Taught course

Clinical Communication Studies

University of Sheffield · Department of Human Communication Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 2:1 in any subject. You must have work experience relevant to speech and language therapy. For detailed information about what we look for in applications, application deadlines and our shortlisting process, see our website. If you are shortlisted, we’ll ask you to come to an interview. You must produce an enhanced DBS disclosure and complete a health screening before starting the course.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course is recognised by the UK Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the UK Health and Care Professions Council. It gives you the training you need to take a professional qualification in speech and language therapy. You’ll learn how to assess and manage a range of communication and swallowing disorders. Your skills will be put into practice through a series of clinical placements throughout the course.

Your career

Your masters will give you the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Our MMedSci course provides the necessary training to meet the requirements of the UK Health and Care Professions Council which is the accreditation body for UK speech and language therapy. Our other courses provide professional development training. They can also lead to careers in university teaching and research.

How we teach

We have a reputation for high quality research in the field of human communication and its disorders. That research informs our teaching. We offer professional training for students who are considering speech and language therapy as a career. If you’re interested in a research career, we can prepare you for a PhD.

We also run professional development courses for students already working in the field, so you can study alongside your current job. We have links with the NHS, special schools and specialist charities to ensure that what we teach you is in line with current developments in the field.

We work with other departments across the University including the School of Education, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Computer Science and the School of English Language and Linguistics.

Different ways to study

Our MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies is an intensive, full-time course lasting two calendar years. It includes lectures, seminars and clinical placements.

Our other postgraduate courses are available part-time or full-time. They’re a mix of online learning and blocks of intensive study in Sheffield. We work with you to develop your own interests through optional modules and a choice of dissertation topics.

Criminal records disclosure

The MMedSci Clinical Communications requires a UK criminal records disclosure from the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is not a requirement for any other course unless you want to take part in clinical observations. If you are unsure whether you need one, please contact us for advice.

Course content

The course follows six main themes:

  1. Communication – linguistics, psychology and how this relates to speech and language pathology.
  2. Participation and Society – how the study of sociology and social and health psychology impact on speech and language therapy.
  3. Research – develop the research skills essential to providing evidence-based health care.
  4. Biomedical Sciences – anatomy, physiology, audiology and neurology, and how to link them to speech and language pathology.
  5. Key Clinical Skills – develop your professional competence.
  6. Clinical Placement – put your skills to work for a range of clients with communication impairments.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning and interaction via MOLE, a University online learning environment. Some practical teaching takes place in the University’s human pathology laboratories. Assessment is by exams, coursework and evaluation of clinical work. You’ll complete a research-based systematic review of a clinically relevant topic in the second year of the programme.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 8.0 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 2405