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Language Pathology MSc

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.

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  • September 2024


Our Language Pathology MSc is a practical speech and language therapy course. This Master's programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. It is accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

On completion, you'll have an in-depth understanding of the causes, symptomatology and consequences of the range of human communication disorders.

You'll develop the clinical skills necessary for effective intervention practice. You'll also learn about relevant legislation, statutory codes and policy affecting speech and language therapy practice.

To be admitted to the course, you need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.

Please note that the application deadline for September 2024 entry is 15 January 2024.

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What you'll learn

As part of this Language Pathology MSc course, you'll complete a number of compulsory modules. These will be supported by clinical placements from early on in both years.

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
  • psychiatry
  • research methods and statistics

There will be a focus on:

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


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

We take a student-centred approach to your development of:

  • knowledge
  • thinking and critical ability
  • professional identity

Clinical practice

You'll receive tailored supervision, with a focus on reflective practice. We also provide transparent and fair assessment procedures with clear and specific marking criteria for coursework. This will help you to achieve your potential.

You'll have the opportunity to complete clinical placements in our campus-based clinics and in a range of external settings where speech and language therapists work. These could include schools and NHS settings, eg community clinics and hospitals.

In year one, you'll complete:

  • one placement in the Tavistock Aphasia Centre
  • one placement in the Children’s Speech and Language Clinic
  • an external six-week block placement (during the summer)

In year two, you'll complete a placement where you work with an individual client for the extended case report (in semester 1) and a final block placement (during the summer).

Your future

What can you do with a Language Pathology MSc degree?

This Master’s course is a pre-registration speech and language therapy degree. Graduates can apply to the Health and Care Professionals Council to register to practice as a Speech and Language Therapist.

Graduates of this programme become practicing speech and language therapists across a range of settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • schools
  • children’s services
  • justice
  • mental health

For more information on careers in speech and language therapy, visit the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Programme Secretary
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7385


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