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  • Entry requirements
    MSc The normal entrance requirement is a first- or second-class honours degree in an appropriate subject. The Licentiate Diploma of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists is also accepted. English language requirement For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) is required: * IELTS: 6.5 * TOEFL: 250 (Computer Test) 600 (Paper Test) 100 (Internet Test)
  • Course description
    This modular MSc offers a flexible course of study designed to:

          develop advanced specialist knowledge in the areas of speech and language therapy, language and communication, and deafness
          develop high level theoretical and research skills
          be relevant to clinical practice
          meet the needs of busy professionals

    Why choose this course?

          Clinically oriented and highly specialised teaching
          Access to internationally recognised specialist clinical centres in and around the City
          Large teaching team with diverse perspectives
          Professors you may know from book and journal publications - Barbara Dodd, Jane Marshall, Shula Chiat and Tim Pring
          Internationally recognised research in developmental and acquired language disorders
          Commitment to sharing experience, knowledge, and understanding of communication disabilities across cultures and countries
          Situated in the heart of London   

    Other routes and outcomes

    Advanced Clinical Studies (ACS) Diploma

    This option is available to speech and language therapists working in the UK.  The ACS Diploma:

          includes a clinical module which assesses clinical expertise at an advanced level
          follows a specialised pathway through taught MSc modules
          is currently available in the areas of Speech and Language Therapy with Deaf People and Acquired Neurological Disorders
          is recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.  

    Diploma in Human Communication

    This option is available to students who wish to complete only the taught modules of the MSc.

    Individual Modules

    Students may take modules on an individual basis, by agreement with Module Leaders. Successful completion of each module leads to the award of a Certificate of Credit.  

    Course content


    The MSc programme comprises 3 elements:

          2 core modules
          6 elective modules
        * research dissertation  

    The core modules develop students' skills in Research Design and Statistics, while elective modules develop advanced knowledge in particular clinical areas and currently include:

        * acquired language impairment
        * cognitive communication impairments
        * developmental language impairment
        * language learning and development
        * dysphagia and disorders of eating and drinking
        * speech acoustics and speech perception
        * habilitative audiology
        * evidence-based practice
        * identity, inclusion and living with disability
        * clinical management

    The research dissertation gives students the opportunity to undertake an original piece of research, under expert supervision, in an area of particular interest and/or clinical experience. Please see here for supervisors and the projects they offer.

    Modes of attendance

    All teaching takes place between October and April, normally on Thursdays and Fridays in the autumn and spring terms. The course may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis:

          Full time:  One year to complete 8 taught modules, with a further year to complete research dissertation
          Part time: Two years to complete taught modules (4 per year), with a further year to complete research dissertation


    Students taking this option must complete any 8 of the MSc modules. If they may want to proceed to the MSc, these modules must include the 2 core modules in Research Design and Statistics.


    Each taught MSc module is worth 15 credits. The MSc dissertation is worth 60 credits.

    Teaching methods

    Each taught module comprises 10 half-day sessions in which a variety of teaching methods are used, including lectures, workshops and discussion. Students are encouraged to work together and support each other's learning.


    These take a variety of forms including:

        * seen examinations
        * a powerpoint or poster presentation
        * clinical case studies
        * development and evaluation of clinical practice
        * a review of literature
        * practical exercises
        * a combination of these  

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