Speech and Language Sciences MSc
This MSc is an accredited professional programme leading to qualification as a speech and language therapist (SLT). The programme integrates theory with work-based clinical placements with adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties. The programme has an excellent reputation, and over 90% of graduates are working in SLT-related posts within six months of qualifying.
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. UK/EU tuition fees for this programme are funded by the NHS.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Final year students on course for an upper second-class Bachelor's degree can also apply.
Before you submit your application, please download and fill out the following document and attach to your application as a supporting document. This will help us assess your relevant work experience. Summary of Work Experience Form
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 8.0 with a minimum of 7.5 in each of the subtests.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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What will students learn?
Students learn to apply knowledge from a range of academic subjects to speech and language therapy practice. Innovative and authentic learning methods develop necessary skills such as team-working, assessment and therapy, self-evaluation. The research-based curriculum promotes strong research skills, enabling students to evaluate and add to the evidence-base for the profession. The programme prepares students well for future leadership roles.
Why study this degree?
Students will benefit directly from UCL's world-leading research and teaching in language, mind and behaviour, supported by facilities such as cutting-edge laboratories, the on-site national SLT library and our in-house clinic.
You will be taught by experts in the field, including specialist speech and language therapists, psychologists, linguists, neurologists. Our strong partnership with SLT services across London ensures the high-quality and currency of the curriculum.
This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. This qualification allows you to practise as a SLT in the UK.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is suitable for students with a strong academic background who are committed to a career as a speech and language therapist. You should have a good understanding of the profession and some experience of working with people with communication difficulties. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential.
- Core purpose and values of the programme
The core purpose of the training course is to produce speech and language therapists trained to a high standard in academic, clinical and research domains, enabling them to meet the standards described by the HCPC Standards of Education and Training and Standards of Proficiency and the accreditation criteria of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and to qualify them for work within the National Health Service (NHS).
The values of the Course are aligned with those set out in the following codes:
· the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
· the RCSLT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
· UCL Student Disciplinary Code
· the NHS Constitution
The values embodied in these codes are reflected at all stages and in all domains of the programme – in its application processes, in the content and delivery of the teaching programme, in clinical placements and in the professional and personal support offered to trainees.
The NHS constitution sets out some core values which can be summarised as follows:
· putting clients first and involving everyone who is relevant to their care
· speaking up in the client’s interests when things go wrong
· affording respect and dignity to clients, their families and fellow professionals, valuing them as individuals and respecting their aspirations and commitments
· offering resources to the benefit of the whole community and ensuring that people are not excluded or discriminated against
· offering high-quality, safe and effective care
· offering care that is compassionate and responsive to the needs of clients, their families and carers
· improving health and well-being and people’s experience of the NHS
Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.
The programme comprises twelve core modules. Students register for six modules in year one (totaling 165 credits) and six modules in year two (195 credits, including a 60-credit research project).
YEAR ONE CORE MODULES
- Professional Studies 1
- Management of Communication Disorders 1: Language and Cognition (developmental)
- Management of Communication Disorder 2: Speech and Hearing
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Linguistic and Psychological Perspectives
- Research and Evidence Based Practice
YEAR TWO CORE MODULES
- Professional Studies 2
- Management of Communication Disorders 3: Language and Cognition (acquired)
- Management of Communication Disorder 4: Speech, Swallowing and Voice
- Brain, Mind and Health
- Research Methods
- Research Project
There are no optional modules for this programme.
DISSERTATION / PROJECT
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000 - 10,000 words. Students also present their project orally to a group of peers.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, workshops, supervised clinical placements, practical classes and self-directed learning. Collaborative peer-working features strongly throughout. A variety of assessment methods are used, including coursework, presentations, clinical vivas, written examinations and practice-based assessment on placement.
Students attend both weekly and block placements, from the start of the course working alongside qualified SLTs in a wide range of settings including hospitals, community, schools and charities. Placements are organised such that each student gains a breadth of experience. Students undertake over 700 hours of supervised clinical practice over the two year course, well above the RCSLT recommendation.
Director of Studies in SLT: Carol Sacchett
Programme Director: Rachel Rees
Practice Education Lead: Janet Wood
Teaching Administrator: Anna Casey
Teaching staff (NB: staff may occasionally be absent for a term or more on research or other leave)
September 2017Accreditation: Health and Care Professions Council, Royal College of Speech and Language TherapistsLocation: London, Bloomsbury
For UK and EU students, tuition fees for this programme are normally paid in full by the Department of Health.
Information about bursaries can be found on the NHS Student Grants Unit website.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students with a strong academic background who are committed to a career as speech and language therapists. You should have a good understanding of the profession and some experience of working with people with communication difficulties. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential.
- All applicants
- 18 November 2016
Candidates are not normally accepted without interview. Interviews take place in January each year, for entry in the following August/September.
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Speech and Language Sciences at graduate level
- why you want to study Speech and Language Sciences at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
You will also need to demonstrate knowledge of the values of the NHS Constitution.
Deadline for Applications
The deadline for entry in 2017 is 4pm Friday 18 November 2016. We do not accept late applications and there is no clearing for this programme.
Interviews will take place in Chandler House, 3-5 January 2017.
For information on general scholarship opportunities, please select the link below:
Following the latest consultation, we can confirm that NHS funding will be available for the 2017 intake.
You can read the consultation outcome here, page 16.
Most graduates work as speech and language therapists with adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties, such as people with autism spectrum disorder, specific language or learning difficulties, people who have had strokes or head injuries. They work in the NHS, for example in hospitals, community health centres, specialist centres or domicilairy services. Many graduates work in education settings, such as mainstream or specialist schools and children's centres. Emerging areas of work are youth justice and dementia services. Graduates are well placed to take up further research and to develop into specialist SLTs.
The programme is highly regarded by employers. As a professional training programme, this MSc develops a range of transferable skills relevant to employability, such as: interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written presentation skills, collaboration and teamworking, critical evaluation, integration and sythesis of information, report writing, behaviour management and change. Workplace learning in clinical placements enables students to apply their knowledge from a range of disciplines - including linguistics, phonetics, psychology and neurology - to assessing and managing communication difficulties in real life speech and language therapy contexts.
September 2017Accreditation: Health and Care Professions Council, Royal College of Speech and Language TherapistsLocation: London, Bloomsbury
Application and next steps
- Open Days
There are no open days planned at present.
- What is the deadline for applying for this programme?
- What type of work experience do you look for?
- Why do I need experience of speech and language therapy and/or with people with communication difficulties?
- How much experience do I need to have of speech and language therapy and/or with people with communication difficulties? What type of experience should this be?
- How long should my personal statement be?
- My undergraduate degree is in an unrelated area can I apply?
- What is the start date for this programme?
- Will there be any open days for this programme?
- Do I have to have an interview for the programme?
- How many applications do you normally receive?
- Are there some suggested readings for applicants?
- How many days a week will I need to come into college?
- Are there any options for studying this programme part-time?
- I am a single parent will I be able to fit studying for this programme around my childcare responsibilities?
- It will be difficult for me to get two academic references. Is it possible to send non-academic references?
- I am a mature applicant and I don’t have a degree but I have relevant experience can I apply?
- I am still studying my undergraduate degree can I apply?
- I am an international applicant but I have been living in the UK for many years will I have to pay overseas fees?
- What is the starting salary for a Speech and Language Therapist?
What is the deadline for applying for this programme?
The deadline for applying for the 2016 intake has now passed. Please do not attempt to send in an application for 2016 as we will not be able to consider it. Late applications are not accepted for this course - please do not ask.
The deadline for applying for entry in 2017 is 4pm on Friday 18th November 2016. Applications must be completed, including transcripts, summary of work experience and references by the same deadline.
What type of work experience do you look for?
As well as academic experience we do look for candidates who have done work experience/voluntary work with a speech and language therapist or with clients with communication difficulties. Good places to ask are: your local PCT, schools, charitable organisations such as Stroke association, Parkinson’s disease association, Headway, Autistic society.
Why do I need experience of speech and language therapy and/or with people with communication difficulties?
In order to understand the demands of the course and, ultimately the profession you plan to enter, you must obtain experience working with individuals who have communication difficulties and an understanding of the role of a SLT.
The course is intense and you must have confidence and comfort in working with clients who have difficulty communicating. You must also have a good understanding of the role of a Speech and Language Therapist in one or more clinical setting.
How much experience do I need to have of speech and language therapy and/or with people with communication difficulties? What type of experience should this be?
All applicants must demonstrate relevant work experience. This work can be paid or voluntary and can be full-time or part-time. It should have been completed within the previous 24 months.
We recommend at least 25 days of work with clients with communication difficulties, plus observation of a speech and language therapist at work and/ or time spent talking with a SLT (for example at an open day). Many candidates invited for interview have completed 6-12 months of suitable work experience, including regular contact with a SLT.
It is of course not only the number of days, but the quality of the experiences and the way in which you have thought about what you have seen and reflected on the experience that you will demonstrate in your application.
How long should my personal statement be?
We advise to use the 3000 characters provided, alternatively one side of A4 no smaller than point 12 in your chosen font. Overlength statements will not be read.
My undergraduate degree is in an unrelated area can I apply?
Yes. We have students who have successfully completed the course with undergraduate degrees in many different subjects, including archaeology, law, anthropology, and geography. You can apply if you hold any UK honours degree at a 2.1 or above, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution.
If you are applying with a qualification from overseas, please look at the UCL website for international students for information on equivalent qualifications.
What is the start date for this programme?
The start date is usually the first week of September depending on the academic calendar.
Will there be any open days for this programme?
There are no events planned at present.
Due to limits on staff time it is only possible for applicants to visit Chandler House on days when there is a planned information session or open day.
Do I have to have an interview for the programme?
Yes. We interview shortlisted applicants during January. You must be available to interview in January if you wish your application to be successful.
How many applications do you normally receive?
We have approx 400 applications each year for approx 50 places on the course.
Are there some suggested readings for applicants?
Yes please click here for suggested introductory readings
How many days a week will I need to come into college?
You must be able to commit 5 full days a week for this programme. Where possible the timetable is arranged to allow private study days but the timetable varies throughout the year. To view a sample timetable please click here.
Are there any options for studying this programme part-time?
No. Due to the nature of this course there are no options for part-time study.
I am a single parent will I be able to fit studying for this programme around my childcare responsibilities?
It would be very difficult to undertake this programme if you are a single parent with no support. You must be able to commit 5 full days a week plus study time in the evenings.
It will be difficult for me to get two academic references. Is it possible to send non-academic references?
We prefer to have academic references where possible but if you have been out of education for some time you can send two non-academic references e.g. from work or a work placement.
I am a mature applicant and I don’t have a degree but I have relevant experience can I apply?
If you do not hold an honours degree at a 2.1 or above you are not eligible to apply for the course.
I am still studying my undergraduate degree can I apply?
We accept applications from those in their final year, who are on course for a 2:1 or above.
I am an international applicant but I have been living in the UK for many years will I have to pay overseas fees?
Your fee status will be determined by the UCL Admissions Office depending on your length of stay in the UK and your residency status. It is often not possible to determine your fee status until the Admissions Office receive your application form and copies of your passport and any other documents needed to make a formal assessment of your fee status.
The international office website which may have information on sources of funding for international student
What is the starting salary for a Speech and Language Therapist?
An NHS Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist can expect a salary of £21,909-£28,426 with an additional London weighting of 20% (approx £4,100 per year) for inner London, 15% (approx £3,500 per year) for outer London and 5% (approx £900) for the fringe of London. This information is correct as of August 2016 but subject to change.
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