Taught course

Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Health Professionals

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent).

Additional requirements

IELTS (Academic module) 7.5 with no element below 7.0 (if appropriate)

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required for all students. This will be completed through the university prior to enrolment.

Months of entry


Course content

This is an accelerated, extended two-year course that reflects the values of the NHS constitution and is aimed at graduates who wish to prepare for practice as a speech and language therapist.

It runs over two years (45 weeks per year), and we usually focus on teaching you theory across the first year. This helps you to develop your knowledge of speech and language, and how it applies in the practice setting.

You’ll study topics including early language delay, traumatic brain injury, and difficulties swallowing (dysphagia). You’ll also explore areas such as autism and fluency, phonological delay and disorder, and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

Practical sessions are an important part of this course and you’ll learn how to use intervention materials, assessments, and specialist computer programmes. We have a team of technicians to help you master this equipment and you’ll use these skills on your clinical placements.

The second year of our course tends to focus on placements and your dissertation, as well as continuing your theoretical education. You’ll typically spend about 580 hours on placements during the two years of this course, working in settings including hospitals, schools and clinics across the North West.

Some of the placements you might experience include a special educational needs (SEN) provision in a secondary school, children with autism in a residential complex, and adults recovering from strokes in hospital.

Past dissertation topics have included research projects investigating midwives’ experiences of multi-disciplinary working with speech and language therapists, investigating staff experiences of managing children’s swallowing difficulties in a school setting and, investigating support workers’ understanding of supporting speech, language and communication.

As a graduate, you’re eligible for professional registration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
0161 247 6969