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Speech, Language and Communication  MSc

Overview

The MSc offers a flexible, professionally orientated programme for speech and language therapists and other graduates with a specific interest in communication disorders. 

This programme will:

  • Stimulate you to think in new ways about the nature of speech, language, communication and swallowing problems
  • Strengthen your knowledge of the evidence base for clinical work
  • Enhance your skills in critically appraising research evidence
  • Provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake independent research and to apply for research posts.

For practising speech and language therapists this MSc will qualify you for posts in the UK and abroad that require a Masters degree and for specialist clinical posts.

Students are taught in a dynamic and supportive atmosphere, which encourages participation and the exchange of ideas and experience. The knowledge and skills that you will develop can be applied across different language and cultural contexts, making the programme highly suitable for home, EU or overseas students.

Dean's Scholarships

For those starting in January and/or September 2016, there are up to 12 Dean's Scholarships available, based on academic and clinical excellence. Each scholarship is worth £2,500, and will be awarded to students across all the routes of this course. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Who is the course for?

This course is not suitable for candidates wishing to enter the speech and language therapy (SLT) profession. If you are aiming to qualify as an SLT please apply to our speech and language therapy programme.

The course is for qualified speech and language therapists seeking to gain specialist knowledge and high level research skills in their field. It is also suitable for other graduates with a background and special interest in children and adults with speech, language, communication and associated difficulties, including Deafness.

Why study Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Speech, Language and Communication) at City?

  • Learn about the latest theoretical and clinical developments in key areas of speech and language therapy through lectures, seminars and student-led workshops
  • Collaborate with staff who are internationally recognised researchers in their field
  • Gain a better understanding of speech, language and communication problems from the client's perspective
  • Develop your critical thinking, analytical and research skills 
  • Conduct a research project under expert supervision, building on the knowledge and skills gained

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a relevant first or second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.


Alternatively, applicants should hold the Licentiate Diploma of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.


Applicants who do not hold a degree but do have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £7,500
  • Part-time EU: £3,750
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500
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Start Date:

The course starts in September and January each academic year.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a first or second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternatively, applicants should hold the Licentiate Diploma of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

English Requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • Academic: 72.

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; 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.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September and January each academic year.
Duration:
Full-time: one year (two days a week or equivalent) for taught modules, plus up to one year for dissertation. Part-time: two years (one day a week or equivalent) for taught modules, plus up to one year for dissertation.

Course Content

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The course comprises a taught component and a supervised research dissertation. For the taught component, students will study seven modules. These comprise two core modules, three discipline specific modules and two elective modules.

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Core modules:

Discipline Specific and Elective modules include:

Students can also choose modules from the School of Health Sciences' broader Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) portfolio.

Following successful completion of the taught component, students have up to one year to complete the dissertation.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

Most teaching and learning takes place in small groups, combining direct input from experts with student-led discussion and workshop activities. Large-group teaching in research methods is combined with small-group laboratory sessions. Our virtual learning environment, Moodle, provides a platform for sharing module information and interactive learning. These methods support and are supported by self-directed study. 

Assignments include essays, portfolios, literature reviews, poster presentations, oral presentations, and data analyses. Some focus entirely on critical evaluation of research; others require you to apply a selected body of research to a given case, client group, or clinical setting.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £7,500
  • Part-time EU: £3,750
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

DegreeHome/EU full-time 2016/17Home/EU part-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17
MSc (180 credits)£7,500£3,750£15,000£7,500

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.

Funding

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

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

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.

Bursaries

You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary. Please visit the NHS Bursary page of our website, or the

NHS Student Bursaries website for details.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the MSc fulfils the requirements for many higher-grade senior speech and language therapy posts, and for many EU and overseas clinical posts that require a masters level qualification. Students will also be eligible to apply for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) and for some research posts.