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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Acquired Communication Disorders

Course Description

About the course

This course is for speech and language therapists/pathologists, linguists, psychologists or others with a relevant background who have an interest in acquired communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and the communication difficulties secondary to dementia or traumatic brain injury.

The MSc will provide you with an up-to-date understanding of the main theoretical and clinical issues and approaches in this field and the implications of these findings for clinical intervention.

Your career

Your masters will give you the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Our MMedSci course provides the necessary training to meet the requirements of the UK Health and Care Professions Council which is the accreditation body for UK speech and language therapy. Our other courses provide professional development training. They can also lead to careers in university teaching and research.

How we teach

We have a reputation for high quality research in the field of human communication and its disorders. That research informs our teaching. We offer professional training for students who are considering speech and language therapy as a career. If you’re interested in a research career, we can prepare you for a PhD.

We also run professional development courses for students already working in the field, so you can study alongside your current job. We have links with the NHS, special schools and specialist charities to ensure that what we teach you is in line with current developments in the field.

We work with other departments across the University including the School of Education, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Computer Science and the School of English Language and Linguistics.

Core modules


Acquired Language Disorders; Acquired Speech Disorders; Methods in Clinical Linguistics; Developing an Evidence Base for Practice.


Research Methods A; Research Methods B or an optional module if not continuing to the MSc; Two optional modules.


Research Methods A; Research Methods B; Two optional modules; Dissertation/ Evaluation of Clinical Practice.

Examples of optional modules

Students on the PGDip and MSc also take optional modules, from a range offered both within the department and across other departments in the University.

Visit the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Acquired Communication Disorders page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline such as speech and language therapy/pathology, linguistics, education or psychology. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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