This course is for teachers, speech and language therapists, and other professionals working with children with special educational needs. You’ll develop your understanding of speech, language and communication and build on your existing skills.
The course is delivered online, by distance learning, so you can gain a specialist qualification without having to leave your current job.
Your masters will give you the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Our MMedSci course provides the necessary training to meet the requirements of the UK Health and Care Professions Council which is the accreditation body for UK speech and language therapy. Our other courses provide professional development training. They can also lead to careers in university teaching and research.
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. We offer professional training for students who are considering speech and language therapy as a career. If you’re interested in a research career, we can 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.
PGCert, PGDip and MSc
Language and Communication
Spoken and Written Language
Developing an Evidence Base for Practice
PGDip and MSc
Research Methods A
Research Methods B (optional for PGDip)
Examples of optional modules for PGDip and MSc levels only:
Communication Diversity and Difficulties
Literacy 1: assessments and constructs
Literacy 2: difficulties and intervention
Research Methods B
For Communication Diversity and Difficulties, you can choose up to two specialist topics for assessment, such as:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Specific Language Impairment
Language and Behaviour
Language and Environment
MSc students also complete a dissertation.
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.
Modules are normally assessed by written assignments. MSc students are also assessed on their research dissertation.