Taught course

Speech Difficulties

University of Sheffield · Department of Human Communication Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant discipline such as speech and language therapy/pathology, linguistics, education or psychology.

A background in phonetics is necessary for some modules and experience working with clients with speech difficulties is an advantage.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc develops your knowledge of the most up-to-date approaches and theoretical and clinical issues in the field of developmental speech and literacy difficulties.

Course description

This course is designed for speech and language therapists/pathologists, linguists, psychologists and other professionals with a relevant background and special interest in Speech Sound Disorders and their link to literacy difficulties. You can study part-time by distance learning or full-time.

You’ll develop your knowledge and skills of evidence-based practice so that you can effectively support people with developmental speech and literacy difficulties.

You'll explore conditions such as phonological impairment or disorder, childhood apraxia of speech/developmental verbal dyspraxia and speech difficulties associated with cleft palate.

The MSc will provide you with an up-to-date understanding of the main theoretical and clinical issues and approaches in this field and the implications of these findings for clinical intervention.

What will you learn?

On this course you’ll develop your:

  • knowledge of current research into spoken and written language development and difficulties
  • understanding of the impact of Speech Sound Disorders on an individual in terms of school, home and social life, as well as employment and relationships
  • knowledge of a range of technical and research methods used in the investigation of speech and literacy difficulties and evaluation of subsequent intervention programmes
  • knowledge of current assessments and interventions for children with speech and literacy difficulties
  • competency in quantitative and qualitative research design and methods relevant to analysing and carrying out intervention for these disorders

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