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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2/3 years PT (MSc) / 2 years PT (PGDip) / 1 year PT (PGCert)

  • Course Type

    PgDip, MSc, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Details of up to date course fee can be found here: website

  • Last Updated

    14 August 2019

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 A
  • Research Methods B (optional for PGDip)

Optional modules

Optional modules for PGDip and MSc levels only may include:

  • Communication Diversity and Difficulties
  • Literacy: Difficulties and Intervention
  • Case Study; Research Methods B
  • Speech Difficulties

For Communication Diversity and Difficulties, you can choose up to two specialist topics for assessment, such as: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Language and Behaviour
  • Language and Environment
  • Literacy Difficulties
  • Early Years
  • Adolescence
  • Multilingual Contexts

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or students numbers. In the event of any change we will consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

An Advanced Certificate programme in Language and Communication Impairment in Children is also available for Learning Support and Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants and Instructors, Nursery Nurses and others working in a support role with children with language and communication impairments.


We provide material online for weekly study across the full calendar year. There are two or three (optional) study weekends per year in Sheffield.

Essential reading material is available electronically. Online activities support your study and build links with tutors and other students.

Study time: students usually need to spend an average of 12 hours per week, for each module studied at any one time, across the full year. On the Certificate, Diploma and 3-year MSc courses, students usually study one module at a time, so study time is roughly 12 hours per week across the year. For the MSc over 2 years, students typically study two modules consecutively throughout, with correspondingly higher study time requirements.


Modules are normally assessed by written assignments.

MSc students are also assessed on their research dissertation.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information:

Visit the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Language and Communication Impairment in Children page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!




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