NB Application for September 2023 entry is now closed. Application for September 2024 entry will open at the start of October 2023.

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Speech and Language Therapy: Pre-Registration - MSc

If you are a graduate, this MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration) course could open that up a fascinating new career path for you.

As a speech and language therapist you will provide life-changing treatment, support and care for people who have difficulties communicating and/or eating, drinking and swallowing. It can be a very varied and deeply rewarding career.

On completion, you will be able to apply for registration with the Health & 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. 

This is a two-year full-time, campus-based course that includes practice placements that are invaluable to your learning. 

Why QMU?

  • Unique in Scotland: The course is the only postgraduate pre-registration course of its kind in Scotland.
  • Placements: Your practice placements are an invaluable way of consolidating the theoretical knowledge you learn from weekly teaching, experiential opportunities and small group tutorials. Placements across Scotland offer a variety of urban and rural Speech and Language Therapy experience across a range of Health Boards.
  • Innovation: We provide innovative on-campus clinical learning opportunities, such as Peer-Enhanced Electronic Placements and our research has a focus on the use of innovative technologies
  • Professional registration: The course is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council  and confers eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a speech and language therapist. It adheres to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Curriculum Guidance (RCSLT 2018) and Practice-based Learning Guidance (2021).
  • Professional links: We have active links with our professional body, The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists 
  • Student society: QMU has an active Speech and Language Therapy Student Society (@qmusltsociety)

Speech and Language Therapy: Pre-Registration (MSc): More information and what you will achieve

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.

The course 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 course.

How will I be taught?

Structure and exit awards

You must complete the full MSc (360 credits) to be eligible to register with the Health & Care Professions Council as a speech and language therapist.

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.


The RCSLT curriculum guidance requires that, on completion of the course, all students 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 course and students are typically placed across the whole of Scotland. 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. Students are responsible for any travel and accommodation costs associated with their placements.

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.

Teaching staff

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.


The following modules are completed in varying sequence across the two years of the course:

  • 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

NB The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2022) 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.

Career opportunities

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.

Speech and Language Therapy: Pre-Registration (MSc): Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or above (or equivalent) 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 Health & Care Professions Council website.

If you are not a national of a UKVI majority English speaking country, an English language test will be required.   For a list of UKVI majority English speaking countries please see here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-english-language

Other requirements

A satisfactory criminal records check from the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, an occupational health check and personal indemnity insurance (normally through membership of the professional body) are required.

Other information

  • The cost of the PVG check (£18 or £59 depending on the level of clearance required*) and the professional indemnity insurance are the responsibility of the student. Currently the cost of the health check is funded by the Scottish Government for Scottish students only and other students are responsible for this cost. This is however subject to change should the Scottish Government change their funding policy.
  • The additional costs associated with placement travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the student. 

*Please note that cost is subject to change.

Applying for this course

Application is currently closed for this course for the September 2023 intake.

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

More information and QMU contacts

Please note that this is a two-year full-time, campus-based course. It is not possible to undertake it on a part-time or distance-learning basis.

If you have any queries about the course, do contact SLT Admissions or contact Admissions (QMU's general admissions team).


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Course Overview

On campus at QMU and on placement
2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2023
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding
SCQF Level

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