The University of Sheffield
Department of Human Communication Sciences

Postgraduate courses in Speech Difficulties: PG Certificate/ PG Diploma/ MSc


Study mode: Either Full Time OR Part Time by Distance Learning

Duration: Full-time - MSc / PGDip 1 year; Part-time - PGCert 1 year; PGDip 2 years; MSc 2 or 3 years

Why choose Speech Difficulties at Sheffield?

This programme is for speech and language therapists and other graduates from the UK and Overseas who have a relevant undergraduate degree. The programme is designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in evidence-based working with a range of clients with developmental speech and literacy difficulties. Client groups considered will include those with phonological impairment / disorder; childhood apraxia of speech / developmental verbal dyspraxia; dysarthria. There is a range of clinical observation opportunities with speech and language therapy clients (adults and children), made available through the Department of Human Communication Sciences.
With a strong research training component, the MSc provides an excellent foundation for later MPhil/PhD study. Students can begin with the PG Certificate and transfer to the PG Diploma or MSc.

This programme does NOT provide a professionally accredited qualification in speech and language therapy.

Programme Outline

The course is offered on a full time or part time basis, over the full calendar year.
Students can enrol on the PG Certificate (60 credits), PG Diploma (120 credits) or MSc (180 credits). Students may transfer from one course to the other in the summer of each year.

Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to develop:


PG Certificate / PG Diploma / MSc

PG Diploma / MSc, in addition

MSc, in addition

More details of the course structure and curriculum are available here

It is also possible to study a single modules. For more information see here

Assessment methods

All modules are assessed by written work.

Teaching Methods

4 study blocks of 2 or 3 days are held throughout the year. Attendance at study blocks is normally compulsory. However, students who are based out of the UK, or who have special circumstances, may be exempted.

Key Teaching Staff

The following staff contribute to teaching on this programme: Dr Silke Fricke, Professor Sara Howard, Professor Joy Stackhouse, Dr Jenny Thomson, Professor Bill Wells.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a good BA or BSc degree (1st class, upper 2nd or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as Speech and Language Therapy/Pathology, Linguistics, Education, Psychology or Computer Sciences. A background in phonetics is necessary for some modules.

For students who do not have English as a first language, the English language requirement is an IELTS average score of 7 with no component less than 6, or the equivalent.

Fees and Funding

More information about fees is available here

Funding is available for employees of the NHS in Yorkshire and the Humber and East Midlands. Please contact for more details of how to obtain this funding or for information on other possible sources of funding.

Funding for international students.
There are scholarships available for some nonUK, nonEU students who are studying either full-time or part-time masters programmes at Sheffield.
For more information go to: and look at information for your country.

Closing Date for applications

The course commences in mid-September of each year.
Applications will usually be considered up until 31st July in each year.

How to apply

You can apply online here

For more information contact

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
T: +44 (0)114 222 2405