Undergraduate

Master of Speech and Language Therapy (MSpeech)*

This new four year integrated master’s course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you need to start a rewarding career as a speech and language therapist. You’ll learn the theory of speech and language therapy, and placements will immerse you in a variety of clinical environments. We are passionate about original research and you’ll have the chance to specialise in an area that inspires you. 

Our ability to communicate with others is a vital part of who we are as individuals, and how we fit in with society. Speech and language therapists play a vital role in assessing and treating people who have communication and swallowing difficulties, both developmental and acquired. Clients can be of all ages, from newborn to the elderly. If you are passionate about applying scientific principles to support communication and want to make a difference to others’ lives, we can help you forge a fascinating career.

*Subject to validation 

See the foot of the page for some student case studies/ staff profiles.

 

 

Why QMU?

  • Our classes are small compared with some other universities, so you will enjoy more personal support and guidance from lecturers.
  • Your learning will be boosted by input from experienced speech and language therapists working in the NHS and independent sectors.
  • Learning from our research-active team, you’ll be fully involved in relevant research.
  • QMU is internationally renowned for its research in speech and language.

About the course

On this course, you will develop a strong theoretical understanding of speech and language therapy through modules in linguistics, psychology, biological and medical sciences, and research methods. Regular clinical placements will build your practical skills.

Year One will provide a grounding in development across the lifespan in the areas of physical sciences, linguistics and psychology. To facilitate your transition into university there will be a focus on academic writing and how to access appropriate information. You will develop knowledge and apply it at observational placements in local early years settings and primary schools and with older people, usually in a social care setting.

Year Two focuses predominantly on childhood and developmental speech, language and communication disorders. You will continue to build your knowledge in physical sciences, linguistics, psychology and research methods with increased application to clinical areas. You will develop your clinical skills though weekly placements in local clinics in Semester One and a block placement at the end of Year Two.

Year Three will provide an opportunity to develop research and critical thinking skills. You will enhance your clinical decision making skills (assessment/goal setting/management planning/outcome evaluation) through case studies and in-class discussions. You will focus on disorders of communication acquired in adulthood and related to sensory, cognitive and physical impairments. You will explore different areas of practice through clinical masterclasses. You will continue to link theory to practice as you attend clinical placements during the semesters.

Year Four will provide the opportunity to enhance, consolidate and reflect on your learning to date. You will continue to develop your skills in research, professional development, and current and advanced clinical skills enabling a smooth transition to working life. You will explore leadership skills and gain an understanding of key skills for collaboration and training. You will complete your academic learning by undertaking an appropriate and focused research dissertation. This year includes 20 days of clinical placement.

We aim for all of our graduates to be confident in their own professional identity and have the additional skills that will allow you to work as an effective multidisciplinary team member. This is the reason why we have implemented an interprofessional focus within all of our healthcare courses; including this one. 

Structure

This is a four year integrated undergraduate master’s course. Students commence the course with a view to graduating with a master’s degree in four years. Students have the opportunity to transfer at the end of Year Two to a BSc (Hons) route. On successful completion of either four year route, students will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a speech and language therapist.

Teaching, learning and assessment

 You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a range of assessments throughout the course.

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available. 

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Modules

The course is currently in development and exact modules names cannot be confirmed at the time of posting (Feb 2020). Please check back here for any updates following validation in early 2020.

Placements

Placements help you integrate practice with theory by letting you work directly with patients and qualified staff. You’ll be placed in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools and clinics to ensure you gain a range of experience. Clinical placements occur weekly in Semester One of Year Two and weekly through both semesters in Years Three and Four. You’ll also attend a block placement in the summer period between Years Two and Three. This placement is typically completed within a four-week period somewhere in Scotland. The summer clinical placement can sometimes be organised overseas. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on the course. 

Exchange opportunities

N/A

Careers

As a graduate in speech and language therapy your career prospects are generally excellent. Many of our graduates work within the NHS in community clinics, hospitals and schools across the UK. Some graduates have travelled to work abroad, chosen to study further or taken up research posts.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard: AABBB, Minimum: ABBBB

A Level: AAB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

International: IELTS of 7.5 with no element lower than 7.0

Required subjects: At least one of the following subjects at Higher/ A Level or equivalent: Biology, Chemistry,

Physics, Psychology or Maths. In addition English and Maths at Nat 5/ GCSE (B) (Equivalent to the O3 or H4 in the Irish Leaving Certificate).

Mature/ Access: Related Access course – see our website for details at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications
Applicants with Access qualifications must demonstrate a strong academic profile. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.

Associate student places

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

This course meets the professional standards of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is accredited by the HCPC. Successful completion enables application for registration with the HCPC as a speech and language therapist, which is a requirement for employment in the UK.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

Please Note:

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

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Duration
4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
SHS
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
B630

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A Student Story - more at foot of page

- BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy "The highlight of my course so far has no doubt been the placements I’ve been on. The different exposure to a range of clients has provided me with an insight into the health system, the different service users and the positive impact I will potentially have on individuals." Read my story