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Course summary

This professionally focussed master’s programme is designed for qualified Speech and Language Therapists or those with relevant professional experience. It integrates theoretical and research knowledge with reflections on clinical practice. Delivered online, using a variety of interactive methods, it provides you with a qualification that is highly regarded both professionally and academically. You will be encouraged to think in new ways about disorders of language, communication and swallowing through exploring and critically analysing developments in theory and clinical practice. You will develop knowledge and skills that can be applied across different language and cultural contexts. A mix of core and elective modules will allow you to build your professional knowledge while also pursuing your own particular areas of interest. The flexible modular structure allows you to work to postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or full master’s level. If you are a practising speech and language therapist, this programme will enable you to increase your clinical knowledge and expertise and develop the research skills necessary to progress to specialist roles or further study. The course is also ideal if you are a graduate from a related discipline, such as psychology or linguistics, with an interest in pursuing a research career in the field of communication disorders. This course does not qualify you to practise as a speech and language therapist. If you are seeking entry to the speech and language therapy profession you should apply for our MSc in Speech and Language Therapy.


With the exception of one optional module (Practical Audiology) the programme is delivered online through a mix of live teaching sessions, typically on Zoom, supplemented by pre-recorded teaching made available on our online learning platform. Practical Audiology will be taught on campus in our specialist labs To gain the MSc or a Postgraduate Diploma you will study one core module and between 4 and 6 optional modules (the number taken will depend on their credit value). Your optional modules must include at least two discipline-specific modules (related to speech, language, communication or swallowing) totalling 45 credits. The others can also be discipline specific or chosen from level 7 module options across the School of Health & Psychological Sciences. Discipline specific modules run in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. A typical 15-credit module involves between 20 and 30 hours of teaching. For all modules, you will undertake extensive additional private study (at least eight hours a week). In order to gain the MSc you will undertake a research dissertation, in addition to the taught modules. The dissertation involves up to one year of independent data collection/analysis and study, supported by a supervisor. To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Speech Language and Communication you will need to complete two, three or four modules totalling 60 credits. These must include at least two discipline-specific modules in the area of speech, language, communication or swallowing. 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.

Assessment method

Our academic team includes high-profile academic clinicians, internationally-renowned research leaders and senior practitioners. Teaching is informed by current research, including studies undertaken at City. You will have the opportunity to undertake projects linked to our current research and clinical practice. You will learn through a mix of interactive online methods, including live sessions typically delivered on Zoom, and self-directed study. The optional module, Practical Audiology, is the only module delivered on campus, and includes lab work in our specialist facilities. Most teaching is in small groups, allowing for discussion and sharing of ideas. The course does not include clinical placements, but in all modules connections are made to clinical practice, for example through case based examples. You will be assessed using a variety of methods that explore the depth of your knowledge and skills, including literature reviews, essays, oral presentations, research proposals and data based exercises. All discipline specific modules employ coursework, rather than exam based assessments. The course can be completed without University attendance, but you will have full access to the online resources of the University, including our excellent library facilities and student support services.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should hold one of the following: •A first or second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Speech and Language Therapy •A first or second-class honours degree in a related field e.g. Psychology, Linguistics, Special Education. 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. TOEFL 100 overall

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14750 Year 1
England £11800 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11800 Year 1
Scotland £11800 Year 1
Wales £11800 Year 1
International £14750 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Studies) at City, University of London - UCAS