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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 for City Graduates

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 award was at distinction or merit will be at an advantage.

In order to be awarded a 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 for 2014-2015 is £2000 for home students and £4000 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.

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 (2014 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, 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.

Visa Requirements

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 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

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this part-time 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 (2014 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. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

Funding

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

Scholarships

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes and over one third of international (non-EU) students received financial support from the School.

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.

 

Disclosure for US students

As part of US Loan regulations, City University are required to give Gainful Employment disclosures as part of our contract with the US Department of Education. Please refer to the following document for more information:

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 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.

In order to be awarded a 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 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).

To apply please contact healthprofessionals@city.ac.uk

UK/EU applications for September 2015 entry will open on 8 October 2014. Applications will close at 4pm (GMT) on 8 December 2014. The final deadline for references is 22 December 2014.

International applications for September 2015 entry will open on 8 October 2014 and close at 4pm (BST) on 1 June 2015.

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.


Application Guidelines 2015-16

Academic reference request form

Contact us

Email: health@city.ac.uk
Call: +44 (0)20 7040 5000