Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/ MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

This course is for people with a relevant degree seeking to become a speech and language therapist. It is the only postgraduate preregistration course in speech and language therapy offered in Scotland.

The course will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and to practise as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.

 

Why QMU?

  • The course is the only postgraduate pre-registration course of its kind in Scotland.
  • The course is taught by an expert team of clinical practitioners, linguists and researchers. We have specialists in all key clinical areas.

 

Course overview

The course will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and to practise as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

As a speech and language therapist, you will assess, diagnose and treat children and adults with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties.

On this course you will undertake both theoretical and practical learning through a range of taught academic modules and supervised clinical placements.

Exit awards

PgDip (315 credits)/ MSc (315 credits plus a Research Dissertation)

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the PgDip or the full MSc, either of which will qualify you to work as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching will include a mix of lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, clinical placement experience, case study analysis and individual project work. Emphasis will be placed on integrating clinical and university-based learning opportunities and on independent study. Your performance will be assessed by a combination of assignments, examinations and practical assessments.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at placement is compulsory and your attendance at QMU-based modules is expected.

Classes will be spread over the whole week, except for placement days when you will be off campus. This is a full-time course, with the expectation that classes, independent study and placement together require 35 - 40 hours of dedicated time each week.

Class Sizes

We expect 25-35 students on the course each year.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

The course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and adheres to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists curriculum guidelines.

Modules

  • Foundations for Speech and Language Therapy
  • Linguistics 1: Introduction to Linguistics
  • Neurology for SLT and Audiology
  • Adult Acquired Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • Linguistics 2: Clinical Linguistics
  • Disorders of Speech and Fluency
  • Manual Handling
  • Dysphagia (Developmental and Acquired)
  • Within-Semester Clinical Placement 1
  • Professional Practice for SLT 1
  • Biological and behavioural Science for SLT: Typical Processes
  • Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication
  • Intellectual Disability, Physical and Sensory Impairment
  • Linguistics 3: Linguistic Processing and Variation
  • Within-Semester Clinical Placement 2
  • Motor Speech Disorder, Voice Disorder, Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Clinical Contexts
  • Within-Semester Clinical Placement 3
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Research Methods

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 18), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students. Please check this site for any updates.

Placements

  • Pre-clinical placements in nursery, primary and adult social care settings (12 days)
  • Placement 1 – Year One, Semester Two (10 days)
  • Placement 2 – Year One, Summer (17 days)
  • Placement 3 - Year Two, Semester 1 (10 days)
  • Placement 4 - Year Two, Semester 2 (10 days)
  • Placement 5 - Year Two, Summer (17 days)

All placements are organised by the clinical placement team. Semester placements take place across our local catchment area of Lothian, Borders, Fife, Forth Valley and Dundee. Summer placements mainly take place throughout Scotland, although it is sometimes possible for students to have a placement elsewhere in the UK or overseas.

Students are responsible for any travel or accommodation costs incurred during placements. Although every effort is made to arrange summer block placements to suit students’ circumstances, this is not always possible and students must be prepared to be flexible about placement location and timing.

Careers

Most graduates work within the NHS in community clinics, schools and hospitals. Some graduates have gained research posts and some have gone on to achieve higher degrees.

International applicants should be aware that full registration with the RCSLT entails completion of a probationary period of clinical practise in the UK after the successful completion of the degree. It may be necessary to confirm with the professional body in your home country that this qualification is recognised and that full registration in the UK will entitle you to practise in your home county.

Entry requirements

Upper second class degree/masters level degree in relevant subject (biology, psychology or linguistics) is required. Experience of working with people with speech or communication impairments, for example through professional or voluntary work or shadowing a speech and language therapist, is desirable.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 8.0 with no individual element below 7.5.

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Application deadline

14 December 2018

More information and contacts

Admissions or Siobhan Mack on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.

Please Note:


The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU and on practice placement
Duration
Full-time: 2 years (to attain PgDip) with an additional 12 months (part-time) or 6 months (full-time) to attain the MSc
Start Date
August 2019
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
SHS
Fees & Funding

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