This course is for graduates in:
- speech and language therapy
- clinical linguistics
- related disciplines with an interest in speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders
It forms part of the 1+3 (Master's plus PhD) scheme. This under the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises it as a Research Master's award. This makes it ideal preparation for a PhD under the ESRC funded 1+3 (master's plus PhD) degree scheme linguistics strand or for students with NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) funding.
The course will cover:
- research methods in the discipline. They will be appropriate to your planned dissertation project and future research
- advanced scholarship and practice. This is in areas within that discipline as well as an awareness of current research
- design and implementation of an original investigation. This includes statistical and/or qualitative analyses and interpretation of findings
- development of communication skills for sharing findings of clinical investigation with professional audiences. This is through a conference presentation and manuscript for submission to a scientific journal
Our researchers and lecturers are world-renowned. You'll develop research and enquiry in specialist clinical areas.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MSc is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete all of the taught modules (120 credits).
What you'll learn
You'll learn through a range of compulsory 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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
The course is delivered by Speech and Language Sciences in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.
Teaching is online but has some flexible on-campus present in-person (PiP) sessions. This is to allow for small group discussion.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Written exercise
Your research project can take the form of a systematic review of the evidence base or an original small-scale research project. For practicing speech and language therapists this could be a project-based in your practice.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
There are two on-site clinics. They provide assessment and intervention services to adults and children with communication difficulties:
These facilities provide clinical placements for our students. They are also and a research facility for students and staff. We have a Language Analysis Lab devoted to clinical linguistic and phonetic analysis.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
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.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.
Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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- discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
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We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.
We also hold various online and virtual events.
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Questions about this course?
If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7388
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