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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

Overseas:
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
7 November 2014
Fees note: UK/EU full-time fee is available on request from the department.

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. 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.

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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Degree Information

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.

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: Langage 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.

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Speech and Language Sciences MSc

Funding

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 relevant to this department are displayed 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.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Value:
£500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

Value:
£500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Sully Scholarship

Value:
c. £2,200 but may be split between students.(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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 › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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 Varley

Subject: Doctorate in Clinical Communication Studies, Language Sciences (Linguistics with Neuroscience) MSc, Speech and Language Sciences MSc
Staff review

"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-Khadem

Subject: Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience MSc, Speech and Language Sciences MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2014-11-07
Candidates are not normally accepted without interview. Interviews take place in January each year, for entry in the following August/September.

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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