download the Academic Reference Request form and forward to your referees.

Guidelines for applicants 2014-2015 intake

Academic Reference Request Form 

UK/EU applications for September 2014 entry are now closed. All applicants will be advised of the outcome on 7th February 2014.

International applications for September 2014 entry are still open and close on 1st May 2014. You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible in order for us to inform you of the outcome and for you to apply for your Tier 4 student visa promptly.