Postgraduate Certificate Cleft Palate Studies

Department of Human Communication Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Develop your career with a postgraduate qualification from one of the UK's leading centres for research in this field.

We understand how important it is for you to keep developing and improving the service you provide. We also know how hard it can be, as a busy professional, to commit to a full-time course.

Our roster of flexible, online courses is constantly developing to stay in line with the demands of your job. Everything we teach is based on the very latest world-leading research.

About the course

This part-time, one-year course is designed for speech and language therapists/pathologists and others seeking to develop specialist knowledge and skills in the area of cleft and lip palate and related communication impairments.

There are a few optional study sessions at the University but the rest of the course is taught online. You will have regular contact with your tutors via email.

Some of the world's leading researchers teach on the course. We also invite specialist guest lecturers to share their insight with our students. We have strong links with the NHS, special schools and specialist charities.

Course content

  • Cleft Palate: speech production and multidisciplinary care
  • Cleft Palate: speech assessment
  • Cleft Palate: intervention and service delivery
  • Developing an evidence base for practice


The course is taught by a combination of online material and four study blocks, each lasting two and a half days. These take place at regular intervals throughout the academic year between October and May.


Each module is assessed by a written assignment.

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Laura Hayes, Student in the Department of human communication sciences

I'm really interested in working with people with communication difficulties. I love the medical aspect of my course, especially getting to see real structures in the dissection room. It helps it all make sense.

Laura Hayes, postgraduate student in Department of Human Communication Sciences

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year part-time by distance learning
  • Postgraduate Diploma and MSc courses in Cleft and Speech are also available

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 degree in speech and language therapy or a related discipline, such as lnguistics, psychology or computer sciences. A knowledge of phonetics is necessary for some modules.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Contact the department for the latest fee information for this course.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

About the course

Gain an in-depth knowledge of the impact of cleft and speech difficulties on an individual across the lifespan. This course is for speech and language therapists and others who want to develop a specialism. You'll develop your understanding of current research into the nature of speech development and difficulties as a basis for further specialism and postgraduate study.

Your career

Our courses provide professional development training or can lead to careers in university teaching and research.

Criminal records disclosure

A UK criminal records disclosure from the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not a requirement for this course unless you want to take part in clinical observations. If you are unsure whether you need one, please contact the department for advice.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 2405