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Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders (PGCert / MRes)

This multidisciplinary programme is aimed at professionals already working in child or adult services in health, education or social care in the UK and overseas who have an interest in developing research expertise and who have a motivation to carry out research in their workplace or a linked setting.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 3 years
Tuition Fees (2019/20)
UK/EU:
£10,440 (FT)
£5,210 (PT)
Overseas:
£25,610 (FT)
£12,750 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 26 July 2019
 

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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Location: London, Bloomsbury


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and a recognised professional qualification (e.g. audiology, clinical science, medicine, occupational therapy, psychology, speech and language therapy, teaching); or a recognised professional qualification and a minimum of two years relevant work experience; or a minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification on an equivalent standard in any other relevant science, medical or allied health professions related discipline.

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: Good

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.

 
Content and Structure
MRes Programme Structure

(For more information on the Post Graduate Certificate route please see PG Cert tab below)

You will complete 180 UCL credits over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) with the Research Project as your principle focus over the majority of the programme.  The taught modules make up one third of the programme - a total of 60 credits and the Research Project makes up two thirds of the programme - 120 credits.  You will undertake three compulsory modules in Research Evidence and Design and Research in Practice and one optional module.  The Research Project offers an opportunity for you to develop you knowledge and skills through direct research activity.  This includes critical evaluation of the literature and evidence-based practice in your area of interest.  Your research project will be supervised by a named academic (s) who will support you throughout the process including developing a robust research design, submitting your research protocol for ethical review and analysis of your findings.

Compulsory modules

SLAN0007: Research and Evidence Based Practice (15 credits)
Students will gain knowledge and skills in applied research methods including critical appraisal of research evidence and qualitative and quantitative methodologies related to communication disorders research.

HCSC0002: Research Evidence and Design II (15 credits)
This module aims to further develop students' knowledge and skills in applied research methods.

HCSC0003: Research in Practice (15 credits)
In this module students will develop the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and manage research with clinical populations in workplace contexts; research governance and public engagement in research.

Optional module

You can register for one 15 credit postgraduate optional module and you may choose from any module across UCL, subject to agreement with the Programme Director.  In the past few years most students have been able to get a place on their first choice of optional module but this is not always possible.

Some examples of optional modules are:

PALS0020: Deafness - Cognition and Language

PALS0004: Conversation Analysis

PLIN0029: Stuttering

PALS0003: Rehabilitation of Aquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders

PALS0016: Developmental Disorders of Language, Learning and Cognition

Modules in the Health & Medical Sciences Module Library

Research Project

HCSC0005: Research Project (120 credits). Students undertake a research project in the area human communication disorders, which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000 words, a 2,000 word impact strategy, and a poster presentation.  Your research project can allow you to test ideas and methods that may be used for further research in your workplace.  Once completed we encourage you to explore opportunities to disseminate your research in academic and professional fora.

Stucture of the course over the academic year

MRes Full-Time - 1 Year

Autumn Term Sept-DecSpring Term Jan-MarSummer Term Apr-JunSummer Period

Taught Modules

Working on project design with your project supervisor

Taught Modules

Working on ethics application with your project supervisor

Data collection

Data analysis and writing up

Submission of project in September

MRes Part-Time - over 2 Years

Autumn Term Sept-DecSpring Term Jan-MarSummer Term Apr-JunSummer Period

Year 1

Taught Modules

 

Taught Modules

 

Working on project design with your project supervisor

 

Working on ethics application with your project supervisor

Year 2

Data collection

 

Data collection

 

Data analysis and writing up

 

Writing up

Submission of project in September

Why Study this degree at UCL?

This programme is focused on student participation with use of small-group learning.  The environment in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences is stimulating, friendly and supportive.  You will be taught by experts in the field, including speech and language therapists, researchers and psychologists.

UCL is at the forefront of international resarch and teaching in language, mind and behaviour including applied clinical research in speech and language therapy.  Students will be based at Chandler House which represents a world-class hub for teaching and research in human communication disorders.

Research at UCL

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.

UCL Language and Speech Science Library

UCL Language and Speech Science Library

Our teaching and research are supported by a range of resources and facilities including the on-site UCL Language and Speech Science library, which also serves as the National Information Centre for Speech-language Therapy.  The Language & Speech Science Library holds a unique collection of books, journals, assessment tests, audiovisual material and student dissertations on all subjects relating to phonetics, linguistics, speech, language and psychology.

Staff

Programme Director: Dr Michael Clarke

Academic staff in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences have a wide range of expertise relating to research methods in communication disorders, and have close links with other UCL academic units including the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, the Ear Institute, Institute of Neurology, Institute of Child Health, and Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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 disorder
• Progressive neurological conditions
• Speech disorders in children
• Stammering
• Written language difficulties

Application
APPLICATION DEADLINE

26 July 2019

The programme commences in mid-September each year.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants will normally be working with children or adults with communication disabilities in education, health or social care settings.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be required to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on the UCL Admissions English language requirements page.

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

 

Please note that, in the first instance, you will need to enroll on either the Postgraduate Certificate or Masters programme.

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.

MAKE AN ONLINE APPLICATION

Applications for this programme must be made online via the UCL Graduate Admissions Applications page

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.

If you are applying for the MRes, please describe your preliminary ideas for your research project (500 words).

 

What our graduates say

These are some quotes from our graduates from the end of course evaluation questionnaires 2016 and 2017.

"The best things about the programme were learning to learn in new ways (a long time since I had studied), having access to variety of teaching staff and outside lecturers who were engaged, supportive and stimulating".

"The range of topics covered was very helpful, from theoretical content to the more practical content e.g. information about making applications for ethical approval"

"The best aspect of the programme was meeting practitioners from different fields and backgrounds and having time to devote to study"

"I would highly recommend this programme to people interested in this subject area, particularly to other speech and
language therapists, as I believe it is ideally suited to those who would like to become further involved in research"

" I loved the camaraderie of sharing the learning experience with fellow students, sharing ideas and experiences. Flow of ideas and supportive enthusiasm from my project supervisor." 

"I found the project process and the assessments for this: project report- poster- impact report very useful to lead my thinking from vital detail to succinct summary to where I'm going to try to take what I've done.  The poster has been very useful for subsequent presentations".

International Applicants

The MRes programme is open to international applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa for full-time study only (studying the MRes over 1 year).

Some international applicants who do not need a Tier 4 visa are eligible to study the programme part-time over two years.

Home students on the programme will usually be professionals (e.g. speech and language therapists, audiologists, specialist teachers etc.) who are combining study with their ongoing work, and they normally carry out their research project in their workplaces.

We have found it useful to discuss project options for international students early in the application process, and usually before a formal application is made.

If you are an international student considering applying for the MRes programme and you would like to discuss project options, please contact the programme administrator, Kea Young at kea.young@ucl.ac.uk

It would be helpful if you could let us know your area of interest (i.e. areas that you would be interested to investigate through your research project), and what type of client groups you have experience of working with.

Due to UK visa regulations, international students requiring a Tier 4 visa must study full-time as per the requirements of their visa.  Students requiring a Tier 4 visa would not be eligible to study the postgraduate certificate (PG Cert.) route of this programme.

For more general information for international applicants please visit the UCL international students webpage

Work/Study Balance

How often do I need to attend classes at UCL and how much study leave might I need?

Our programme has a strong emphasis on supported web-based learning in combination with face-to-face lectures, workshops and tutorials. Past and present postgraduate students have told us that this blend of teaching allows them to balance the demands of their ongoing work with CPD. Attendance in person at UCL will vary from module to module but the following is a credible guide:

Compulsory modules

The Research Evidence and Design modules, and Research in Practice module run on the same day and normally require you to attend UCL about once a fortnight.

Optional module

The amount of time you need to spend at UCL will depend on which optional module you choose. Some modules require weekly attendance, some combine face-to-face with online study, while others are delivered entirely online. Please check with the specific module co-ordinator before enrolling.

MRes Project

When carrying out your project, attendance at UCL will be negotiated on an individual basis with your project supervisor(s). For example, you might arrange to meet once a month, although how often you meet is likely to vary according to the type of project you are doing and where you are in the project process. For instance, you might meet more frequently with your supervisor(s) at the start of your project, less during the middle, and more again as you head towards submitting your report.

Study Leave

You may be planning to seek study leave from your employer. The level of study leave you require is likely to depend on your ability and/or willingness to work at weekends or to use annual leave for study.

PG Cert

Mode of study

• Flexible

Please note:

  1. Students completing the PGCert may subsequently register for the MRes.
  2. Completion of the MRes should be within a 5 year period from starting the PGCert.
  3. International students requiring a Tier 4 student visa must study full-time as per the requirements of their visa.

Programme Structure

The PG Cert programme consists of three compulsory modules and one optional module

Compulsory modules

HCSC0001: Research Evidence and Design I (15 credits)
Students will gain knowledge and skills in applied research methods including critical appraisal of research evidence and qualitative and quantitative methodologies related to communication disorders research.

HCSC0002: Research Evidence and Design II (15 credits)
This module aims to further develop students' knowledge and skills in applied research methods.

HCSC0003: Research in Practice (15 credits)
In this module students will develop the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and manage research with clinical populations in workplace contexts; research governance and public engagement in research.

Optional module

You can register for one 15 credit postgraduate optional module and you may choose from any module across UCL, subject to agreement with the Programme Director.  In the past few years most students have been able to get a place on their first choice of optional module but this is not always possible.

Some examples of optional modules are:

PALS0020: Deafness - Cognition and Language

PALS0004: Conversation Analysis

PLIN0029: Stuttering

PALS0003: Rehabilitation of Aquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders

PALS0016: Developmental Disorders of Language, Learning and Cognition

Modules in the Health & Medical Sciences Module Library

Fees

The fees for the Post Graduate Certificate are calculated based on the number of credits assigned to the modules you choose (pro rata of the full-time fee).  Please contact the administrator for further information.

Funding
Postgraduate Loan for Master's Degrees (UK/EEU Students)

Eligible Students starting a postgraduate degree can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 to help with programme fees and living costs.
You can find more information on the UK Government website:
https://www.gov.uk/studentfinancesteps

UCL Scholarships

For information on general scholarship opportunities please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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. 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.

Employability

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.

FAQs

Do I need to have a clinical/educational post to apply for these programmes?

Applicants are normally expected to hold a current post that involves interaction with adults or children with communication difficulties. It may be possible to take this programme without such a post if you have strong established links with a service organisation.

How many days per week will I need to spend on studying for this programme?

Students planning to take the PGCert or MRes programme full time would normally need to be able to spend 3-4 days per week on their studies (this could include weekend days).

Students planning to take the PGCert or MRes programme part-time over two years would normally need to be able to spend 2-3 days per week on their studies.

Students planning to take the PGCert or the MRes programme over a longer period of time would normally spend 1-2 days per week or less on their studies depending on how many modules they are taking each year.

When does the programme start? 

The start of the UCL term is usually the last week of September.

I am an international applicant, will I be able to work whilst studying on the programme?

Information for international applicants on hours of work allowed on a Tier 4 visa can be found on the UCL immigration and visas page.

I am interested in studying the MRes as flexible study.  How are the fees calculated?

MRes flexible study - the fees are calculated based on the number of credits assigned to the modules chosen and pro rata of the full-time fee as indicated in the schedule above.  Please contact the administrator for further information.

Contact

Programme Administrator
Ms Kea Young - kea.young@ucl.ac.uk

If you have a query about your eligibility for the programme it is helpful to send a C.V. which includes information about any research experience you have, as well as your work experience.

Open Days

There aren't any open days planned at the moment but please contact the administrator for more information.

You can find out more about the department by watching the tour of our building, Chandler House in Bloomsbury, London:

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