Masters degrees in Language Pathology equip postgraduates with the skills to diagnose, treat and help patients with physical and behavioural disorders that affect their speech.
Related subjects include Speech-Language Pathology and Speech & Language Sciences. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Speech & Language Therapy or Psychology.
Speech-Language Pathology investigates a range of speech and swallowing disorders related to cognition and communication. You will be trained to understand the causes of these disorders, how to diagnose them, and learn to treat their symptoms through therapeutic techniques.
You could study condition ranging from physical issues such as cleft lip and palate, to cognition disorders like dementia or dyslexia. Many Speech-Language Pathologists opt to focus on a particular physical or cognitive disorder.
For example, you might specialise in treating speech issues caused by social anxiety, such as stammers. Alternatively, you may branch into designing and developing assistive technology which helps communication, such as hearing aids.
Careers as a Language Pathologist may include roles in private and public healthcare centres, education institutions, prisons and charities.
This course is suitable for school-based professionals who provide support for children with speech, language and communication needs.
It is designed for students looking to gain high level knowledge and analytical skills, share their professional experience and perspectives and access current research in their field.
Students will be aiming to raise their profile as a specialist and leader in speech, language and communication needs in the school setting.
The MSc in Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools is jointly run by City, University of London and UCL Institute of Education. It brings together speech and language therapists, teachers and other graduate school-based practitioners for collaborative study. The programme is designed to enable students to:
Modules are facilitated by experienced clinicians, teachers and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive methods. Some modules take place in large groups supplemented by small group discussion or laboratory sessions that provide hands-on experience of statistical analyses. Specialist modules take place in small groups combining lecturing with student-led discussion and workshop activities often drawing on participants' professional experiences. Moodle, the virtual learning environment at both institutions, provides an online platform for sharing module information and interactive learning. These methods support and are supported by self-directed study.
Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments that may include essays, literature reviews, oral presentations, poster presentations, case studies, and data analyses. Assessments require critical evaluation of the research on key issues; selective application of theory and research to a particular setting, group or individual in the student's experience; understanding of research methods; and skills in statistical analysis.
The taught programme comprises:
Teaching takes place in three 10-week terms: autumn, spring and summer. Students will normally take one module per term part-time or two modules per term full-time.
Each module runs over 3-5 whole days, 10 evenings or 10 half days. In addition, students will be expected to spend approximately half a day a week reading around the taught sessions, preparing for discussion, or completing short exercises.
Students have up to one year to complete the research dissertation.
Elective modules are chosen from many available at both institutions and timing depends on module choice. Popular electives include:
At UCL IOE:
At City, University of London:
This MSc qualification raises graduates’ profile as a specialist and leader in speech, language and communication needs in the school setting. It is an advantage for teachers and clinicians seeking higher grade specialist and managerial posts.
Graduates are also eligible to apply for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) and some research posts.
Please note that this MSc does not lead to professional qualification as a speech and language therapist or teacher.
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.
The Speech, Language & Communication (Advanced Practice) MSc will help you:
As an MSc student, you will have access to specialist labs, providing:
The School of Health hosts a speech and language therapy clinic (The Roberta Williams Centre) which provides project opportunities for MSc students.
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.
Modules are assessed through a variety of methods that may include:
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.
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.
Discipline specific modules
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.
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.