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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: NHS funded
  • Overseas Full-time: 21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 7 November 2014

More details in Application section.

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 and Care Professions Council (HCPC). HCPC registration is mandatory for all UK NHS employed speech and language therapists.

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

Core Modules Year One

  • Professional Studies I
  • Management of Communication Disorders 1: Language and Cognition (developmental)
  • Management of Communication Disorders 2: Speech and Hearing
  • Linguistic and Psychological Perspectives
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Research Methods I

Core Modules Year Two

  • Professional and Clinical Studies II
  • Management of Communication Disorders 3: Language and Cognition (acquired)
  • Management of Communication Disorders 4: Speech, Swallowing and Voice
  • Brain, Mind and Health
  • Research Methods II
  • 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:


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

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 an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Special - IELTS only (8.0 overall, 7.5 in subtests)

How to apply

The application deadline is 7 November 2014. 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.

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Psychology and Language Sciences

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