Evidence Based Practice in Communication Disorders MSc; PGDip; PGCert

MSc: 12 months full time; 24 months part time
PGDip: 24 months part time
PGCert: 12 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000(MSc); part time £3,000 (MSc); £2,005 (PGDip and PGCert)
International: full time £12,575 (MSc) part time fees

International students - please note that it is a requirement of a student visa that you must be following a full time degree programme. However, in some circumstances part-time study is possible.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme is for registered speech and language therapists. It covers the principles and practice of evidence-based practice (EBP) and how it relates to your own clinical specialism (eg developmental language disorders, developmental speech disorders, aphasia, motor speech disorders, voice disorders, dysphagia). It is the first programme for EBP in the UK that meets the requirements of the Knowledge and Skills Framework and the professional and regulatory requirements for continuing professional development.


The programme provides training in the principles of EBP including: formulating answerable clinical questions; searching for current best evidence; critically appraising the evidence in terms of methodological quality; integrating critical appraisal with clinical expertise and the client's values; evaluating effectiveness in applying these elements and seeking ways to improve them in the future. Research training also covers broader themes and issues such as research governance and management within the NHS; and qualitative and quantitative methods related to clinical research.

All modules are delivered in blocks of 3-4 days to be compatible with full- or part-time professional practice. Module content is focussed on applying skills to your area of clinical expertise with the aim of increasing both academic and clinical knowledge. Many of the modules are available on a standalone credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) basis, for practitioners following a CPD route. You will therefore have a stimulating and interesting mix of peers in each module.

For the MSc programme, you take seven taught modules and undertake a research project in your workplace that will form the basis of your dissertation and poster. Part-time MSc students have a total of 19 contact days over two years. Full-time candidates will complete the taught and research project modules in one year.  

Part-time MSc students undertake a clinical research project, written up as a dissertation, with an accompanying poster, that examines a new or existing area of clinical practice. The project can be a pilot study that could provide a foundation for subsequent research or a publishable study in its own right. Full-time MSc students can undertake a systematic review in an area of interest.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

If you are undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) you take taught modules to a value of 120 credits. Students studying for the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) take taught modules to a value of 60 credits.

This programme links with the programme of CPD modules in speech and language sciences. There are several flexible routes to obtain a qualification that are also compatible with full- or part-time professional practice. See the CPD website for more information: www.ncl.ac.uk/ecls/sltcpd

+Entrance Requirements

A minimum of an upper-second-class Honours degree, or a Master's degree, or international equivalent, that has led to a qualification as a speech and language therapist. You must be registered with the Health Professionals Council as a speech and language therapist, or relevant licensing body if outide the UK, and have a least one year of post-qualification experience working in the field.

Alongside your application you must provide a reference from your relevant clinical service manager (employer) indicating that you have approval in principle to conduct a research project within their clinical service. In order to complete the research project you must be in employment and have access to clinical population.

If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in listening and speaking), TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Gillian Cavagan
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7388
E-mail: speech@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Linguistics, Speech and Language Sciences.

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