Continuing Professional Development Postgraduate Pathways in Speech and Language Sciences

The CPD framework in Speech & Language Sciences is made up of a menu of standalone Masters level modules. This menu of modules was developed, and continues to be developed, through partnership between the Speech & Language Sciences section at Newcastle University and regional Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) managers and clinical leads.

The focus of all modules is on quality improvement in an individual practitioner’s workplace through the identification of clinical or strategic issues, exploration of the evidence base to address that issue and completion of work-based projects. In this way managers or individual practitioners can address current issues, translating research and best evidence into practice.

Qualified professionals can choose a number of options for their postgraduate study including completing single standalone CPD modules, accumulating a number of these modules to achieve a postgraduate certificate or diploma, or transfer them into a MSc in Evidence Based Practice in Communication Disorders (EBPCD).

The programmes are designed to be accessible to professionals working full time in a pressured and ever changing environment. Modules are typically taught over two or three full days at Newcastle University. It is expected that each module will require approximately ten study days in total. Self-study is supported by email; a virtual learning environment; discussion boards and Facebook groups.

What can I study?

A number of modules have been approved to be offered as standalone CPD opportunities. Further modules are in development. The menu of modules includes modules from the MSc in EBPCD.

What is available this year?

Eight modules are offered in 2014-15. The availability of modules is subject to sufficient numbers.


Principles of Evidence Based Practice*

29th, 30th September and 1st October 2014


Scientific Writing for Publication*

20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd October 2014


Critical Appraisal I*

24th, 25th and 26th November 2014


Research Methods in Assessment and Intervention*

9th, 10th and 11th February 2015


Research Project Management*

9th, 10th and 11th March 2015


Acquired Apraxia of Speech: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives

9th, 10th March and 3rd June 2015


Effecting change in a multi-agency context: Influence and Leadership

11th, 12th March and 7th May 2015


Critical Appraisal II*

27th, 28th and 29th April 2015

*These modules also form part of the MSc in Evidence Based Practice

How much time does each module take?

All modules are designed to be accessible to busy working practitioners and so are delivered in concentrated blocks to fit around normal working practice, with contact teaching time of between 2 and 4 full days for each module. Approximately 8-10 additional days self-study is required in order to complete the module requirements.

Who are they for?

The modules vary as to whether they are exclusively designed for SLTs or whether they are also suitable for other professionals. This information can be found by clicking on the module title above.
Applications are welcomed from across the UK and from outside of the UK. For students attending from outside of the North East of England a range of affordable accommodation is available in Newcastle, including Carlton Lodge, newly refurbished self-catering accommodation on campus.

What qualification will I gain?

Participants who successfully complete the required assessments for the modules will a Newcastle University Certificate of Credit Achieved for 20 credits at Postgraduate level.
Participants can accumulate credits from a minimum of 60 to a maximum of 180 credits and so be awarded a Certificate, a Diploma or a Masters Qualification.

How much will it cost?

The fees for the academic year 2014 – 2015 are £620 for each 20 credit stand-alone module.

What are the entry requirements?

  1. Academic degree/qualification leading to a licence to practice as a speech and language therapist or related professional (as specified for each individual module).
  2. Applications from outside the UK able to demonstrate equivalent qualifications are welcomed.
  3. Registered with the Health Professions Council as a Speech and Language Therapist in the UK, or for other professions the equivalent Professional Licensing Body (or the equivalent licensing body outside the UK, if applicable).
  4. Reference from relevant service manager (employer) indicating that applicant has approval in principle to conduct assignments related directly to their workplace context.
  5. Applicants whose first language is not English should have IELTS 7 (or equivalent) Minimum of 6.5 in Listening and Speaking elements required

We strongly encourage applicants who are unsure whether they meet the entry requirements to discuss their application with the CPD Framework Director, Dr Cristina McKean or Head of Section, Dr Julie Morris

How do I apply?

Applications are now open for the academic year 2013-14. Please use the application guide to support you with this process. If you have any queries please contact Cristina McKean or Vivienne Sturgiss. If you wish to be notified when applications are opened for other modules then please register your interest with Vivienne Sturgiss

Any other questions?

If you have any further questions please get in touch please contact Cristina McKean or Vivienne Sturgiss