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Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

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Who is it for?

This course is designed for qualified speech and language therapists. It will help you extend your clinical knowledge and expertise, and develop new research skills in preparation for specialist clinical positions or further research.

This MSc is also suitable for graduates from related disciplines, such as psychology or linguistics, who are aiming to pursue research careers in the field of communication disorders.

This course is not suitable for candidates wishing to enter the speech and language therapy profession. If you wish to qualify as an SLT, please apply to our Speech & Language Therapy Programme.

Objectives

The Speech, Language & Communication (Advanced Practice) MSc will help you:

  • Think in new ways about disorders of language, communication and swallowing.
  • Introduce you to new theoretical ideas and new approaches to clinical practice.
  • Strengthen your knowledge of the evidence base for clinical work.
  • Enhance your skills in critically appraising research evidence.
  • Provide you with the skills and knowledge that you need to begin independent research.
  • Develop knowledge and skills that can be applied across different language and cultural contexts (making the programme highly suitable for home, EU or overseas students.

Academic facilities

As an MSc student, you will have access to specialist labs, providing:

  • Speech and hearing instrumentation.
  • Computing resources.
  • Excellent Institution library facilities, including our subject-specific librarian.

The School of Health hosts a speech and language therapy clinic (The Roberta Williams Centre) which provides project opportunities for MSc students.

Teaching and learning

You will learn in a dynamic and supportive atmosphere, which encourages participation and the exchange of ideas. The knowledge and skills that you will develop can be applied across different language and cultural contexts, making the programme highly suitable for home, EU or overseas students.

Modules are taught by high-profile academic clinicians, internationally renowned research leaders and senior practitioners. In some modules, there are also contributions from service users.

You will learn through a blend of lectures, seminars, labs, and project work. Group sizes vary, but many elective modules involve small-group teaching. Face-to-face teaching is supplemented by Moodle, our online learning platform, which provides extensive learning resources and interactive opportunities, such as discussion fora.

Many modules entail student-led activities, such as presentations.  All encourage active learning and the sharing of ideas and professional experience.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a variety of methods that may include:

  • Essays
  • Literature reviews
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Case studies
  • Data analyses.

You will be appraised in your ability to assess, critically interpret and apply the research literature, and in your academic writing and communication skills. Specific skills, such as statistical analysis, will be required by some module assessments.

Modules

To gain the MSc or a Postgraduate Diploma you will study two core modules, three discipline-specific modules (or related to communication or swallowing), and two elective modules which may be discipline-specific or generic.

Most modules run in the Autumn and Spring terms. A typical 15-credit module involves between 25 and 30 hours of teaching, supplemented by extensive private study (at least eight hours a week).

In order to gain the MSc you will undertake a research dissertation, in addition to the 7 taught modules. The dissertation involves up to one year of independent data collection and study, supported by a supervisor.

The research dissertation involves up to one year of independent data collection and study, supported by a supervisor.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Speech Language and Communication you will need to complete three or four modules totalling 60 credits. These must include at least two discipline-specific modules in the area of Speech Language and Communication.

Full-time students complete the taught modules in one year, for example taking three or four modules per term.  Part-time students complete them over two years.

Core modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical issues in advanced practice (15 credits)

Discipline specific modules

  • Acquired language impairments (15 credits)
  • Case-based clinical management (15 credits)
  • Cognitive communication impairments (15 credits)
  • Developmental language impairment 1: identification, assessment and intervention (15 credits)
  • Developmental language impairment 2: critical approaches (15 credits)
  • Dysphagia and disorders of eating and drinking (15 credits)
  • Habilitative audiology (15 credits)
  • Language learning and development (15 credits)
  • Instrumental techniques in speech sciences (15 credits).

Elective modules

Options include:

  • Identity, Inclusion and Living with Disability (15 credits)
  • Leading Change (15 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Early Identification and Assessment (15 credits)
  • Child Protection: Working Together Managing Risk and Resilience (15 credits)
  • Practical management of dysphagia (15 credits).

Full time students complete the taught modules in one year, for example taking three or four modules per term. Part time students complete them over two years.

Career prospects

This course is for qualified speech and language therapists who are aiming to enhance their careers. The MSc award will qualify you for posts in the UK and abroad which require a Masters degree, such as specialist clinical positions or research posts.

The course is ideal for other graduates seeking a research career in the field of communication disorders.

Past graduates have progressed into senior clinical roles, doctoral study and research positions.


Visit the Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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