Newcastle University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Clinical Linguistics and Evidence-Based Practice (Research)

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Course summary

Our course provides a foundation in research methodology and evidence based practice in a flexible format. You can develop your own area of interest in a research or Evidence Based Practice (EBP) framework. It forms part of the 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) scheme under the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership. This course is intended for graduates in clinical linguistics, psychology, speech and language therapy or a related discipline with an interest in research in speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders. The course will cover: •social science theory, approaches and research methods •research methods in the discipline appropriate to your planned dissertation project and future doctoral research •advanced scholarship and practice in areas within that discipline as well as an awareness of current research •design and implementation of an original investigation including statistical and/or qualitative analyses and interpretation of findings •development of communication skills appropriate to sharing the findings of a clinical investigation with a professional audience through a conference presentation and manuscript suitable for submission to a scientific journal You will be taught by internationally renowned researchers and lecturers, such as Professor David Howard, Professor Nick Miller and Professor James Law. They will support you to develop research and enquiry in specialist clinical areas. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises the programme as a Research Master's award, making it ideal preparation for a PhD under the ESRC funded 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) degree scheme. Delivery: The course is delivered by Speech and Language Sciences in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. The five modules are taught in blocks of three –four days of intensive lectures, seminars and group work. Two Humanities and Social Science Faculty modules are taught on a weekly basis. Your research project can take the form of a systematic review of the evidence base or an original small scale research project. Facilities: There are three on-site clinics that provide assessment and intervention services to adults and children with communication difficulties: •the Tavistock Aphasia Centre (North East) •The Literacy Clinic •The Children's Speech and Language Therapy Clinic. These facilities also provide clinical placements for our students and a research facility for students and staff. We have a Language Analysis Lab devoted to clinical linguistic and phonetic analysis, in addition to other facilities.

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area, such as: •linguistics •psychology •speech and language pathology. This course is only available to those applying for a studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The course forms part of the 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) scheme under the North East Doctoral Training Centre. To start the course your application for ESRC funding must be successful. We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications or relevant professional experience in speech and language therapy. International Students: To study this course you need to meet our Band 8 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills) If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.


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Clinical Linguistics and Evidence-Based Practice at Newcastle University - UCAS