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Course overview

If you want to become a speech and language therapist and have a relevant degree (eg in linguistics or psychology), this course could open up a fascinating new career path for you. It is the only postgraduate pre-registration course in speech and language therapy offered in Scotland.

As a speech and language therapist you will give life-changing treatment and support and care for children and adults who have difficulties communicating and/or swallowing. It can be a very varied and deeply rewarding career. This course will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and 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 speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties.

On this course you will undertake both theoretical and practical learning through a range of taught academic modules and supervised clinical 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 assignments, examinations and practical assessments.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module 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 may 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 is accredited by the HCPC and adheres to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) curriculum guidelines.

Modules

  • Foundations for Speech and Language Therapy (0 credits)
  • Manual Handling (0 credits)
  • Non-Clinical Placements (0 credits)
  • Within-semester Clinical Placement 1 and Summer Clinical Placement (10 credits)
  • Within-semester Clinical Placement 2 (10 credits)
  • Within-semester Clinical Placement 3 (10 credits)
  • Linguistics 1: Introduction to Linguistics (15 credits)
  • Neurology for SLT and Audiology (15 credits)
  • Linguistics 2: Clinical Linguistics (15 credits)
  • Adult Acquired Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders (15 credits)
  • Dysphagia (Developmental and Acquired (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice for SLT 1 (15 credits)
  • Disorders of Speech and Fluency (15 credits)
  • Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication (15 credits)
  • Linguistics 3: Linguistic Processing and Variation (15 credits)
  • Intellectual Disability, Physical and Sensory Impairment (15 credits)
  • Motor Speech Disorder, Voice Disorder, Cleft Lip and Palate (15 credits)
  • Biological and Behavioural Science for SLT: Typical Processes (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice 2 (30 credits)
  • Research Methods (30 credits)

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

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2019) but are subject to change. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Careers

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. Most go on to work within the NHS across a range of settings including clinics, schools, hospitals and the community although an increasing number also take up appointments in private organisations. Some graduates have gained research posts and some have gone on to achieve higher degrees. 

International applicants should be aware that whilst RCSLT has a reciprocal agreement with a number of countries, students may have to undertake some additional study/examinations in order to be eligible for registration with the professional body in their own country.

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.

Visit the PgDip/MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration) page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

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