Postgraduate Taught

MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

If you want to become a speech and language therapist, this course could open up a fascinating new career path for you. It is the only postgraduate pre-registration course in speech and language therapy offered in Scotland.

As a speech and language therapist you will provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties communicating and/or eating, drinking and swallowing. It can be a very varied and deeply rewarding career. This course will enable you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and to practise as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

Why QMU?

  • The course is the only postgraduate pre-registration course of its kind in Scotland.
  • You will be taught by an expert team of clinical practitioners, linguists and researchers.
  • Through our Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre, QMU has carried out pioneering work in the area of speech sciences. In the 2014 REF exercise (a UK-wide evaluation of research quality and impact) 92% of our research in speech and language was classed as world- leading or internationally excellent.

Course overview

On this course you will undertake both theoretical and practical learning through a range of taught academic modules, a research dissertation and practice-based learning experiences.

Exit awards

MSc (360 credits). 

This award confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Speech and Language Therapist.


You must complete the full MSc to be eligible to register with the HCPC and to work as a speech and language therapist. Single module study is not available. 

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching will include a mix of lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, practice-based learning, 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 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 also expected.

Classes may 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 to have 25-35 students on the course each year.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course is accredited by the HCPC and adheres to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Curriculum Guidance (RCSLT 2018) and Practice-based Learning Guidance (2021).


The programme incorporates four distinct but inter-woven strands: Professional Practice, Foundations for SLT, Speech and Language Pathology, and Research for SLT. These modules are completed in varying sequence across the two years of the programme.

  • Professional Practice: Practice-based Learning
  • Professional Practice: Competencies in Eating, Drinking and Swallowing
  • Professional Practice: Clinical and Professional Capabilities
  • Professional Practice: Applied Clinical Decision Making
  • Professional Practice: Delivering Services that Reflect Diversity
  • Professional Practice: Training and Leadership
  • Foundations for SLT: Biological and Medical Sciences
  • Foundations for SLT: Lifespan
  • Foundations for SLT: Introduction to Linguistics
  • Foundations for SLT: Speech and Language Analysis and Applications
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Acquired Language and Neurogenic Communication Impairments
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental and Acquired Dysphagia
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Speech Sound Disorders
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental Language Disorder
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental Disorders of Social Communication
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Organic Speech Impairments and Voice Disorder
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Physical, Sensory and Intellectual Impairment
  • Research for SLT: Understanding and Appraising the Evidence for Practice
  • Research for SLT: Applying Skills for Critical Enquiry

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (May 2021) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

Not available


The RCSLT curriculum guidance requires that, on completion of the programme, all students will have completed the following:

  • 100 sessions (50 days) of practice-based learning under the supervision of a registered SLT. 30 sessions (15 days) of which must be with paediatric client groups and 30 sessions of which must be with adult client groups.
  • 50 sessions (25 days) of clinically-related activity

Placements are organised by the Clinical Placement Team. Semester placements are typically for one or two days per week and students will be placed across our local catchment area within the Health Boards of Lothian, Borders, Fife, Forth Valley and Tayside.

Summer placements take place in both years of the programme and students are typically placed across the whole of Scotland. Students are responsible for any travel or accommodation costs incurred during placements. Although every effort is made to arrange placements to suit students’ circumstances, this is not always possible and students must be prepared to be flexible about placement location and timing.


Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. Most go on to work within the NHS across a range of settings including clinics, schools, hospitals and the community although an increasing number also take up appointments in private organisations. Some graduates have taken up research posts and some have gone on to study for higher degrees.

International applicants should be aware that students may have to undertake some additional study/examinations to be eligible for registration with the professional body in their own country.

Entry requirements

An upper second class degree or above is required Evidence of experience of working with/ caring for/supporting people with communication impairments, for example through professional or voluntary work, is essential. Applicants should be able to evidence that they understand the role of the SLT.

International: 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 or TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 118/120. More information about the Certificate of English Language Proficiency is on the Health and Care Profession's Council website.

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

Application deadline

Applications to the MSc in Speech and Language Therapy for September 2022 have now closed.

More information and contacts

Contact Admissions, Admissions Tutor, Sara Wood, or Programme Leader, Siobhan Mack

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Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.

Course Overview

At QMU and on placement
2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding