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Who is it for?. The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is designed for students who are committed to a rewarding career in speech and language therapy. Read more

Who is it for?

The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is designed for students who are committed to a rewarding career in speech and language therapy.

As a graduate with a first degree from a discipline outside healthcare, this course provides you with a fast-track route into health, enabling you to gain a pre-registration health qualification in two years as opposed to the usual three to four.

Ruth is a current Speech and Language Therapy student. Watch her video to find out more about her experiences and thoughts on life as a postgraduate student at City, University of London.

Objectives

City's MSc Speech and Language Therapy has an excellent reputation and is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science.

The MSc will help you:

  • Take a fast-track route into speech and language therapy
  • Learn a range of subjects to develop your understanding of typical speech, language, communication, swallowing and of pathologies in these areas
  • Integrate theoretical and real-world knowledge in considering approaches to the assessment and management of clients with communication and swallowing problems
  • Understand how to take a holistic approach to your clients’ needs
  • Gain real-world experience by undertaking clinical placements within a range of settings
  • Prepare for a career in a challenging and varied field – from working with autistic children and people who stammer to adults who have lost their speech following a stroke.

Accreditation

The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the UK-wide regulatory body for healthcare professions.

On successfully completing the MSc Speech and Language Therapy you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and practise as a speech and language therapist in the NHS and other settings.

Placements

The MSc Speech and Language Therapy course provides you with many opportunities for clinical practice, including attendance at health centres, schools, departmental clinics, special educational settings and hospitals throughout the London area.

Academic facilities

As an MSc student, you will have access to specialist labs and equipment, such as ultrasound and laryngographs to help you understand speech production and audiological equipment when learning about hearing and deafness.

The Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre, opened in January 2016, is our specialist speech and language therapy clinic. The Centre contains state-of-the-art equipment to enable staff within the Division of Language and Communication Science to deliver cutting-edge research and services to patients.

Moodle is an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment which provides you with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools and is a key element of our blended learning approach, combining face-to-face teaching with online activity.

Teaching and learning

City's MSc Speech & Language Therapy has an excellent reputation and is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science.

You will learn with expert staff who are leaders in the field of speech and language therapy. The innovative and research-informed curriculum is supported by a busy in-house speech and language therapy clinic led by specialist staff. It is considered to be one of the leading educational environments in the world.

We also have close links with speech and language therapy services throughout London, with many practitioners from these services acting as clinical tutors on our courses.

The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is a very intensive programme which requires full-time study by attending lectures, small-group problem-solving sessions, practical classes and tutorials. You will also have access to the most up-to-date equipment in the Speech Acoustics Laboratory and innovative online learning materials.

During your clinical placements, you will benefit from the supervision of a qualified therapist.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments and examinations. Your clinical progress will also be monitored by supervising clinicians.

Modules

During the MSc Speech and Language Therapy course you will learn about the foundations of speech and language, about how children learn to talk and about disorders that affect communication.

A number of subjects equip you for the analysis of speech, language and hearing difficulties, such as phonetics, linguistics and audiology. You will also develop research skills and the ability to apply evidence based practice. You will undertake weekly and block clinical placements in both years of the course.

Modules

  • Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development
  • Bio-medical Sciences
  • Life Span Psychology and Research Methods
  • Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Augmentative and Alternative
  • Dysphagia, Voice, Motor Speech Disorders, Dementia
  • Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development
  • Professional Studies A
  • Evidence Based Practice and Data Analysis
  • Acoustic Phonetics, Audiology and Deafness
  • Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Child Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate
  • Professional Studies B
  • Research Project

When you have successfully completed 13 modules totalling 240 credits you will qualify for an MSc Speech and Language Therapy.

Career prospects

On successfully completing the MSc Speech & Language Therapy, you will be able to join a profession that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

On successfully completing the MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise your profession within the NHS or in a range of other settings, including schools, hospitals, community clinics and charities.

A career in speech and language therapy offers opportunities to work with clients of all ages in settings such as:

  • Health centres.
  • Hospitals.
  • Schools.
  • Charities.
  • Universities.

Increasingly, many graduates also work in the private sector as independent speech and language therapists.



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IN BRIEF. You will have the qualification required for Health and Care Professions Council registration as a statutory requirement for practice. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will have the qualification required for Health and Care Professions Council registration as a statutory requirement for practice.
  • This qualification will enhance your employability
  • You will have advanced knowledge, skills and attributes to escalate your professional and academic development
  • NHS funding available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunityI
  • nternational students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This is a unique podiatry programme at master’s level leading to Health and Care Profession Council registration. Currently the only programme in the UK.

This is a 3 year full-time programme in which you will be developing practical skills with patients from the first semester (in the University in-house clinics) and then on placement within health services in subsequent years. The placements will be in wide variety of specialisms and you will be supervised by experienced and specialist podiatrists. Aligned with this is the academic component of acquisition of knowledge, the development of critical enquiry, research and application of research into practice. You will be taught by national and internationally recognised academics who are subject specialists. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in the Foot and Ankle Research Programme, led by Professor Chris Nester. You will be taught by and have opportunity to work with senior post-doctoral researchers who, have published in peer reviewed journals and written books aligned to the profession. You will be supported by academic, personal tutors and placement supervisors in the development of skills for critical reflection in order to ensure ongoing professional and personal development, and enhance employability. 

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. 

COURSE DETAILS

This non-standard 3 year full time programme will provide you with a master’s level academic qualification together with a professional practice qualification, which is a pre-requisite for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council. It will provide you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become leaders in the podiatry profession with research and/or the clinical roles.

The ethos of the programme is to enhance:

  • application of research into clinical practice
  • application of knowledge into practice through mentorship/teaching
  • application of experience of practice into knowledge
  • escalation of professional and academic development

TEACHING

  • Lectures - will provide foundation material for further study as well as guest lectures by key individuals from practice, service users & carers and academia to ensure students are exposed to the wider national and international context of podiatry.
  • Individual and group tutorials - will enable peer learning to take place as well as more focused individual learning needs.
  • Critical Reflection on practice experience and ongoing personal and professional development through PDP/log book.
  • Self- directed learning - essential for development of key skills and independence in choice of learning material.
  • Teaching and learning experience in clinical practice will include exposure to a range of clinical placements where students learning will be facilitated by experienced practitioners in specific fields of practice, including other members of health and social care professions.

ASSESSMENT

Theoretical components

  • Assignment 20%
  • Objective structured exam 10%
  • Exam 10%
  • Viva 20%

Practical components

  • Log book /PDP 100%

FACILITIES

Podiatry clinic

Our podiatry clinic adds a cutting-edge to your training, as well as providing a valuable asset to the local community.

The clinic includes:

  • Private cubicles
  • Orthoses suite with workshops
  • Computer aided design and manufacturing facilities
  • Gait examination room
  • Seminar rooms
  • Gait laboratory
  • Anatomy room
  • Clinical skills rooms

Clinical gait analysis and research facility

This laboratory was part of a £1.5 million renovation of the podiatry clinical education and research spaces. The laboratory hosts the Salford Gait Analysis Service which provides quantitative gait analysis and consultation services for four National Health Service Trusts in the Manchester area.

The service supports the care of children with cerebral palsy by enabling assessment of their gait to input to their care pathways. We also offer gait and human movement assessment related to amputees, neuromuscular disorders (such as stroke) and a range of orthopaedics disorders.

The equipment includes:

  • 10 Qualisys OQUS motion analysis cameras
  • Four AMTI force plates embedded into the floor
  • Custom stairs that integrate with the force plates are available
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • Eight channel Noraxon Telemyo G2T wireless EMG system with associated foot switches and accelerometry
  • Tekscan pressure system.

Human movement laboratory

This is the original gait laboratory within the University, and is located adjacent to the prosthetics and orthotics clinical suite and technical workshops.

This lab is used for research, clinical and educational work and has:

  • 10 camera Vicon 612 motion analysis system
  • Two Kistler force plates (embedded into the floor)
  • Two Kistler force plates located in a purpose built portable walkway
  • 12 Xsens inertial measuring units
  • One eight-channel MIE telemetric electromyography system
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • ORLAU video vector generator.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Currently, BSc (Hons) students work within NHS services or the independent sector.

With this new programme it is anticipated that in addition to the above, the students will increase their employability in these areas and also increase their career progression. It is also anticipated that students may subsequently want to continue in education to complete PhD studies or to gain employment in the commercial sector.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

NHS clinical services/ commercial organisations aligned to podiatry for placements, career advice and mentorship.

FURTHER STUDY

PhD in the Foot and Ankle research programme – Health Sciences



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What is the Master of Deglutology all about?. The one-year advanced Master of Science in Deglutology programme aims to train competent professionals in deglutology, the science of deglutition. Read more

What is the Master of Deglutology all about?

The one-year advanced Master of Science in Deglutology programme aims to train competent professionals in deglutology, the science of deglutition. It originated from a societal demand for skilled professionals specialised in the integrated care of patients with swallowing disorders in the mouth, throat or oesophagus.

As a student, you will receive a theoretical, deeply evidence-based training in the field of swallowing. In addition, you will be taught diagnostic techniques and therapeutic strategies.

This one-year master's programme is taught in English and can be followed full time or part time upon request. 60 credits are earned according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

The programme is intended for candidates who hold a Master’s Degree in Medicine or in Speech Language Pathology from an accredited university programme.

Objectives

This Advanced Master’s programme aims to train competent professionals in deglutology, the science of deglutition. This advanced master’s degree focuses on a theoretical in depth evidence-based training in the field of swallowing in oral cavity, throat and oesophagus as well as clinical diagnostic techniques and therapeutic strategies. The student can, through a studious attitude and scientific interest, be lifelong learning in an area that is quickly expanding in terms of technology and science. The graduate in deglutology focuses on in the integrated care of patients with lifelong or newly onset swallowing disorders in the mouth, throat or oesophagus stemming from a broad spectrum of underlying medical pathologies such as prematurity, cerebral palsy, stroke, head and neck cancer, neurodegenerative disease etc.

Career perspectives

Once you obtain this academic master's degree, you will be able to focus on the integrated care of patients with lifelong or newly onset swallowing disorders in the mouth, throat or oesophagus.



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