Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences

We aim to achieve a balance by taking our cutting-edge, world-leading research and helping to make it actually count in the real world. Clinical technologies and other products of research are increasingly in use in clinical environments, but we always want to help you do more, and to tailor our research priorities accordingly. Everyone deserves the opportunity to communicate.

The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers degree and diploma courses leading to a professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy or Audiology. We have an excellent record of employment for our graduates, and of research excellence, which benefits those of our graduates who move on to a clinical career as well as those who undertake postgraduate study or employment in research. See more about the undergraduate and postgraduate courses we offer.

Our research looks at speech, hearing and language disorders in a wide range of client groups, and in the non-clinical population. See the Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre for full details. Potential research students (MSc, PhD, Professional Doctorate) should take a look at the research projects on the right hand side of this page as well as more general information on research degrees.

We have clinics equipped with CCTV (television), which can be used for demonstration and clinical research purposes. These enable our students to be involved in clinical training, practice and research on-site. There is also a Speech Research Laboratory with a wide range of equipment dedicated to the analysis of speech and disorders of communication. The Speech Research Laboratory is an internationally-recognised centre for research into both normal and disordered speech. These state-of-the art facilities and equipment are also available for teaching.

QMU is one of only 18 universities in the UK offering a recognised degree course towards a career in Speech and Language Therapy. See the RCSLT site

Along with our colleagues in Speech and Language Therapy we offer a unique range of programmes in Audiology. At QMU we have an excellent team of teaching staff from a variety of backgrounds, all passionate about Audiology. As well as teaching, staff are actively involved in Audiology in many capacities - advisory roles for National Quality Standards, a wide variety of research studies, assisting professional regulatory bodies and have links with many organisations working for deaf and hearing impaired adults and children.

** Postgraduate modules in Advanced BSL/English Interpreting **

We have recently developed online modules as detailed below:

Theory and Practice of Interpreting 1, and Theory and Practice of Interpreting 2.

These modules will be suitable for experienced practitioners who have been through academic training in the past, as well as those who may have joined the profession via vocational routes. All modules will aim to engage interpreters to reflect more critically about their work and relate professional practice to evidence-based research. These modules will be appropriate for CPD purposes, with each module equating to approximately 150 hours of study, comprising formal lectures, group discussions, self-study, and the completion of an assignment.

These modules are due to come online in September 2017, with further related modules planned to be introduced over the next few years. 

You can register for regular updates about the development of these CPD opportunities by emailing  interpreting@qmu.ac.uk or can contact Dr Ben Matthews  bmatthews@qmu.ac.uk or Dr Rachel Mapson  rmapson@qmu.ac.uk for further information.

Phonetic and Phonological Systems Analysis
Intensive Communication Group for people with Aphasia Project

Head of Division

Professor Janet Beck
Tel: 0131 474 0000

Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
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