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 or other settings. This practical course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.


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About this course

About this course

Year one

In year one you'll cover the following modules that underpin the discipline:

  • psychology
  • linguistics
  • practical anatomy
  • physiology

You'll also begin to work on speech and language therapy (SLT) cases. These will give you your first experiences of working clinically under guided supervision.

Year two

In year two, more complex problems are set in speech and language pathology. This year is more specialised. You'll study topics including: dysphagia, ageing, dementia, mental health and psychiatry. There will be a focus on:

  • motor
  • fluency
  • voice
  • head and neck
  • cognitive impairment

Clinically-based research project

You'll carry out and write up a clinically-based research project (an extended case report). The report will be based on a therapy programme that you will deliver and evaluate to one client. You will be supported by a practice educator (clinical supervisor) and academic supervisor.

Teaching is delivered through case-based problem solving. This means you'll participate in guided self-directed learning and collaborate with your peers in group work.

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

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Modules

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 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year, your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

MSc

Home

Full time: £8,100

International

Full time: £20,400

 

English-domiciled students have access to undergraduate tuition fee loans and living cost loans for this course. Students from non-EU UK countries can apply for a tuition fee loan (but not a maintenance loan).

Students domiciled in Wales and Northern Ireland should apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan.

Scottish-domiciled students are eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan only if no equivalent course is offered in Scotland.

 


EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

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


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 care or nursing home
  • working with children with special needs or adults with disabilities 
  • 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

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Closing dates

The following dates are for September 2021 entry:

  • Deadline for receipt of applications 18 January 2021
  • Shortlisting to take place the week commencing 25 January 2021
  • Interviews to be held the week commencing 1 March 2021 (international applicants will be interviewed via Skype)
  • Final decisions and offers will be confirmed the week beginning 15 March 2021

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 are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, 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 with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Programme Secretary
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7385
Email: speech@ncl.ac.uk

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