Language Pathology MSc

24 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500
International: full time £15,490

Programme Overview

This two-year programme is designed for graduates wishing to pursue a career as a Speech and Language Therapist. The MSc is accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Through a combination of lectures, practical classes, case-based problem solving exercises and clinical placements you will develop knowledge and understanding of:

• causes, symptomatology and consequences of human communication disorders
• clinical skills for intervention practice
• research abilities to evaluate clinical service provision
• legislations, statutory codes and policy affecting speech and language therapy practice
• adapting relevant knowledge from other disciplines (eg linguistics, psychology, education)

On completion of this programme, you will be able to:

• make case management decisions for developmental and acquired communication disorders
• justify case management decisions theoretically
• provide intervention for developmental and acquired communication disorders
• objectively and routinely evaluate clinical effectiveness
• critically evaluate service provision policy
• evaluate and apply new research and techniques

At Newcastle University you will benefit from our well established partnership with local speech and language therapy services. This ensures that our programme satisfies employers’ expectations. Graduates of the programme are equipped with the relevant academic and clinical knowledge and skills to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.


The teaching uses a case-based, problem-solving approach. In the first year of the programme students complete compulsory modules, a clinical practicum at the University’s clinic for children; sessions in the University’s Aphasia Clinic; some observations in nurseries; and a six-week block clinical placement in the summer.

In the second year students complete compulsory modules, clinical sessions administering group therapy and complete another six-week block clinical placement.

Assessment is through course work, written examinations, in-course assessment of the clinical practicum, case presentations and in-course class tests. An important element of Year 2 is the extended case report, where students manage one case, giving intensive input, and write up their findings.

Find out  more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology, linguistics or a medical discipline. Applicants are required to have practical experience of working in or observing speech language therepy clinics, or closely related experience such as working in a nursing home, with special needs children or individuals with learning disabilities.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 8.0 with a minimum of 7.5 in all sub-sections. No equivalent English language qualifications can be considered on this programme.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

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

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

UK students should consult the NHS website for bursary opportunities.  

International Students - The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

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

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Please note that it is no longer possible to apply for entry in 2014. The closing date for 2015 entry applications is 7 November 2014.

Applicants must have obtained and graduated from their degree before they can apply for this programme.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, UK/EU applicants are required to pay a deposit of £200 and 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

Subject Overview

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

Student profiles:

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There is a good social side on the course. There are 11 of us from different nationalities. Last week for example when we had finished an assignment, we all went out for dinner together

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