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Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders - MRes/PGCert

Course Description

This multidisciplinary programme is aimed at professionals already working in child or adult services in health, education or social care in the UK and overseas who have an interest in developing research expertise and who have a motivation to carry out research in their workplace or a linked setting.

Degree information

Students will gain knowledge and skills in applied research related to the client groups with whom they work. Key topic areas include qualitative and quantitative methods related to communication disorders research, and planning, implementing and managing research. Students undertaking the MRes will conduct a supervised research project in their area of professional interest.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Both the MRes and the PG Cert include three compulsory (core) modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits). The MRes also includes a research project (120 credits).

On the Postgraduate Certificate students take four modules (60 credits). This can be full-time over 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years.

Core modules:
-Research Evidence and Design I
-Research Evidence and Design II
-Research in Practice

Optional module
-Students may choose any 15-credit module from Language Sciences or from the Institute of Health Informatics.

MRes students undertake a research project in the area of human communication disorders, which culminates in a dissertation of 8-10,000 words, a research impact plan and poster presentation.

Teaching and learning
The programme takes a strong experiential learning approach through the demonstration, exploration and application of new skills. The programme also utilises significant online learning resources which allow learning outside normal classroom hours. These are combined with lectures, and small-group working. Assessment is through written reports, presentations, and the research dissertation.


Now, more than ever before, continuing professional development (CPD) is linked to career progression. Gaining a PG Cert or an MRes in Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders will undoubtedly enhance your career opportunities within child and adult support services, and could act as a springboard to further research including study at doctoral level. In the long term, skills gained on this programme will place you in an exceptionally strong position to engage with research including contributing directly to research evidence.

Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) is of major importance for professionals working with vulnerable populations, and this programme is likely to enhance employability. For example, on completion you will be able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and a range of skills that relate directly to your professional career, including how to source appropriate literature, evaluate research conducted by others, select and conduct appropriate research designs, analyse data, and write a research report.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching. Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create a vibrant and interactive environment, taking advantage of first-class resources.

Academic staff in the division have a wide range of expertise in research methods and the management of people with communication disorders. Areas of expertise include:
-Acquired Aphasia
-Acquired Apraxia of Speech
-Augmentative and Alternative Communication
-Autism Spectrum Disorder
-Children with Complex Special Needs
-Deafness/Cochlear Implant
-Developmental Language Disorders
-Progressive Neurological Conditions
-Speech Disorders in Children
-Specific Language Impairment
-Written Language Difficulties

Visit the Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders - MRes/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and a recognised professional qualification (e.g. audiology, clinical science, medicine, occupational therapy, psychology, speech and language therapy, teaching); or a recognised professional qualification and a minimum of two years relevant work experience; or a minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification on an equivalent standard in any other relevant science, medical or allied health professions related discipline.

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