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  1. Speech Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice
    1. 2016
    2. 2017

Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice

MSc |
Fostering critical reflection, specialist knowledge, and joint professional practice between school-based professionals supporting children with speech, language and communication needs.

Key Information

Start date

January 2017


Full-time: One year
Part-time: Two years

Full time study requires one year for the taught modules, and up to one year for the dissertation.

Part-time study involves two years for taught modules, and up to one year for the dissertation.

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Full-time: £7,980

Part-time: £3,990 per year


Full-time: £15,960

Part-time: £7,980 per year

Who is it 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.


This MSc is jointly run by City, University of London and UCL Institute of Education. It brings together speech and language therapists, teachers and other graduate school-based practitioners for collaborative study.

The programme is designed to enable students to:

  • Understand and critically reflect on research and professional practice across both education and health
  • Develop high level knowledge of educational contexts and children’s language, social, emotional and behavioural development and needs
  • Enhance students’ understanding of research methods and skills
  • Complete a research project in a chosen area under expert supervision
  • Enjoy stimulation and fresh thinking in a community of fellow students, practitioners and research experts
  • Gain recognition as a specialist in a field.

Requirements and 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


  • 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 required:

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

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

Research Excellence
Learn from a team that combines expert clinicians and internationally recognised researchers.


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.

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

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.


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 of 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.

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


  • Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education (30 credits)
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development in Children with Specific Speech, Language and Communication Needs (30 credits)

At City:

Elective modules


  • Literacy Development (30 credits)
  • Reading and Spelling Difficulties (30 credits)
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) (30 credits)
  • Autism: Research and Practice (30 credits)
  • Psychology for Special Needs (30 credits)
  • Inclusive Pedagogy (30 credits)
  • Literacy Practice in Writing and Comprehension (30 credits)

At City:

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 of 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.

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 or teacher. If you are looking for a qualification to practise, please see our Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Speech and Language Therapy.

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