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.
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.
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.
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