Postgraduate

Language Pathology MSc

Language Pathology MSc

Full time: 24 months

Profile

Our Language Pathology MSc is designed for those wanting to develop a career as a Speech and Language Therapist in the National Health Service. This practical course is accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

In year one you will cover modules in psychology, linguistics and anatomy/physiology that underpin the discipline. You will also begin to work on speech and language therapy (SLT) cases and have your first experiences of working clinically under supervision.

Year two is more specialised with a focus on motor, head and neck and cognitive impairments. With academic and clinical supervision, you will carry out and write up a clinically-based research project (an extended case report), based on a therapy programme that you will deliver to one client.

You need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.

Teaching is delivered through case-based problem solving which means you will be participating in guided self-directed learning and collaborating with peers in group work.

Our staff have an immense amount of experience of delivering SLT courses and many are qualified and experienced speech and language therapists. All are involved in research in this area and our teaching is supported by research findings.

We take a student-centred approach to your development of knowledge, thinking and professional identity. We offer an individual approach to clinical supervision in our clinics, which involves micro-analysis of video material and focuses on positive aspects of interaction. We also aim to provide transparent assessment procedures and a clear and specific marking criteria for coursework, helping you to prepare your coursework.

We have very high student satisfaction scores for our programmes in the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (92% satisfaction). We are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Aural and Oral Sciences in The Complete University Guide 2017. We also rank 4th in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey, with a score of 93% (in the Aural and Oral Science category).

Delivery

The course is taught at Newcastle city campus and in a variety of external clinical placements. The course runs from 9am to 6pm during weekdays from September to July in both years. This is an intense course with approximately 25-30 contact hours per week with the possibility of additional contact hours during clinical placements. There are also block clinical placements in the summer months in both years.

You will complete compulsory modules followed by a six-week clinical placement in both years. 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 two is the extended case report, where you manage a clinical case, provide intensive input, and write up your findings in dissertation format.

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Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

MSc

UK

Full time: £7,200

EU

Full time: £7,200

International

Full time: £18,000

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any of the following fields:

  • psychology
  • neuroscience
  • linguistics
  • English language and literature
  • modern languages
  • a medical discipline, such as biomedical science or medicine

We will also consider your application if you have a first degree in a different subject plus relevant industry experience.

Your degree must have been obtained by the time of application. You will need to upload the degree certificate using the Applicant Portal.

You are required to have practical experience of working in or observing speech language therapy clinics, or closely related experience such as:

  • working in a nursing home
  • working with special needs children
  • working with individuals with learning disabilities

You need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.

You will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure and an occupational health assessment.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 8.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.5 in all sub-skills)

  • we do not accept any equivalent English language qualifications for this course
  • you must have achieved your IELTS qualification by the time you apply
  • your IELTS certificate must be uploaded using the Applicant Portal
  • applications without IELTS certificates will not be considered

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

The application deadline is Monday 6 November 2017 for 2018 entry.

You must have obtained and graduated from your degree before you can apply for this course. We usually accept 20 students onto the course per year.

Personal statement

In your personal statement you must:

  • describe the type and amount of practical experience you have
  • reflect on what you have learned from your practical experience
  • discuss why you have chosen to train as a speech and language therapist

You need to upload your personal statement with your application. Your statement has to be:

  • a Word or PDF document
  • no longer than two pages
  • font size 12, single or double spaces with one inch (2.54cm) margins

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Programme Secretary
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8830
Email: speech@ncl.ac.uk

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