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  2. 2020
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MSc Speech and Language Therapy

Entry Year:
Develop the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a fast-track career in speech and language therapy with MSc.

Key information

Start date

September 2020

Academic year dates


Two years full-time


Full-time: £9,250


Full-time: £18,205

Application period

Applications are now closed.


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Who is it for?

The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is designed for students who are committed to a rewarding career in speech and language therapy.

As a graduate with a first degree from another area or discipline, this course provides you with a fast-track route into speech and language therapy, enabling you to gain a pre-registration healthcare qualification in two years as opposed to the usual three to four.

Ruth was recently a Speech and Language Therapy student. Watch her video to find out more about her experiences and thoughts on life as a postgraduate student at City, University of London.


City's MSc Speech and Language Therapy has an excellent reputation and is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science.

The MSc will help you:

  • Take a fast-track route into speech and language therapy
  • Learn a range of subjects to develop your understanding of typical speech, language, communication, swallowing and of pathologies in these areas
  • Integrate theoretical and real-world knowledge in considering approaches to the assessment and management of clients with communication and swallowing problems
  • Understand how to take a holistic approach to your clients’ needs
  • Gain real-world experience by undertaking clinical placements within a range of settings
  • Prepare for a career in a challenging and varied field – from working with autistic children and people who stammer to adults who have lost their speech following a stroke.


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The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the UK-wide regulatory body for healthcare professions.

On successfully completing the MSc Speech and Language Therapy you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and practise as a speech and language therapist in the NHS and other settings.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will need:

  • An upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard
  • A minimum of five grade 4 (C) passes in GCSE or equivalent, including English and Mathematics.

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) clearance.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made. At the Selection Day applicants are interviewed to assess their values match those of the NHS constitution, as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the course from our staff and students. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.

English requirements

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of appropriate English Language proficiency.

TOEFL iBT: 110 overall with at least 30 in Writing, 29 in reading and Listening and 28 in Speaking sections.

For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • 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

Applications for September 2020 are now closed. 

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More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** 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).


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000

The Government has announced that from September 2020 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of £5,000 a year. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company.

The Government has also announced additional funding for specific courses or to help students with childcare costs. We will update our website once more details have been announced by the Government. Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 - read the news article

Applications for this new funding can be made from Wednesday 1st July 2020, please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website for more information.  You can also read their FAQs for more information about the funding available, how to apply and eligibility.

Tuition fee and maintenance loans

The Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed that from August 2018 this course will be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans via Student Finance England. This will bring funding arrangements in line with undergraduate pre-registration courses.

If you have already received a student loan for a previous undergraduate course, you are eligible to apply for a second loan for this course. Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

Find out more about the loan arrangements, scholarships and additional financial support available.

Speech and language therapy student – postgraduate perspective

Ruth, a recent Speech and Language Therapy student, shares her experience and thoughts on life as a postgraduate student at City, University of London.


The MSc Speech and Language Therapy course provides you with many opportunities for clinical practice, including attendance at health centres, schools, departmental clinics, special educational settings and hospitals throughout the London area.

International opportunities

Current Speech and Language Therapy students at City can apply to volunteer abroad at the end of their course, with schemes which have included the City-Cambodia project, the Kyaninga Child Development Centre in Uganda, or Lockerbie College in Barbados. Students apply for such opportunities directly through the Division of Language and Communication Science or through City, University of London’s volunteering team. These opportunities offer a great experience to practise what has been learnt on the course and further develop skills in an international setting.

You can find out more from students who’ve already benefitted from these experiences; Helena volunteered in Cambodia, Alex in Uganda, and Dimitri in Barbados.

Work experience

There is no prerequisite for number of hours undertaken in work experience before you apply but it can be useful for interview and preparation if you have a basic understanding of what Speech and Language Therapists do with paediatric and adults clients.

There are many ways to get clinical work experience. Some of these are listed below:

  • Shadow a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT). Contacting local community health centres, schools, nurseries, hospitals or private therapists to ask whether you could shadow someone. This could be a single day observation or several weeks.
  • Working (either paid or voluntary) as a SLT assistant.
  • Contacting local charities for people with stroke, brain injury and other diseases or disorders (both paediatric and adult) e.g. Stroke Association, Age UK, Headway UK.
  • Working within a range of settings where a SLT may work (either paid or voluntary) such as a school or nursery, health centre or hospital, nursing or residential care home.

There is no part-time route available. During a typical week in term time you will spend three days at City, one day on placement and one day private study, although this can vary. You will also undertake intensive placement blocks in the summer. There are approximately 1100 student learning hours per year with around 320 of these as face-to-face learning in City and a further 240 hours on placement.

Academic facilities

As an MSc student, you will have access to specialist labs and equipment, such as ultrasound and laryngographs to help you understand speech production and audiological equipment when learning about hearing and deafness.

The Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre, opened in January 2016, is our specialist speech and language therapy clinic. The Centre contains state-of-the-art equipment to enable staff within the Division of Language and Communication Science to deliver cutting-edge research and services to patients.

Moodle is an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment which provides you with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools and is a key element of our blended learning approach, combining face-to-face teaching with online activity.

Campus tour

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.


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

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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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.

Ask a student

Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

City's MSc Speech & Language Therapy has an excellent reputation and is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science.

You will learn with expert staff who are leaders in the field of speech and language therapy. The innovative and research-informed curriculum is supported by a busy in-house speech and language therapy clinic led by specialist staff. It is considered to be one of the leading educational environments in the world.

We also have close links with speech and language therapy services throughout London, with many practitioners from these services acting as clinical tutors on our courses.

The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is a very intensive programme which requires full-time study by attending lectures, small-group problem-solving sessions, practical classes and tutorials. You will also have access to the most up-to-date equipment in the Speech Acoustics Laboratory and innovative online learning materials.

During your clinical placements, you will benefit from the supervision of a qualified therapist.


Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments and examinations. Your clinical progress will also be monitored by supervising clinicians.


During the MSc Speech and Language Therapy course you will learn about the foundations of speech and language, about how children learn to talk and about disorders that affect communication.

A number of subjects equip you for the analysis of speech, language and hearing difficulties, such as phonetics, linguistics and audiology. You will also develop research skills and the ability to apply evidence based practice. You will undertake weekly and block clinical placements in both years of the course.


  • Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development
  • Bio-medical Sciences
  • Life Span Psychology and Research Methods
  • Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Augmentative and Alternative
  • Dysphagia, Voice, Motor Speech Disorders, Dementia
  • Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development
  • Professional Studies A
  • Evidence Based Practice and Data Analysis
  • Acoustic Phonetics, Audiology and Deafness
  • Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Child Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate
  • Professional Studies B
  • Research Project

When you have successfully completed 13 modules totalling 240 credits you will qualify for an MSc Speech and Language Therapy.

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

On successfully completing the MSc Speech & Language Therapy, you will be able to join a profession that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

On successfully completing the MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise your profession within the NHS or in a range of other settings, including schools, hospitals, community clinics and charities.

A career in speech and language therapy offers opportunities to work with clients of all ages in settings such as:

  • Health centres
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Charities
  • Universities.

Increasingly, many graduates also work in the private sector as independent speech and language therapists.

Working Abroad

After qualifying, you may wish to work in another English-speaking country. The qualification you will obtain leads to registration as a 'newly qualified practitioner' (NQP) with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in the UK.

By completing your NQP framework in your first year of practice and becoming fully certified members of the RCSLT, you will be able to access a 'Mutual Recognition Agreement' (MRA) which enables you to register with professional bodies in Canada, Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Ireland.

If you intend to practise in any of these countries, please access further information on the MRA through the RCSLT website, which also links to the websites of other regulatory bodies with up-to-date information on requirements in different countries.

Application Deadline

Applications for September 2020 are now closed. 

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