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

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Develop high-level knowledge and analytical skills, share your professional experience and access current research in your field, on an MSc that brings together speech and language therapists, teachers and other graduate school-based practitioners.

Key Information

Start date

January 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

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.

See more about duration

UK/EU

Full-time: £8,000 *

Part-time: £4,000 per year*

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000 *

Part-time: £8,000 per year*

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This course is for school-based professionals who provide support for children with speech, language and communication needs.

Jointly run by City, University of London and UCL Institute of Education, this MSc is a unique collaboration between international leaders in research and professional practice. It brings together speech and language therapists, teachers and other graduate school-based practitioners for collaborative study.

You will gain high-level knowledge and analytical skills, along with the opportunity to share your professional experience and perspectives, while accessing current research in your field. Participating in this programme will help you raise your profile as a specialist and leader in speech, language and communication needs in the school setting.

Objectives

The Speech, Language & Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice MSc will help you:

  • 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 your understanding of research methods and research 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.
  • Increase your credentials as a specialist and leader in your field.
  • Improve prospects for higher-grade specialist and managerial posts.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should hold a first or second-class UK honours degree or an equivalent qualification and one of the following:

  • 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

If your 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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

January 2019

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or RP(E)L.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from study at this or another institution which has previously been assessed and/or awarded credit”.

Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RP(E)L): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from the candidate’s life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.”

For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have any queries about the process, please contact the Postgraduate team: .

+44 (0)20 7040 5790
pghealth@city.ac.uk

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Partnership
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During your course

More about fees

*Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Scholarships

At the School of Health Sciences, we believe 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.

To find out more, visit the School of Health Sciences Postgraduate funding page.

Speech and Language Masters programmes from City

Find out more about City’s MSc Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice) and joint MSc Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice from leading Professors Jane Marshall and Shula Chiat from the School of Health Sciences Division of Language & Communication Science.

Academic facilities

Take a tour of the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London, a world-leading provider of healthcare education and research in the heart of London. Our Clinical Skills Centre, specialist labs, radiography suite and optometry and speech and language clinics ensure our students are well prepared for clinical placements and future careers in healthcare.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

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Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

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.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

You will learn in a dynamic and supportive atmosphere, which encourages participation and the exchange of ideas. 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.

Assessments

Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments that may include:

  • Essays.
  • Literature reviews.
  • Oral presentations.
  • Poster presentations.
  • Case studies
  • Data analyses.

Assessments require critical evaluation of 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.

Modules

The taught programme comprises:

  • Four core modules.
  • Either one elective module worth 30 credits or two elective modules each worth 15 credits.
  • A research dissertation.

Teaching takes place in three 10-week terms: autumn, spring and summer. Part-time students take one module per term.  Full-time students take two modules per term.

Each module runs over 3 to 5 whole days, 10 evenings or 10 half days. In addition, you will be expected to spend approximately half a day per week reading around the taught sessions, preparing for discussion, or completing short exercises.

You will have up to one year to complete the research dissertation.

Core modules

  • Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education (30 credits) (Autumn term, one evening per week)
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development (30 credits) (Summer term, one evening per week)
  • Language Learning and Development (15 credits) (Spring term, two whole days in January and one whole day in March)
  • Foundations of Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (15 credits) (Spring term, five whole days)

Elective modules

Elective modules are chosen from a wide range available at both institutions. Timing depends on module choice. Current electives include:

At UCL IOE:

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

At City, University of London:

Alternatively, you 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.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

As an MSc graduate, this qualification will raise your profile as a specialist and leader in speech, language and communication needs in the school setting. It is an advantage for teachers and clinicians seeking higher-grade specialist and managerial posts.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) and some research posts.

Please note: this MSc does not lead to a professional qualification as a speech and language therapist or teacher.


January 2019

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or RP(E)L.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from study at this or another institution which has previously been assessed and/or awarded credit”.

Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RP(E)L): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from the candidate’s life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.”

For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have any queries about the process, please contact the Postgraduate team: .

+44 (0)20 7040 5790
pghealth@city.ac.uk

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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