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.
The Speech, Language & Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice MSc will help you:
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:
If your first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is required:
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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
Applications for 2020 entry are now open.
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
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
*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).
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.
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.
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 free language course for City, University of London students.
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.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
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.
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.
Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments that may include:
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.
The taught programme comprises:
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.
Elective modules are chosen from a wide range available at both institutions. Timing depends on module choice. Current electives include:
At UCL IOE:
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.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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.