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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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

£9,250 (FT)
£25,880 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 20 April 2018

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. The Department of Health and Social Care have confirmed that new England-domiciled students on this programme will be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans via Student Finance England. This applies even if they have already taken out loans for a previous undergraduate degree. More information on studying allied health professions in England is on the official Council of Deans of Health website. Students from other UK Home nations or the EU should contact the department to ask about what’s available.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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.

International students

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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About this degree

You will learn to apply knowledge from a range of academic subjects to speech and language therapy (SLT) practice. Innovative and authentic learning methods help you develop skills such as team-working, assessment and therapy, self-evaluation. The curriculum promotes strong research skills, enabling you to evaluate and add to the evidence-base for the SLT profession. The programme prepares you well for future leadership roles.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.

The programme comprises 12 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).

Year one core modules

  • Professional Studies 1
  • Management of Communication Disorders 1: Language and Cognition (developmental)
  • Management of Communication Disorders 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 Disorders 4: Speech, Swallowing and Voice
  • Brain, Mind and Health
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project

There are no optional modules on this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000 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 programme 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 RCSLT recommendations.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Speech and Language Sciences MSc


The UK/EU fee for this programme is currently under review.  The Department of Health and Social Care have confirmed that new students on this programme will be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans via Student Finance England. This applies even if they have already taken out loans for a previous undergraduate degree.

More information on studying allied health professions in England is on the official Council of Deans of Health 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.


Most graduates from this programme work as speech and language therapists, providing specialist assessment, intervention and support to adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties, for example people with autism spectrum disorder, developmental language or learning difficulties, neurological conditions, dementia. They work in the NHS, in hospitals, specialist centres, in the community and in education settings, in mainstream or special schools and children's centres. Our graduates are well placed to take up further research and to fast-track into highly specialist speech and language therapist roles.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Speech and Language Therapist, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Speech and Language Therapist, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Speech and Language Therapist, King's College Hospital (NHS)
  • Speech and Language Therapist, Ministry of Education New Zealand
  • Speech and Language Therapist, The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust


The programme is highly regarded by employers, with over 90% of graduates employed in speech and language therapy roles within six months of qualifying. Workplace learning in numerous clinical placements enables you to apply your knowledge from a range of disciplines to assessing and managing communication difficulties in real-life speech and language therapy contexts. This MSc also 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 synthesis of information, report writing, research skills.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

You will benefit directly from UCL's world-leading research and teaching, supported by facilities such as 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 that you will attend a range of high-quality clinical placements.

This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). UCL will pay for your student membership of RCSLT. This qualification allows you to practise as an SLT in the UK.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Student / staff numbers › 181 staff including 173 postdocs › 780 taught students › 440 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"My research focuses on speech and language therapy with people who have aphasia (an acquired language disorder) following a stroke. I carry out research into alternative strategies to help them communicate, such as drawing and gesture. I also collaborate with a number of voluntary and NHS organisations to evaluate the service they offer to people who have had a stroke, based on the perspective of the users of that service. Being in London allows me to access a range of professional networks. I have developed very strong links with NHS and other clinical placement providers ensuring that our students benefit from high quality placement experiences. "

Carol Sacchett

Speech and Language Sciences MSc, Language Sciences MSc
UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
Staff view

"Working in an environment of enthusiastic and dedicated people has contributed hugely to my own development and hopefully to that of our students. My research focuses on people with progressive neurological disorders such as motor neurone disease and Parkinson's disease, particularly as their speech deteriorates.The aim is to work with patients, SLTs and neurologists to develop new approaches to manage communication as speech gets worse. I enjoy working with students, many of whom bring fresh ideas and question existing practice in SLT. Seeing students develop in terms of confidence and professional identity is very rewarding. I also enjoy being in an environment where professionals and academics can learn from each other. There is a genuine culture of enquiry at UCL. Perhaps most importantly I enjoy the fact that I can use my skills to their best potential."

Senior Lecturer Steve Bloch

Speech and Language Sciences MSc
UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
Student view

"UCL has an unparalleled reputation in the UK and globally as a centre of excellence and I knew that studying here would mean being surrounded by and taught by leading experts in the field. I also knew a degree from UCL would carry gravity and significance in the eyes of future employers.The great advantage for this particular course is that London is a diverse and cosmopolitan metropolis, which brings up many issues to consider as a student SLT, including bi- and multilingualism, English as an additional language, multiculturalism, clients of different religious backgrounds. Having exposure to this on placement requires additional consideration, planning and adaptations which is great practise for being a flexible practitioner."

Leo Morgan

Speech and Language Sciences MSc

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
20 April 2018

Candidates are not normally accepted without interview. Most interviews will take place in mid-May, there may be some interviews held in the first week of January,

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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