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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.

Modules

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).

Careers

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 aims of the course are to provide qualified speech and language therapists with opportunities to advance their academic knowledge and professional practice skills with specific clinical populations. Read more
The aims of the course are to provide qualified speech and language therapists with opportunities to advance their academic knowledge and professional practice skills with specific clinical populations. These courses provide additional specialist qualifications to qualified speech and language therapists and do not serve as initial qualifications to practise as a speech and language therapist. The two year part time M.Sc. course takes place during twelve 5-day weeks spread over a 2 year period. There is an opportunity for students taking the Dysphagia specialist strand to do a one-year full time course. This course takes place during twelve 5-day weeks spread over one year. All students must attend Trinity College for these teaching weeks. Additional assignments and clinical work must be completed outside of these weeks. . During the M.Sc. course, students must complete a minimum of 80 hours clinical work in the chosen specialist area. Students who take the dysphagia specialist strand and who have not completed a qualifying course in dysphagia will have to complete an additional intensive week of study. These students must have at least 40 of the required 80 clinical hours supervised by speech and language therapists recognised by the Department. Students should organise their own clinical work prior to commencing the course but must ensure that, where supervision is required, proposed supervisors have been agreed with the department. For the part time M.Sc course, core and specialist modules are taught during Year 1; research project and dissertation are the main focus in Year 2. For full time students core modules and a dissertation are completed in one year. Classes are timetabled to facilitate clinicians in employment and overseas students.

Specialist Strands offered for 2014/2015

Acquired Communication Disorders- Dysphagia *- Developmental Communication Disorders- Fluency- Voice- Augmentative and Alternative Communication- Communication Disorders and Adult Mental Health

Each specialist strand will only run if a minimum of five students registers for that strand.

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The purpose of this course is to prepare graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, health science, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers in language sciences. Read more

The purpose of this course is to prepare graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, health science, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers in language sciences.

The course is also appropriate for professionals in speech and language therapy who want to update their knowledge of the language sciences. You will take a set of compulsory modules and then have the opportunity to gain in-depth specialisation in one of three streams: neuroscience, developmental, or multilingualism.

The neuroscience stream will introduce you to current advances in neuroscience research including functional MRI and electrophysiology of language. The developmental stream will focus on language development and disorders, including disorders of fluency and childhood bilingualism. The multilingualism stream provides a flexible multidisciplinary course focusing on linguistic, cognitive and pedagogical aspects of multilingualism, as well as research training in this area.

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • Foundations of grammar
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Child language acquisition
  • Language processing

What career can you have?

The MSc in Language Sciences prepares students for doctoral research across the range of language sciences and a career as a research scientist. The combination of linguistics knowledge, training in statistics and strong analytical skills acquired in this course is also particularly applicable to careers involving research management, such as government and market research, as well as in education and health.



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Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Develop your communication, clinical and research skills within professional settings. Read more
  • Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Develop your communication, clinical and research skills within professional settings
  • Focus on clinically related topics
  • Apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as a speech and language therapist upon graduation

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • Advanced Professional Development
  • Communication impairment 1, 2, 3
  • Clinical phonetics & phonology
  • Clinical Practice 1, 2
  • Disorders of fluency
  • Foundations of grammar
  • Medicine 1, 2
  • Multilingualism and Impairment Across the Lifespan
  • Oropharangeal Dysphagia
  • Personality and social psychology
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Typical and Atypical Development 1, 2

What career can you have?

Our MSc Speech and Language Therapy programme is recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Speech and language therapists work with adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties.



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The MSc (Pre-registration) Speech and Language Therapy offers Psychology graduates the opportunity to prepare for practice as a speech and language therapist… Read more

The MSc (Pre-registration) Speech and Language Therapy offers Psychology graduates the opportunity to prepare for practice as a speech and language therapist and to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Studying on this programme will build on your core knowledge of Psychology to combine theory with practice, using recognised techniques, skills and methods to assess, analyse and treat your clients. 

This programme reflects the values of the NHS constitution and prepares students to practice as speech and language therapists, a profession concerned with the management of disorders of language, speech, fluency, voice, communication and swallowing in children and adults.

Graduates from this course are eligible for professional registration with both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council. There are increasing opportunities for speech and language therapists to work towards higher degrees in their fields of clinical specialism and research.

The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by interview for the core values of the NHS constitution.

You will be based in the award-winning £139m Brooks building, specially created for the Health and Education faculties, providing you with access to state-of-the-art clinical equipment and facilities..

Our dedicated placements team are responsible for negotiating and managing current and new placement partnerships, ensuring that as student speech and language therapists, you will have access to relevant, motivating and professional placements to enhance your skills and learning.

Features and benefits of the course

-Accelerated master's programme for Psychology graduates wishing to gain certification to work as speech and language therapists

-Mix of university based and practice placement learning

-Opportunity to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions council upon successful completion of the course

About the Course

Commissioned by Health Education England, this programme will run over two years with 45 weeks of study per year as required by the professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

There will be a mix of university-based and placement-based learning throughout the programme, drawing upon students' previous undergraduate Psychology studies to develop confident and knowledgable practitioners over an accelerated period of professional study.

Students will take a range of units across two years of study. Some units are taken in year 1 and others in year 2 as indicated below, but in addition the following units will be taken across both years of study:

-Professional Competency in Speech and Language Therapy

-Research Methods and Dissertation



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