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Develop your knowledge and skills of working with clients with developmental speech and literacy difficulties. This course is designed for speech and language therapists, and other professionals with a special interest in communication difficulties. Read more

About the course

Develop your knowledge and skills of working with clients with developmental speech and literacy difficulties. This course is designed for speech and language therapists, and other professionals with a special interest in communication difficulties. You can study part-time by distance learning or full-time.

Your career

Your masters will give you the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Feedback from our past students has confirmed that our module content is very relevant to practice in a speech and language therapy service or in schools and has enhanced job opportunities.

How we teach

We have a reputation for high quality research in the field of human communication and its disorders. That research informs our teaching. If you’re interested in a research career, we can also prepare you for a PhD.
We also run professional development courses for students already working in the field, so you can study alongside your current job. We have links with the NHS, special schools and specialist charities to ensure that what we teach you is in line with current developments in the field.

We work with other departments across the University including the School of Education, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Computer Science and the School of English Language and Linguistics.
Different ways to study

The MSc Speech Difficulties is available part-time or full-time. It consists of a mix of online learning and blocks of intensive study in Sheffield. We work with you to develop your own interests through optional modules and a choice of dissertation topics.
Criminal records disclosure.

If you would like to take part in clinical observation opportunities, you will require a UK criminal records disclosure from the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). If you are unsure whether you need one, please contact us for advice.

Core modules

Spoken and Written Language; Developing an Evidence-Based Practice; Speech Difficulties I: nature and investigation; Speech Difficulties II: intervention and management.
From 2017-18 We now also offer core modules in cleft palate speech.
Same four modules as for the PGCert; Research Methods; Two option modules.
Same four modules as for the PGCert; Spoken and Written Language; Developmental Speech Difficulties: Nature and Investigation; Developmental Speech Difficulties: Intervention and Management; Developing an Evidence Base for Practice; Research Methods; Two optional modules; Research Dissertation.
Examples of optional modules
Developmental Language and Communication Disorders (single or double option); Special Topics in Human Communication Sciences (two option modules); Cleft Palate (single or double option); Methods in Clinical Linguistics; Acquired Language Disorders; Acquired Speech Disorders.

Part-time students study online via distance learning plus optional attendance at the study blocks. Full-time students may also attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops offered in the department.


Each module is assessed by a written assignment. Masters students are also assessed on their research dissertation.

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If you are a dental graduates who wants to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting, this programme is for you. Read more
If you are a dental graduates who wants to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting, this programme is for you. The programme can contribute the first two years of your clinical training and if you successfully complete an optional third year of training -which is available through competitive entry - this can lead to Membership in Paediatric Dentistry of The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and full active membership of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.

Programme outline
On this programme you will have extensive clinical, formal teaching and will complete a supervised research project. All the taught and clinical mod in the programme are core modules but you will have considerable choice in selecting a topic for research project.

The programme comprises 9 modules:

Module 1: Foundation Course

Module 2: Statistics, Ethics and Research Methods

Module 3: Basic Knowledge in Paediatric Dentistry includin the following:

Behaviour science/patient management, sedation and general anaesthesia Dental Traumatology
Prevention of Caries and Periodontal Disease
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Basic Orthodontics
Module 4: Advance Knowledge in Paediatric Dentistry I, including:

Consolidation of the Basic Knowledge
Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology
Children with special needs
Module 5: Advance Knowledge in Paediatric Dentistry II, including:

Paediatric medicine and surgery
Dental Anomalies
Multi-disciplinary treatment planning
Module 6: Basic Clinical Skills and case-mix

Module 7: Specific Clinical Skill

Module 8: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

Module 9: Research Project

You will undertake the care of child and adolescent patients to gain experience and prepare for your case presentations in your final examination. An important feature of the programme is that you will also participate in medical clinics held in the main hospital. You will also attend specialist clinics such as cleft lip and palate, and developmental disorders.

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Didactic core modules in all aspects of paediatric dentistry including a hands-on laboratory module in operative dentistry for children. Read more
Didactic core modules in all aspects of paediatric dentistry including a hands-on laboratory module in operative dentistry for children. Includes: diagnosis; treatment planning and delivery of care requiring non-pharmacological behaviour management strategies and those requiring oral rehabilitation under sedation or general anaesthesia.

Key benefits

• Opportunities to see and treat a broad spectrum of patients as the paediatric dentistry departments at both Guy's, King's College (KCH) and St. Thomas' hospitals are the major referral units in London and the south-east of England.

• The Evelina Children's Hospital for children with special medical problems is part of the Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital Foundation Trust. (GSTT)

• Supra-regional Cleft Lip and Palate Centre & Liver Unit are based at GSTT and KCH respectively

• We are located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/paediatric-dentistry-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme aims to produce paediatric dentists who are thinkers. Proficient and confident in all areas of Clinical Paediatric Dentistry, and capable of literature critique and in the conduct of scientific research. Our students will be able to use their skills and knowledge to set up paediatric dentistry services in both community and hospital settings.

- Objectives of the programme On completion of the programme the postgraduate should be able to demonstrate the following:

- Proficiency in the clinical skills required of a paediatric dentist

- A knowledge and understanding of communication skills relevant to paediatric dentistry

- Self-motivation and the capacity to learn and think critically and analytically

- An ability to analyse and evaluate scientific evidence

- A deep knowledge and understanding of paediatric dentistry

- An understanding of a broad range of research methods

- Skills to participate in dental research

- Course purpose -

The MSc Programme in Paediatric Dentistry at King’s College London is one of the best established in the UK. The course is exacting and only the highest calibre of student is accepted. You will work hard, but we hope you will have fun here as well and have a memorable life experience.

Our aim is to produce students who will be at the forefront of Paediatric Dentistry, as clinicians, teachers and future leaders. The clinical activity is predominantly based at St Thomas’ Hospital, Waterloo, with seminars and clinics at Guy’s Hospital, London Bridge and at King’s College Hospital, located in Denmark Hill.

- Course format and assessment -

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits, plus an additional 180 credits of non-modular supervised clinical work (360 credits in total) as follows:

(i) Two taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of Paediatric Dentistry usually assessed by written examination;

(ii) One clinical module, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients, practical, or oral examinations;

(iii) One research module assessed by a written research project report and an oral examination.

Career prospects

The majority of overseas graduates return to their own country to practice paediatric dentistry. Home students use this programme for career progression in the UK and are only accepted if they already have a UK (NHS) National Training Number and training at either KCH or GSTT. For UK trainees, the MSc counts towards 2 years of their NTN training. For those overseas students who do require a 3 year training, an additional third year is available (the PGCert) following on from MSc.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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The MClinDent course is a full-time three year specialist training programme with two pathways. Endodontology or Prosthodontics. Read more
The MClinDent course is a full-time three year specialist training programme with two pathways: Endodontology or Prosthodontics. It has been designed to enhance student life-long learning skills, aid in developing evidence-based practice, develop advanced clinical skills to enable you to become a mono-specialist in Prosthodontics or Endodontology, and facilitate further career development.

You will study 10 taught modules as well as a dissertation module based on your own research project.

By fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:

• Demonstrate an unbiased, systematic and critical appraisal of contemporary knowledge, and an awareness of current problems and/or new insights, many of which are informed by the latest advances in Restorative Dentistry.

• Be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas in Restorative Dentistry often in the absence of complete data, be able to communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to other specialist colleagues and non-specialist audiences, and engage in critical dialogue about clinical management in Restorative Dentistry.

• Read, understand and critically appraise relevant scientific and clinical literature.

• Formulate a hypothesis, plan and implement an appropriate project to test the hypothesis report the findings of the project in the appropriate format.

• Evaluate psychological aspects relevant to restorative dentistry.

• Execute simple and complex treatment procedures.

• Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams and treatment of compromised patients, such as cleft lip and palate and tooth anomalies, such as hypodontia.

• Understand the relevance of underlying social, dental and medical factors that may influence the uptake compliance and outcome of treatment.

• Be familiar with all aspects of clinical governance (clinical, corporate, research) and conduct of professional care.


There are two pathways to this course: Endodontology or Prosthodontics. Students will choose one pathway.

Years one and two consist of four 30-credit modules per year with the final year consisting of two 30-credit modules and a dissertation module of 60 credits.

For Endodontology modules please visit the website:


For Prosthodontics modules please visit the website:



A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the MClinDent. You will attend lectures, and participate in seminars, tutorials, and a clinical attachment. All taught modules are compulsory, and you will also undertake a laboratory-based or clinical research project and independent study to enable you to complete your dissertation. You will be given a list of laboratory, clinical and/or library-based project titles which will form the basis of the final dissertation. Project topics are generally related to the scientific/clinical areas of interest of members of staff, and you will have individual supervision.


All modules make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Learning Central, on which you will find course materials and links to related materials. You will be supervised when undertaking your dissertation, and will have the opportunity for regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance, and give written feedback on a draft.

Opportunities to reflect on your abilities and performance are made available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module and through scheduled meetings with personal tutors.


You will receive written feedback on all assessments, in addition to oral feedback on assessed oral presentations.


There are ten taught modules within the course which are assessed through the following in-course assessments over three years together with the dissertation module:

Extended essays
Clinical Assessments
Oral presentations
Short Answer Questions
Statistical assignments
Library and information skills assignments
Dissertation (not more than 20,000 words)

Career prospects

On successful completion of the course, you should have the opportunity to pursue a career as a specialist in either Prosthodontics or Endodontics.

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Further entry requirements: .   International applicants should be aware that full registration with the RCSLT entails completion of a probationary period of clinical practice in the UK after the successful completion of the degree. Read more

Further entry requirements:   International applicants should be aware that full registration with the RCSLT entails completion of a probationary period of clinical practice in the UK after the successful completion of the degree. It may be necessary to confirm with the professional body in your home country that this qualification is recognised and that full registration in the UK will entitle you to practice in your home country.

This course is for people with a relevant degree seeking to refocus their studies into the area of speech and language therapy. It will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to practise as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

As a speech and language therapist, you will assess, diagnose and treat children and adults with a wide range of communication difficulties. This will include developmental disorders and speech and language problems resulting from injury, stroke and disease. You will also develop strong practical skills as well as a sound understanding of the theory of speech and language therapy.

There is a major clinical studies (ie placement) element to this course and clinical work is underpinned by modules in linguistics, psychology and biological and medical sciences. Although every effort is made to arrange summer block placements to suit students’ circumstances, this is not always possible and students must be prepared to be flexible about placement location and timing. Students are responsible for any travel and/or accommodation costs incurred during placements.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching will include a mix of lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, clinical placement experience, case study analysis and individual project work. Emphasis will be placed on integrating clinical and university based learning opportunities and on independent study. Your performance will be assessed by a combination of course work including essays, reports, presentations, vivas and examinations, as well as clinical practical assessments.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at placement is compulsory and your attendance at QMU-based modules is expected. Classes will be spread over the whole week, except for placement days when you will be off campus. This is a full-time course, with the expectation that classes, independent study and placement together require 35 - 40 hours of dedicated time each week.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course provides graduates, including those who complete the PgDip, with eligibility to register with the Royal College of Speech and  Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council to practice in the UK.


Foundations for Speech and Language Therapy/ Linguistics 1: Introduction to Linguistics/ Neurology for SLT and Audiology/ Adult Acquired Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders/ Linguistics 2: Clinical Linguistics/ Disorders of Speech and Fluency/ Manual Handling/ Dysphagia (Developmental and Acquired)/ Within-Semester Clinical Placement 1/ Professional Practice for SLT 1/ Biological and behavioural Science for SLT: Typical Processes/ Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication/ Intellectual Disability, Physical and Sensory Impairment/ Linguistics 3: Linguistic Processing and Variation/ Within-Semester Clinical Placement 2/ Motor Speech Disorder, Voice Disorder, Cleft Lip and Palate/ Clinical Contexts/ Within-Semester Clinical Placement 3/ Professional Practice 2/ Research Methods

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).


Most graduates work within the NHS in community clinics, schools and hospitals. Some graduates have gained research posts and some have gone on to achieve higher degrees. Some graduate Speech and language therapists may wish to seek employment outside the UK. For further information about how and where this qualification can be used outside of the UK please contact the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Quick Facts

  • The diploma course is the only postgraduate pre-registration course of its kind in Scotland. 
  • This course is the only one in the UK whereby speech and language therapists and audiologists are in the same department. 
  • Both these awards qualify you to register to work as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

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The Specialist Advisory Committee in Orthodontics has approved this degree as part of the training programme in orthodontics. It provides you with a deeper understanding of, and further technical and diagnostic skills in, orthodontics. Read more

The Specialist Advisory Committee in Orthodontics has approved this degree as part of the training programme in orthodontics. It provides you with a deeper understanding of, and further technical and diagnostic skills in, orthodontics.

It involves a large clinical component as well as your own research project.

You will learn to:

  • diagnose anomalies of the dentition
  • detect development deviations
  • formulate a treatment plan and predict its course
  • evaluate the need for orthodontic treatment
  • carry out treatment using fixed, functional and removable appliances
  • treat adults, orthognathic, surgical cases and cleft-palate patients

In addition to developing your scientific approach, the programme will teach you the psychological aspects of treatment.

Programme structure

The programme begins with an introduction of core topics, followed by an introduction to our laboratory facilities and the basics of wire-bending skills, appliance design and appliance construction and mechanics.

Clinical patient care is also established early within the first term.

This is followed by five structured terms of theoretical seminars and tutorials, with diagnostic tests on your knowledge carried out regularly.

There are written examinations at the end of each term. You must pass the written examinations at the end of the first year before proceeding to the second year.

Your final MClinDent examination will consist of written examinations, diagnostic tests, case presentations, and the presentation of your research dissertation.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for orthodontist specialists.

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This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to develop clinical and research skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Read more
This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to develop clinical and research skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery. It will provide you with a qualification which will enable you to extend your clinical diagnostic and treatment skills to a higher level. It will also provide you with a solid grounding in research methodologies.

Why this programme

◾You will have access to patients and opportunities to carry out oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures under supervision.
◾The University is well recognised as a centre of excellence for research in the fields of 3D imaging, bone bioengineering and orthognathic surgery.
◾Oral and Maxillofacial surgery are special interests in the surgical specialties, linked with the renowned oral and maxillofacial surgical service in the city and regional hospitals in the west of Scotland.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend all postgraduate lectures in the Dental School which includes invited speakers from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Glasgow and from dental companies.

Programme structure

You will take a core course consisting of basic sciences, health sciences and research sciences.

The clinical component is dedicated to didactic teaching, reflective learning, clinical procedures and hands-on training in oral surgery.

Clinical courses
◾Dentoalveolar surgery
◾Oro-facial infections
◾Oral pathology
◾Local anaesthesia, general anaesthesia, sedation
◾Maxillofacial trauma
◾Dentofacial deformities
◾Cleft and craniofacial deformities
◾Temporomandibular disorders
◾Head and neck surgery
◾Oral medicine.

Research component

You will be encouraged to carry out a concise research project using existing facilities alongside our well-established research themes.

Career prospects

Graduates are able to apply for senior house officer posts in the UK, or join a higher research programme leading to PhD qualification.

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The Division of Language and Communication Science in City’s School of Health has an established reputation for teaching and research excellence. Read more
The Division of Language and Communication Science in City’s School of Health has an established reputation for teaching and research excellence. Join the MSc Speech and Language Therapy course and join a profession that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

Students starting PG Dip courses in September 2017 will receive a NHS Tuition Fee Bursary to cover the full tuition fees for the duration of their course.

Who is it for?

Our graduate-entry courses allow graduates with a first degree from disciplines other than healthcare to gain a pre-registration health qualification in two years as opposed to the usual three to four - providing a fast-track route into health.

The MSc in Speech and Language Therapy is designed for students who are committed to a career in speech and language therapy. You will need to have:
-Good listening and communication skills
-Good problem-solving skills
-Good organisational skills
-An ability to learn a range of academic subjects and to apply your learning to clinical practice
-An enthusiasm for working with children and adults and as part of a team.


The MSc Speech and Language Therapy course leads to work in a challenging and varied field - you could be working with autistic children, people who stammer or adults who have lost their speech following a stroke.

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 programme is taught by 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 and is considered as one of the leading educational environments in the world.

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

Academic facilities

Speech and language therapy students have access to specialist labs and equipment such as ultrasound and laryngographs to help them 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 students 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

The MSc in Speech and 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. On clinical placements you will benefit from the supervision of a qualified therapist.

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


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.

-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 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.

A career in speech and language therapy offers opportunities to work with clients of all ages in settings such as:
-Health centres
-You can also work abroad and in the private sector.

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