Taught course

Language and Communication Impairment in Children

University of Sheffield · Department of Human Communication Sciences

Entry requirements

For the PGCert/PGDip: an undergraduate degree or a degree-level professional qualification, plus at least two years of experience of working with children.

For the MSc: minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree and two years of relevant work experience with children.

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

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

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to give you specialist knowledge of language development and communication difficulties, and enable you to support the children you work with, whether it’s in a classroom or a clinic. It is taught mostly online, by distance learning, although you will also learn in person during lectures, delivered in one and two day study blocks.

You will study how children’s language develops, the links between speaking and writing, and the relationship between language and learning. There is also training on how to use evidence to inform your practice. PGDip and MSc students can explore methods of assessing, investigating and managing speech and language difficulties, and focus on specialist topics such as autism spectrum disorders or communication in adolescence.

The course is aimed at teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children and their speech, language and communication. 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 may include 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.

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
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 2405