Our course provides a foundation in research methodology and evidence based practice in a flexible format. You can develop your own area of interest in a research or Evidence Based Practice (EBP) framework. It forms part of the 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) scheme under the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership.
This course is intended for graduates in clinical linguistics, psychology, speech and language therapy or a related discipline with an interest in research in speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders.
The course will cover:
- social science theory, approaches and research methods
- research methods in the discipline appropriate to your planned dissertation project and future doctoral research
- advanced scholarship and practice in areas within that discipline as well as an awareness of current research
- design and implementation of an original investigation including statistical and/or qualitative analyses and interpretation of findings
- development of communication skills appropriate to sharing the findings of a clinical investigation with a professional audience through a conference presentation and manuscript suitable for submission to a scientific journal
You will be taught by internationally renowned researchers and lecturers, such as Professor David Howard, Professor Nick Miller and Professor James Law. They will support you to develop research and enquiry in specialist clinical areas.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises the programme as a Research Master's award, making it ideal preparation for a PhD under the ESRC funded 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) degree scheme.
Quality and Ranking
We rank in the top 100 for Linguistics - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
The course is delivered by Speech and Language Sciences in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.
The five modules are taught in blocks of three –four days of intensive lectures, seminars and group work. Two Humanities and Social Science Faculty modules are taught on a weekly basis.
Your research project can take the form of a systematic review of the evidence base or an original small scale research project.
There are three on-site clinics that provide assessment and intervention services to adults and children with communication difficulties:
These facilities also provide clinical placements for our students and a research facility for students and staff. We have a Language Analysis Lab devoted to clinical linguistic and phonetic analysis, in addition to other facilities.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- SPE8304 Principles of Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders
- SPE8301 Critical Appraisal 2
- HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- SPE8320 Research Project Management
- SPE8307 Scientific Writing for Publication
- HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- HSS8007 An Introduction to The Nature of Explanation and Enquiry
- SPE8302 Research Project (Master's Thesis)*
* For the PG Diploma you take the compulsory modules listed above, but you do not undertake the Research Project (SPE8302)
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 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £17,370
Full time: £4,940
Part time: £2,470
Full time: £4,940
Part time: £2,470
Full time: £11,580
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area, such as:
- speech and language pathology
This course is only available to those applying for a studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The course forms part of the 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) scheme under the North East Doctoral Training Centre. To start the course your application for ESRC funding must be successful.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications or relevant professional experience in speech and language therapy.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
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This course is only available to those applying for a studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The course forms part of the 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) scheme under the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership To start the course your application for ESRC funding must be successful.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
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.
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
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