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  1. Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)
    1. 2016
    2. 2017

Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice)

MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate |
A flexible, professionally orientated programme for speech and language therapists and other graduates seeking new knowledge and expertise about communication disorders and swallowing

Key Information

Start date

September and January each year.


Full-time (MSc): one year (two days a week or equivalent), plus up to one year for dissertation.

Part-time (MSc): two years (one day a week or equivalent), plus up to one year for dissertation.

The maximum period of registration for this programme is 5 years.

The normal period of registration for the PG Dip award is one year for full time students or two years for part time students.

The normal period of registration for the PG Cert award is one year, although students may take modules on an occasional basis over two years.

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Full-time: £7,500 per year

Part-time: £3,750 per year


Full-time: £15,000 per year

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

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.


The MSc programme is designed to:

  • Stimulate you to think in new ways about disorders of language, communication and swallowing
  • Introduce you to new theoretical ideas and new approaches to clinical practice
  • 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 that you need to begin independent research.

Students are taught in a dynamic and supportive atmosphere, which encourages participation and the exchange of ideas. 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.

Requirements and how to apply

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.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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.

For more information contact us on:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000



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.

Student views

The Roberta Williams Centre

Academic facilities

Students on the MSc course have access to specialist labs, e.g. providing speech and hearing instrumentation, computing resources and the excellent Institution library facilities, including our subject specific librarian. The School of Health hosts a speech and language therapy clinic (The Roberta Williams Centre) which provides project opportunities for MSc students

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

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.


To gain the MSc or a PG Dip you will study two core modules, three discipline-specific modules (or related to communication or swallowing), and two elective modules which may be discipline-specific or generic.

Most modules run in the Autumn and Spring terms. A typical 15 credit module involves between 25 and 30 hours of teaching, supplemented by extensive private study (at least 8 hours a week).

The research dissertation involves up to one year of independent data collection and study, supported by a supervisor.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Speech Language and Communication you will be required to complete 3 or 4 modules totalling 60 credits. These must include at least two discipline specific modules in the area of Speech Language and Communication.

Core modules

Discipline Specific and Elective modules

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.

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.

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.

For more information contact us on:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000


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