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York St John University MSc Degrees in Linguistics & Classics

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The academic study of clinical linguistics is concerned with how language is affected by a range of acquired and developmental communication disorders, and the role of language in the subsequent assessment and management of these conditions. Read more

The academic study of clinical linguistics is concerned with how language is affected by a range of acquired and developmental communication disorders, and the role of language in the subsequent assessment and management of these conditions. There is a focus on how language can break down or be changed by these conditions, and an examination of good quality evidence that evaluates interventions designed to ameliorate well-being and skills of affected individuals. There is a focus on how specialists assess, diagnose and differentiate between communication disorders. There is a focus on the role of Speech and Language Therapists working with patients throughout the lifespan, and also how educational psychologists work with children to improve educational outcomes for those with communication disorders.

You will develop an advanced understanding of techniques and processes applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic related to a subject which is of interest to you. You will be taught by our team of Language & Linguistics experts and become part of our expanding Languages & Linguistics community.

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The academic study of clinical linguistics is concerned with how language is affected by a range of acquired and developmental communication disorders, and the role of language in the subsequent assessment and management of these conditions. There is a focus on how language can break down or be changed by these conditions, and an examination of good quality evidence that evaluates interventions designed to ameliorate well-being and skills of affected individuals. The programme focuses on how specialists assess, diagnose and differentiate between communication disorders. There is a focus on the role of Speech and Language Therapists working with patients throughout the lifespan, and also that of educational psychologists work with children to improve educational outcomes for those with communication disorders.

The MSc Clinical Linguistics also provides the research training and subject knowledge to enable you to continue your studies to doctoral level (at YSJ and in other institutions).

The programme would be attractive for those who have previously studied Linguistics at undergraduate level who wish to continue to develop their studies in the field of Clinical Linguistics.

Programme Length

The programme is designed to be studied either full-time over 12 months or part-time over a maximum of five years. If you are unable to complete the full Master’s degree or are interested in certain modules, you may work for the intermediate awards of Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Linguistics or Diploma in Clinical Linguistics.

Modules

The full Master’s programme comprises taught modules and a dissertation.

Research in Language & Linguistics (30 credits/Compulsory)

This module introduces you to a range of research methods commonly used in the study of language and linguistics at postgraduate level and beyond. It is designed to enable you to develop an in-depth knowledge of research techniques relevant to your discipline and to develop your critical abilities in analysing, evaluating and synthesising research findings on a range of topics within language and linguistics. You will be taught how to develop research questions in the execution of a small-scale research project and how to evaluate current issues and research in language and linguistics.

Acquired Communication Disorders (30 credits/Compulsory)

This module provides a detailed examination of acquired communication disorders occurring throughout the lifespan and their impact on speech, language and literacy. You will be equipped to critically evaluate theoretical standpoints and clinical evidence and how it can be applied in practice when working with individuals with a range of acquired communication disorders. You will analyse cases and present their observations to their seminar group for discussion and formative assessment.

Developmental Communication Disorders (30 credits/Compulsory)

This module provides a detailed examination of developmental communication disorders and their impact on speech, language and literacy throughout the lifespan. You will be equipped to critically evaluate theoretical standpoints and clinical evidence and how it can be applied in practice when working with children and adults with these communication disorders You will also gain experience of collecting data from children or adults to inform a piece of project work for the module assessment. You will analyse cases and present their observations to their seminar group for discussion and formative assessment.

Assessment, Diagnosis & Management of Communication Disorder (30 credits/Compulsory)

This module looks at how clinicians work with patients presenting with communication disorders. You will focus on the process that clinicians go through when working with patients, and will work with a range of assessment tools that are used in educational and clinical practice when assessing children and adults presenting with communication disorders. You will examine clinical data, and explore how diagnoses are reached, and what kinds of interventions clinicians may advise. You will also consider current debates in relation to communication disorders such as looking at terminology, the basis of diagnosis, evaluating interventions, when and whether to continue intervention and inclusion.

Dissertation (60 credits/Compulsory)

Your final module will be a dissertation on a topic that you will agree with your supervisor. It is an opportunity for you to explore in depth an area of interest or particular area of Language and Linguistics. You will gain experience in formulating ideas and hypotheses, devising sound research methodology, collecting and evaluating data, and presenting your findings in a dissertation of 10,000 -12,000 words.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.



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