Research course

Communication Disorders

The University of Manchester · School of Psychological Sciences

Entry requirements

For the award of MPhil in Communication Disorders, applicants are expected to hold an honours degree in speech and language therapy or a related subject (e.g. Psychology or Linguistics) at a minimum 2:1 or international equivalent. Applicants should also have a proven interest in communication disorders. Applicants holding a Masters degree in a relevant subject are particularly encouraged to apply. For an assessment of individual entry qualifications, candidates should contact the School of Psychological Sciences directly.International Students: All International students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

Research training within the School of Psychological Sciences provides a flexible platform for career development whilst offering structured progression to ensure study objectives are met. MPhil Students will quickly be immersed in current research activity being conducted. Within the wider research group, students will have the opportunity to discuss their research with fellow students, post-doctoral candidates and academics. Research Group seminars and journal clubs will provide background to recent developments within the discipline and there will be ample opportunity to share personal research findings, contribute to publications and attend/present at prominent conferences.

PhD entry

In the majority of cases, an MPhil degree is undertaken by candidates seeking eventual entry onto the PhD. Successful completion of the MPhil year, following the assessment of a transfer report and viva, permit progression to PhD which would then involve 2-3 years of further research before submission for the degree of PhD. Candidates will often be recommended to register for the degree of MPhil due to the policy of the admitting School, or due to the nature of the research if the supervisory team do not feel the study warrants three-years of scholarship. Alternatively, candidates often register onto the MPhil due to restrictions of funding guarantees beyond the initial year, which if resolved would facilitate transfer to the PhD at a later date.


Progression is agreed in line with the MPhil supervisory team, and key milestones are established so candidates can monitor their own development. In addition to regular meetings with supervisors, the School of Psychological Sciences hosts a dedicated postgraduate research committee with PGR Tutors and Trainers who can provide further advice and guidance. All MPhil and PhD students are also active members of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences Postgraduate Training Programme , which provides transferrable skills training in research methodology, critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics etc.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Laura Houseman
+44 (0)161 306 0404