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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Language and Communication Impairment in Children (Online)

University of Sheffield Department of Human Communication Sciences

Part time September MSc, PgDip, PgCert 2/3 years PT (MSc) / 2 years PT (PGDip) / 1 year PT (PGCert)

About the course

Course description

This programme is for teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children with speech, language and communication impairments. Studying part-time by distance learning allows students to gain specialist qualifications without leaving their post or obtaining secondment. The multi-disciplinary nature of the course supports the development of best practice for inclusive and special education. Learning opportunities allow students to develop their knowledge and understanding and extend existing skills in working effectively with children with special educational needs.

Core modules

PGCert, PGDip and MSc:

  • Children’s Learning
  • Language and Communication
  • Spoken and Written Language
  • Developing an Evidence Basefor Practice

PGDip and MSc:

  • Research Methods

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Entry Requirements

For the MSc:
Minimum 2:1 honours degree and two years’ relevant work experience with children.

For the PGCert/PGDip:
A degree-level professional qualification, or a first degree, plus at least two years’ experience of working with children.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


Course Content

Where is University of Sheffield

Student Profile(s)

Rose Brooks

“It is the only course in the UK where teachers can learn alongside therapists”, says Rose Brooks, explaining why she chose to study MSc Language and Communication Impairment in Children. “I enjoyed the opportunity to learn from eminent researchers in the field, who were also lovely people! It was a great chance to share ideas between the fields of education and speech and language therapy.”

Rose’s background was in education. “I trained as a primary teacher in the USA and then came to the UK. I taught all age groups at primary level and worked in a range of leadership positions including Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher”, she recalls. “I then moved sideways to use my special educational needs teaching qualification, working in a peripatetic service for children with special educational needs. There, I developed specialisms in dyslexia, autism, dyspraxia, and speech, language and communication needs.”

“The MSc Language and Communication Impairment in Children certainly made me want to specialise further in the fascinating fields of language and literacy.”

Rose now works as an Advisory Teacher for Speech and Language. This role involves supporting pupils, teachers, teaching assistants, SENCos and parents. “My main activities include assessment, advice, resources and training in primary and secondary schools. I work with pupils with specific and significant language needs, as well as with some pupils with autism. My masters course at Sheffield has given me confidence to support schools in language and literacy development.”


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