Research course

Clinical Linguistics and Evidence Based Practice (Research)

Newcastle University · School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
MSc by researchPGDip by research

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area, such as linguistics, psychology or 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 North East Doctoral Training Centre.

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.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 8 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip by research

part time
16 months
full time
8 months

Course contact details

Vivienne Sturgiss, Programme Secretary, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
+44 (0) 191 208 7388