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About Speech & Language Sciences

We have an international reputation for the quality of our research and teaching.

About us

Our graduate speech and language therapists are highly employable evidence-based practitioners. Our postgraduate speech and language scientists are employed in academic and professional posts around the world. Our research influences policy and practice in healthcare and education.

Study speech and language science with us

Our teaching is evidence and research based. We combine traditional and problem-based learning approaches in labs, classrooms and clinics. Our lecturers and practice educators bring a high level of expertise and academic rigour. They provide a first-class learning environment. Our students have a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience. This enables them to adapt and shine in the workplace and in further study.

If your career goal is to become a speech and language therapist we have three degree-level study options for you to choose from. They're approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Newcastle was the first university in the UK to offer degree-level training in speech and language therapy.

Clinical experience

Student speech and language therapists at Newcastle experience a varied and immersive clinical experience. This is across all stages of their degree.

Speech and language sciences research

Our research focuses on human communication throughout the lifespan. We foster national and international interdisciplinary research collaborations. Our research expertise is wide ranging. We combine theoretical and practical approaches to optimise the outcomes of our research. Our work in building research capacity in speech and language therapy services in the North East of England is renowned.

We plan and conduct research through close partnerships with:

  • health, education and voluntary organisations
  • individuals with speech, language and communication difficulties

This contributes to knowledge about both normal and disordered communication. It advances theoretical understanding and models of speech and language processing. It advances understanding of assessment and intervention within speech language therapy.

Our areas of research are:

  • Children's speech and language
  • Language, cognition and communication disorders in adults
  • Phonetics and phonology

Research outreach and collaboration

We work closely with practice partners in speech and language therapy, education and technology. We aim to develop and nurture fair, creative and productive partnerships. These partnerships benefit research, teaching and practice.

Researchers in speech and language sciences engage with individuals and groups. This helps to develop and conduct our research. We're always happy to explore new collaborations. We want our research to address the important questions in our field. This happens best when we work in partnership.

Find out more about our partners

Resources and information for speech and language therapists

We've developed a series of resources for speech and language therapists (SLTs) for use in clinical practise.

Our Extranet contains all the information that our practice educators need.