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Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice  MSc

Overview

This unique course is offered jointly by City University London and University College London Institute of Education. Its distinctive focus is support for children with speech, language and communication needs in schools from the perspective of the key professions involved. If you are a speech and language therapist, teacher or school-based practitioner providing language support in a school setting, this exciting programme will deepen your knowledge and understanding of current theories, cutting-edge research and scientific evidence in the field. Completing the programme will strengthen your credentials as a specialist in this area and will provide you with a directly relevant higher degree recognised across work settings and countries.

Who is the course for?

This MSc is for teachers, speech and language therapists and other graduates experienced in working with children with speech, language and communication needs in schools, from the UK and overseas.

Why study Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice?

  • Undertake a flexible, professionally orientated course where you can share theory and professional practice across both education and health.
  • Benefit from teaching which is underpinned by extensive research activity focused on educational and clinical issues.
  • Benefit from collaborative study between speech and language therapists and education professionals.
  • Study within an internationally renowned speech and language therapy department and the internationally renowned UCL Institute of Education.
  • Learn from internationally recognised research leaders and senior clinicians and teachers.

Please note that this MSc does not lead to a professional qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist. If you are looking for a qualification to practise, please see our Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Speech and Language Therapy.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold:

  • A first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent qualification

and either:

  • a professional qualification in teaching or Speech and Language Therapy

or:

  • at least two years' experience in an educational setting working with children with speech, language and communication needs.
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £7,980
  • Part-time EU: £3,990
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,960
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,980
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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 UK honours degree or equivalent qualification

and either:

  • a professional qualification in teaching or Speech and Language Therapy

or:

  • at least two years' experience in an educational setting working with children with speech, language and communication needs.

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 for taught modules, and up to one year for dissertation. Part time: two years for taught modules, and up to one year for dissertation. Modules consist of either 10 half-day or evening sessions or 3-5 full-day sessions, with online course documentation to support learning.

International students: Please note that we are currently awaiting Home Office approval to take Tier 4 students on this programme. We expect to receive approval in time for the January 2016 start. At this point we can only offer provisional places to international students for the January 2016 start-date, contingent upon confirmation from the Home Office.

Course Content

You will gain up-to-date and advanced knowledge in specific clinical areas, education and related subjects, along with high-level theoretical and research skills from both City University London and University College London Institute of Education.

You will have the opportunity to learn with other speech and language therapists and teachers and actively experience collaborative working.

Course Structure

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 normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one year's taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students.

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is one year's taught programme for part-time students.

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses.

Course structure

The MSc programme comprises:

  • four core modules
  • either one elective module worth 30 credits or two elective modules each worth 15 credits
  • a research dissertation.

Core modules:

At UCL IOE:

  • Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development in Children with Specific Speech, Language and Communication Needs

For further information about modules at UCL IOE, please go to the UCL IOE website at http://www.ioe.ac.uk/ and enter the name of the module in the search box.

At City:

Elective modules include:

At UCL IOE:

  • Literacy Development
  • Reading and Spelling Difficulties
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
  • Autism: Research and Practice
  • Psychology for Special Needs
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Literacy Practice in Writing and Comprehension

For further information about modules at UCL IOE, please go to the UCL IOE website at http://www.ioe.ac.uk/ and enter the name of the module in the search box.

For further information about modules at City, please go to the City homepage, and under ‘Find a course’, select ‘Continuing Professional (Personal) Development (CPD/CPPD)’ under ‘All levels’, and then enter the name of the module in the search box.

You may also choose other Masters level modules offered at the City University London School of Health Sciences and at University College London Institute of Education, with the approval of the Programme Leaders.

When you have successfully completed the taught modules (four core and one/two optional) plus your dissertation, you will qualify for a full Masters degree.

Complete the taught modules (four core and one/two optional) and qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, or four taught core modules and qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

Modules are facilitated by experienced clinicians, teachers and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive methods. Some modules take place in large groups supplemented by small group discussion or laboratory sessions that provide hands-on experience of statistical analyses. Specialist modules take place in small groups combining lecturing with student-led discussion and workshop activities often drawing on participants' professional experiences. Moodle, the virtual learning environment at both institutions, provides an online platform for sharing module information and interactive learning. These methods support and are supported by self-directed study.


Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments that may include essays, literature reviews, oral presentations, poster presentations, case studies, and data analyses. Assessments often require critical evaluation of the research on key issues; selective application of theory and research to a particular setting, group or individual in the student's experience; understanding of research methods; and skills in statistical analysis.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £7,980
  • Part-time EU: £3,990
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,960
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,980

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.

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 normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one year's taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students.

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is one year's taught programme for part-time students. Postgraduate Certificates are not offered on a full-time basis.

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.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the MSc is an advantage in applying for higher grade specialist and managerial posts and for specialisation in the area of special education needs. Graduates are also eligible to apply for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) and for some research posts.

Please note that this MSc does not lead to a professional qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist. If you are looking for a qualification to practise, please see our Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Speech and Language Therapy.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences


This course is offered jointly with University College London Institute of Education and based at City University London.

September 2016

September 2016 applications close Wednesday 24th August 2016.

For further information, contact pghealth@city.ac.uk or Shula Chiat, the City Programme Director.