Taught course

Acquired Communication Disorders

University of Sheffield · Department of Human Communication Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject, eg speech and language therapy/pathology, linguistics, education or psychology

Months of entry


Course content

Examine the impacts of disorders on communication skills, including aphasia and dysarthria, and conditions such as dementia and traumatic brain injury, so that you can provide specialist support.

Course description

This course focuses on speech, language and communication difficulties associated with conditions such as aphasia, dysarthria, dementia and traumatic brain injury. It is taught both online, by distance learning, and via face to face lectures These are delivered in one and two-day study blocks and also available to access virtually. Students can attend in person or access learning online.

The course is designed to give you specialist knowledge and skills to support people with acquired speech, language and communication difficulties.

You will explore the latest research into acquired communication disorders, the most up-to-date assessment methods and interventions, and how to use evidence to inform your practice. You will cover impairment-focussed approaches to analysing acquired communication disorders, and topics in neuropsychology and psycholinguistics, as well as functional approaches and the influence of social factors.

The course is aimed at speech and language therapists or pathologists, as well as linguists, psychologists and other related professionals, such as those working with adults with acquired disorders. Alongside our full-time study options, we offer a range of part-time options so you can fit your studies around your other commitments.

Students on the PGDip and MSc programmes study a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, so they can keep up-to-date with the latest findings and use this to inform their practice. MSc students apply these skills to their own research project, which includes designing experiments, analysing data and reporting results.

This course does not lead to a qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist or pathologist.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 114 222 2405