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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
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MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)

Entry Year:
A flexible, professional programme for speech and language therapists, helping you enhance your career by developing your expertise on communication disorders and swallowing.

Key information

Start date

September 2020
January 2021

Academic year dates


Full time: a minimum of one year, with a maximum of three years' registration to complete the programme. Students can opt to submit dissertations during a second year.

Part time: a minimum of two years, with a maximum of five years' registration to complete the programme.

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.

See more about duration


Full-time: £10,800 per year

Part-time: £5,400 per year


Full-time: £17,340 per year

Part-time: £8,670 per year


Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This course is designed for qualified speech and language therapists. It will help you extend your clinical knowledge and expertise, and develop new research skills in preparation for specialist clinical positions or further research.

This MSc is also suitable for graduates from related disciplines, such as psychology or linguistics, who are aiming to pursue research careers in the field of communication disorders.

This course is not suitable for candidates wishing to enter the speech and language therapy profession. If you wish to qualify as an SLT, please apply to our Speech & Language Therapy Programme.


The MSc in Speech, Language & Communication (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) will:

  • Help you 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
  • Develop knowledge and skills that 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

To apply for this course, you should hold one of the following:

  • A first or second-class honours degree, or the equivalent, from an international institution in an appropriate subject
  • The Licentiate Diploma of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

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

September 2020

January 2021

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 5000

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

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More about fees

PG Diploma (1 year full time, 2 years part time)

Home/EU full-time 2020/21: £8,160 per year

Home/EU part-time 2020/21: £4,080 per year

Non EU (overseas) full-time 2020/21: £15,300 per year

Non EU (overseas) part-time 2020/21: £7,650 per year

PG Certificate (1 year part time)

Home/EU part-time 2020/21: £4,080 per year

Non EU (overseas) part-time 2020/21: £7,650 per year


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

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).

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 visit the City Finance website.


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 in Health and Social Care) and the MSc Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice from leading Professors Jane Marshall and Shula Chait from the School of Health Sciences Division of Language & Communication Science.

Academic facilities

As an MSc student, you will have access to specialist labs, providing:

  • Speech and hearing instrumentation.
  • Computing resources.
  • 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

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 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.

Learn a language for free

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

Find out how to apply


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.

View academic timetables

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. 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.

Modules are taught by high-profile academic clinicians, internationally renowned research leaders and senior practitioners. In some modules, there are also contributions from service users.

You will learn through a blend of lectures, seminars, labs, and project work. Group sizes vary, but many elective modules involve small-group teaching. Face-to-face teaching is supplemented by Moodle, our online learning platform, which provides extensive learning resources and interactive opportunities, such as discussion fora.

Many modules entail student-led activities, such as presentations.  All encourage active learning and the sharing of ideas and professional experience.


Modules are assessed through a variety of methods that may include:

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

You will be appraised in your ability to assess, critically interpret and apply the research literature, and in your academic writing and communication skills. Specific skills, such as statistical analysis, will be required by some module assessments.


To gain the MSc or a Postgraduate Diploma 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 eight hours a week).

In order to gain the MSc you will undertake a research dissertation, in addition to the 7 taught modules. The 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 need to complete three or four modules totalling 60 credits. These must include at least two discipline-specific modules in the area of Speech Language and Communication.

Full-time students complete the taught modules in one year, for example taking three or four modules per term.  Part-time students complete them over two years.

Core modules

Discipline specific modules

Elective modules

Options include:

Full time students complete the taught modules in one year, for example taking three or four modules per term. Part time students complete them over two years.

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

This course is for qualified speech and language therapists who are aiming to enhance their careers. The MSc award will qualify you for posts in the UK and abroad which require a Masters degree, such as specialist clinical positions or research posts.

The course is ideal for other graduates seeking a research career in the field of communication disorders.

Past graduates have progressed into senior clinical roles, doctoral study and research positions.

Contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team

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