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Contact details

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Email: msc-sls-admin@langsci.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4201

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£NHS funded (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

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, at www.nhsstudentgrants.co.uk

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Speech and Language Sciences MSc

This MSc is a rewarding clinical training programme and a challenging academic degree. Focusing on speech and language pathology and therapy, students consider approaches to the investigation and management of clients with communication and swallowing problems, and learn about working with clients and others professionals in health care and education.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop the skills and knowledge base required to practice competently as speech and language therapists, together with the tools necessary to assess and critically appraise theoretical and applied research. They gain the evaluation and research skills required to assess their own practice, models of service delivery and client's performance.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Successful completion of this MSc results in recommendation for membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and eligibility to apply to the Health Professions Council (HPC). HPC registration is mandatory for all UK NHS employed speech and language therapists.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits. The programme comprises twelve core modules. Students register for seven modules in Year One (totalling 165 credits) and five modules in Year Two (195 credits, including a 60-credit research project).

Core Modules Year One

  • Professional and Clinical Studies I
  • Developmental Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
  • Psychological and Linguistic Perspectives on Development
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Linguistics
  • Introduction to Speech, Hearing and Audiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Language and Hearing

Core Modules Year Two

  • Professional and Clinical Studies II
  • Management of Acquired Communication Difficulties
  • Disorders of Vocal Tract: Structure and Function
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project (see below)

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000–10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, supervised clinical placement work, practical classes and exercises. A variety of assessment methods are used. As well as coursework, practicals, clinical vivas and examinations, students are engaged in ongoing assessment as part of their professional and clinical development.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an equivalent overseas qualification who have significant experience of working with people with communication difficulties will be considered.

Overseas applicants whose first language is not English need to take the British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a minimum overall grade of 8.0 and with a grade of no lower than 7.5 in any one of the four subsets.

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

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The application deadline is the second Friday in November for the following year of entry. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Candidates are not normally accepted without interview. Interviews take place in January each year, for entry in the following August/September.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a relevant academic background who have had extensive work experience with a speech and language therapist or with clients with communication difficulties, and have a good understanding of the role of a speech and language therapist in at least one clinical setting.

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.


Most graduates work as speech and language therapists with adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing problems; these include children with speech and language disorders, people with physical disabilities, children with a cleft palate, clients who have had strokes or head injuries, cancer patients or people with progressive diseases, clients with voice disorders or those who stammer, people with severe learning difficulties and those with specific learning difficulties. Some therapists work in hospitals, some work in community health centres, some are involved in domiciliary work, connected to a school, or work in specialist centres.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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