Taught course

Speech and Language Therapy

University of Reading · Department of Clinical Language Sciences

Entry requirements

Due to the popularity of this programme and the restricted numbers we are able to accept, we recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that all applicants must have been awarded their undergraduate degree before the application deadline.

The deadlines for applications are:

  • Home/EU students: midnight, 1 April 2020 (for entry in September 2020)
  • International students: midnight, 1 May 2020 (for entry in September 2020)

You are normally required to have a good first- or upper second-class (2:1) honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a related field such as linguistics, psychology, medical sciences or education. Evidence of recent study is normally required if the first degree was completed more than four years previously. A complete application, including at least one reference, must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for entry to the next intake.

Additional entry requirements

You will need to demonstrate knowledge of the values of the NHS values NHS Constitution. Candidates from the UK will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, arranged through the University. All non-UK candidates need to provide a certificate of no criminal convictions – provided by their own police force before entering the UK. Candidates also complete a declaration of health and evidence is required of up-to-date hepatitis B and tuberculosis vaccinations.

Months of entry


Course content

​Accredited by the Health Care Professionals Council, with a purpose-built NHS clinic on-site, the MSc Speech and Language Therapy is for students wishing to qualify as speech and language therapists.

This course combines theoretical knowledge with clinical practice and you will gain hands-on experience right from the start.

All candidates must have had extensive work experience with a speech and language therapist or with clients with communication difficulties, both children and adults, and you must have a good understanding of the role of a speech and language therapist.

As a speech and language therapy student at Reading, you will benefit directly from our world-class research into subjects, such as linguistics, language development, language pathology, and bilingualism. Other areas of specialism comprise developmental and acquired speech, language and communication disorders, including fluency disorders, aphasia, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, Specific Language Impairment and dysphagia.

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, including standard lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, observation clinics, problem based learning, ‘flipped’ classroom, and practical sessions.

As part of the programme, you will undertake a clinical placement and spend approximately 600 hours over 2 years in different clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, community clinics, private and voluntary sector. Professional speech and language therapists will act as your placement educators.

You will have access to excellent built-in clinic facilities for observations, teaching, placement and research, as well as a speech laboratory, extensive assessment library, student common room, University library, state-of-the art lecture theatres. We are also also one of the first universities to host an NHS clinic in our purpose-built speech and language therapy facility on site.

This programme is recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Information for international students

IELTS: 8.0 overall with no element less than 7.5

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,717* per year (*please note this fee may be subject to change)
International students
£20,310 per year

The Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed that from August 2018 new students on pre-registration master's programmes will be eligible for tuition fee loan and maintenance loans via Student Finance England for both years of the programme. This applies even if you have already taken out loans for a previous undergraduate degree.

To support you in your pre-registration MSc Speech and Language Therapy here at the University of Reading, you will also be able to access the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

You will need to ensure you check the NHS site regularly to keep up to date with what is being offered.

In addition, the Learning Support Fund offers additional funding for some students, due to the MSc Speech and Language Therapy compulsory clinical placements. For example, non repayable loans if you have child dependants. Please look on the website above for further information.

The Maintenance loan

Eligibility for the Maintenance loan is a means tested loan.

Students on the MSc Speech and Language Therapy programme may also be eligible for the Long Courses Loan, as the course is longer than 30 weeks.

This will be assessed by Student Finance England when the student applies for their main student finance.

See the Funding Clinic website for further information when applying as a mature student.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team