Taught course

Language Pathology

Newcastle University · School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

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.

Important information for students

Students undertaking a Speech and Language Science degree have unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults. The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences must ensure students undergo an enhanced DBS check to confirm they are fit to practise.

The School reserves the right to discontinue the studies of any student who receives an unsatisfactory DBS disclosure.

Visit the UK Government's website for more DBS information

What we are looking for in applicants

You will need the following to study this degree:

  • excellent spoken and written communication and organisational skills
  • to be able to work in a physically demanding environment (eg. on clinical placement)
  • emotional resilience when helping people who find it hard to communicate
  • to be personally attuned to the NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.

You will be asked to undertake Occupational Health checks prior to the course. Find out more about how health conditions and disabilities may affect your studies and the support that will be available:

Find out more about the NHS constitution

Find out more about applying to Speech and Language Sciences

Find out more about health and disability and becoming a health care professional.

Months of entry


Course content

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.
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.
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.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Accredited by the Health Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists of Great Britain and aims to train professionally qualified speech and language therapists. Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with Health Professions Council; this registration is obligatory for practise in the UK,

Course contact details

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