Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) (MSc)

City, University of London

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The award

How long you will study
2 - 3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3990 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 7980 per year

All study options

About Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) at City, University of London

A flexible, professionally orientated programme for speech and language therapists and other graduates seeking new knowledge and expertise about communication disorders and swallowing.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for qualified speech and language therapists who are seeking to extend their clinical knowledge and expertise, and develop new research skills.

It 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 are aiming to qualify as an SLT please apply to our speech and language therapy programme.


The MSc programme is designed to:

  • Stimulate you to 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.

Students are taught 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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a first or second class honours degree, or the equivalent, from an international institution in an appropriate subject.

Alternatively, applicants should hold the Licentiate Diploma of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

English requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is required:

IELTS: 7.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for September 2017 entry are now closed.

January 2018

We ask you to complete our on line application form and provide a personal statement outlining why you are interested in this course, and how it aligns with your career objectives.

We also ask you to provide two references and relevant supporting documentation, such as qualification certificates.

Teaching and learning

Modules are taught by academic clinicians, 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 on line 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 essays, literature reviews, oral presentations, poster presentations, case studies, and data analyses.

You will be appraised in your ability to access, 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 PG Dip 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 8 hours a week).

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 be required to complete 3 or 4 modules totalling 60 credits. These must include at least two discipline specific modules in the area of Speech Language and Communication.

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

  • Identity, Inclusion and Living with Disability (15 credits)
  • Developing Complex Interventions (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.

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

This course is for qualified speech and language therapists who are aiming to enhance their careers.

The MSc award will qualify them for posts in the UK and abroad which require a Masters' degree, some specialist clinical positions or research posts.

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

Programme alumni have progressed into senior clinical roles, doctoral study and research positions.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course


Full-time: £7,980 per year

Part-time: £3,990 per year


Full-time: £15,960 per year

Part-time: £7,980 per year

More about fees


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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

Speech and Language Masters programmes from City

Find out more about City's MSc Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice) and the MSc Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice from leading Professors Jane Marshall and Shula Chait from the School of Health Sciences Division of Language & Communication Science.

Academic facilities

Students on the MSc course have access to specialist labs, e.g. providing speech and hearing instrumentation, computing resources and the 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

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