Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders MRes

Options: PG Certificate

This multi-disciplinary programme is aimed at professionals already working in child or adult services in health, education or social care who have an interest in developing research expertise and who have a motivation to carry out research in their workplace.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years
  • Flexible (up to 5 years)

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £TBC
  • UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Full-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Part-time: £TBC

Fees for flexible, modular study are based on the credit value of the selected modules and pro-rata to the appropriate full-time fee taken in an academic session.

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Students will gain knowledge and skills in applied research related to the client groups with whom they work. Key topic areas include qualitative and quantitative methods related to communication disorders research, and planning, implementing and managing research projects. Students undertaking the MRes will conduct a supervised research project in their area of professional interest.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching. Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create a vibrant and interactive environment, taking advantage of first-class resources such as the Language and Speech Library at Chandler House which incorporates the National Information Centre for Speech-language Therapy (NICeST).

Academic staff in the division have a wide range of expertise in research methods and the management of people with communication disorders. Particular areas of expertise include:

  • Acquired Aphasia
  • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Communication Difficulties Associated with Ageing
  • Children with Complex Special Needs
  • Deafness/Cochlear Implant
  • Dysphagia
  • Dyslexia
  • Developmental Language Disorders
  • Progressive Neurological Conditions
  • Speech Disorders in Children
  • Specific Language Impairment
  • Stammering
  • Written Language Difficulties

Students will be based at Chandler House which represents a world-class hub for teaching and research in human communication disorders.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a dissertation (120 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Research Methods in Primary Care (30 credits)
  • Research in Practice (15 credits)


  • Students take one of the following:
  • Either any 15-credit module from Language Sciences MSc
  • Or any 15-credit module from the UCL Centre for Health & Multi-professional Education (CHIME)


All MRes students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme takes a strong experiential learning approach through the demonstration, exploration and application of new skills. Teaching and learning is designed to reflect the demands and challenges of conducting research in students’ particular work contexts. The programme also utilises significant online learning resources and activities, which aim to facilitate learning outside normal classroom hours. These are combined with lectures, small-group working, student-led seminars and presentations based at Chandler House at UCL. Assessment is through written reports, essays, unseen written examinations and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Scholarships available for this department

Sully Scholarship

For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Awarded for academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

To reward academic merit.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants will also normally be working with children or adults with communication disabilities in education, health or social care settings. Applications are also invited from candidates with a recognised professional qualification who may not have a Bachelor's degree, but who have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience. Such applications will be assessed on an individual basis.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. The programme commences in mid-September each year. Interviews will be held on 30 June and 1 July 2014.

Students completing the PG Cert may subsequently register for the MRes. Completion of the MRes should be within a five-year period from commencing the PG Cert.

Who can apply?

The programme is best suited to those in employment seeking continuing professional development.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders at graduate level
  • why you want to study Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.


Now, more than ever before, continuing professional development (CPD) is linked to career progression. Gaining a PG Cert or an MRes in Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders will undoubtedly enhance your career opportunities within child and adult support services, and could act as a springboard to further research including study at doctoral level (please see Doctorate in Clinical Communication Science. In the long term, skills gained on this programme will place you in an exceptionally strong position to engage with research including contributing directly to research evidence.


Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) is of major importance for professionals working with vulnerable populations, and this programme is likely to enhance employability. For example, on completion you will be able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and a range of skills that relate directly to your professional career, including how to source appropriate literature, evaluate research conducted by others, select and conduct appropriate research designs, analyse data, and write a research report.

Next steps


Ms Kea Young

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Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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