Taught course

Speech Difficulties

Institution
University of Sheffield · Department of Human Communication Sciences
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline such as speech and language therapy/ pathology, linguistics, education, psychology or computer sciences. A background in phonetics is necessary for some modules and experience of working with clients with speech difficulties is an advantage.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

Develop your knowledge and skills of working with clients with developmental speech and literacy difficulties. This course is designed for speech and language therapists, and other professionals with a special interest in communication difficulties. You can study part-time by distance learning or full-time.

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.

Core modules

PGCert

Spoken and Written Language; Developing an Evidence-Based Practice; Speech Difficulties I: nature and investigation; Speech Difficulties II: intervention and management.

PGDip

Same four modules as for the PGCert; Research Methods; Two option modules.

MSc

Same four modules as for the PGCert; Spoken and Written Language; Developmental Speech Difficulties: Nature and Investigation; Developmental Speech Difficulties: Intervention and Management; Developing an Evidence Base for Practice; Research Methods; Two optional modules; Research Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Developmental Language and Communication Disorders (single or double option); Special Topics in Human Communication Sciences (two option modules); Cleft Palate (single or double option); Methods in Clinical Linguistics; Acquired Language Disorders; Acquired Speech Disorders.

Part-time students study online via distance learning plus optional attendance at the study blocks. Full-time students may also attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops offered in the department.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by a written assignment. Masters students are also assessed on their research dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

distance learning
12 FT/24 or 36 PT months

PGDip

distance learning
12 FT/24 PT months

PGCert

distance learning
12 PT months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email
hcs-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)114 222 2405