Doctorate Speech and Language Therapy - frequently asked questions

What are the fees for the programme?

For UK/EU students starting in 2010 the fees are £2680 (per year for each of the four years). There may be a small percentage rise over the four years.  Please consult the Graduate School pages for more on fees and possible sorces of funding requirements for part-time study.

What are the differences between the DSLT and a traditional PhD?

The programme is designed for SLTs working in clinical settings who wish to investigate clinically based research questions arising from their own or their team’s clinical practice. The research will be carried out at their place of work. The standard of research expected for the DSLT is at the same level as for a traditional PhD in terms of the structure of the project and the format for the thesis (although a shorter word length is specified).

A traditional PhD has no taught elements and is usually 3 years full-time, although it can be carried out on a part-time basis. The DSLT is a 4 year part-time programme with taught modules in the first two years.

The DSLT provides taught components and training in research methods appropriate for speech and language therapy (SLT) researchers beyond Masters level. One of the advantages of these taught modules is that DSLT students meet up with the other students in their cohort on a regular basis, as well as meeting doctoral students from other programmes.

The DSLT taught modules are assessed and students must pass modules in order to progress to the following year. The final assessment will be of the thesis, and, as for traditional PhDs, will be by means of a viva voce examination.

Can I use the title Dr after completing the doctorate?


Do I need to have a clinical role?

Yes you must have a clinical post where you can carry out your research.

How many days per week will I need to spend on the doctorate?

The DSLT course has been designed so that students attend UCL 2 days a week so they are able to continue their clinical work the other 3 days.

Students attend UCL for taught modules on 2 days per week during term-time (usually Wednesdays and Fridays) during the first 2 years of the course. Your research may take more than 2 days per week, but it will be integrated with your clinical role. Depending on your research project there may not be a clear divide in the time allocation between your clinical work and your clinic based research work. You will also be coming into UCL on a regular basis to meet your research supervisors.

To view a sample timetable for the programme click here

Do I have to have an interview for the programme?

Yes.  Interview dates for 2012-13 entry have not yet been agreed. Please check this page regularly for updates.

You will be asked about your planned research project at the interview.

Do I need to have been in touch with potential supervisors before I apply for the programme?

Yes. You should make contact with potential supervisors before you apply for the programme and you must include their names on your application form. You will have 2 supervisors at least one of whom should be a speech and language therapist. It is likely that one or both supervisors will be a member of staff at UCL.

Where possible we will arrange for your potential supervisors to attend your interview for the programme.

The research groups and research Centres are a good place to start to inform yourself about supervision expertise in the department. Here is a link to the Research Department groupings webpage.  You may e-mail a potential supervisor to discuss your research plans.

What is the start date for this programme?

Late September 2012.

Do I need to have a Masters degree to apply?

Applicants should have a masters degree or be able to demonstrate research experience e.g. in the form of publications.

If you have further queries please contact the Programme Administrator, Kea Young at kea.young@ucl.ac.uk

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