UCL Graduate degrees


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 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 17 September 2020
Close: 13 November 2020

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£9,250 (FT)
£31,200 (FT)

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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. 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: https://thefundingclinic.org.uk

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.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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, and 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).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Speech and Language Sciences.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Year one compulsory 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 Methods

Year two compulsory 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 and Evidence Based Practice
  • Research Project

There are no optional modules on this programme.

Further information can be found on the UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences webpage


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.


You will attend 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. You will undertake supervised clinical practice over the two-year course, in line with HCPC and RCSLT requirements.

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.

Additional costs

There may be travel costs related to clinical placements. For England-domiciled students, where these costs are above usual travel into UCL, the additional cost of travel to placement may be claimed back from the Learning Support Fund administered by NHS Business Services Authority. You will have to submit the appropriate claim forms and claims will have to meet the NHSBSA criteria.

This programme requires a completed DBS check for some compulsory modules. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the Admissions team.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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. They may also be eligible for an NHS Learning Support Fund AHP Training Grant. Applicants from the EU may be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans.

More information on studying allied health professions in England is on the official Council of Deans of Health website. More information on tuition fee and maintenance loans is on the Gov.uk Student Finance website. Applicants from other UK Home nations can consult this summary of funding arrangements table.

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 a speech and language therapist/pathologist, providing specialist assessment, intervention and support to adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties. These can include people with autism spectrum disorder, dementia, specific language impairment, learning difficulties or people who have had strokes or head injuries. You can work in the NHS, in hospitals, specialist centres, in the community and in education settings, in mainstream or special schools or justice settings. Our graduates are well placed to contribute to the evidence base for the profession through further research and to fast-track into specialist or leadership positions.


Our strong links with employers ensure that you get up-to-date and relevant information to support you in preparing for and securing your first job. Excellent university-based learning and the wide range and number of high-quality clinical placements also puts our graduates at an advantage. As a result many of our students are offered jobs very soon after completing the course. Graduates from our programme are highly regarded by employers, with over 90% of graduates employed in speech and language therapy roles within six months of qualifying. Our course equips you with 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, behaviour management and change.

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

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 should take note of the funding application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

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
13 November 2020

Applicants are not normally accepted without an interview. Most interviews will take place in January and involve an individual interview.  In January 2021 interviews are likely to be carried out online.

Applicants are required to have an enhanced DBS check and undergo occupational health screening. You must have the required immunisations and be fit for the course. Any associated costs are covered by the university.

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.

We will also be assessing your understanding of speech and language therapy as a profession; your experience of working with people with communication difficulties and your committment to speech and language therapy as a career.

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