Modes and duration
- Full-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- See fees note (below) (FT)
- £24,400 (FT)
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Please note: Candidates must hold at least an upper second-class Bachelor's degree at the time of applying.
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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Students develop the skills and knowledge base required to practise 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.
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 and Clinical 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 1
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
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.
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. 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 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.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 304 staff including 129 postdocs › 741 taught students › 439 research students
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
"I feel networked in London and because of that I am more engaged in various professional bodies and research networks. UCL is a world leader in cognitive neuroscience and so more things are possible here with the equipment and expertise to support new developments."
Professor Rosemary VarleyDoctorate in Clinical Communication Studies, Language Sciences (Linguistics with Neuroscience) MSc, Speech and Language Sciences MSc
Professor in Acquired Language Disorders
"One of the most beneficial aspects of being at UCL is having access to an incredible diversity of talent and expertise in virtually every field of enquiry. In my own area of neuroscience, there are over 700 neuroscientists concentrated within a small area."
Professor Faraneh Vargha-KhademClinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience MSc, Speech and Language Sciences MSc
Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
"UCL is a world-class university with a variety of resources for a multi-disciplinary approach to research. In my research I am interested in the neural correlates of unimodal and multimodal speech perception (for example, when you hear and see speech at the same time and how these sources of information interact)."
Dr Jyrki TuomainenLanguage Sciences MSc
Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, UCL Psychology & Language Sciences
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 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.
- All applicants
- 6 November 2015
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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