Postgraduate courses in Acquired Communication Disorders - MSc PG Certificate PG Diplomaacd image

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

Course duration:
1 year full-time
2/3 years part-time (by distance learning)

Postgraduate Diploma
1 year full-time
2 years part-time (by distance learning)

Postgraudate Certificate
1 year part-time (by distance learning)

Why choose Acquired Communication Disorders 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 acquired speech, language and communication difficulties. Client groups considered will include those with aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia and also the cognitive-communication impairments associated with dementia and traumatic brain injury. 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. acd imageStudents can begin with the PG Certificate and transfer to the PG Diploma or MSc.

Please note: 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:

  • an understanding of current research and recent clinical developments within acquired speech and language disorders including aphasia, dysarthria, and the communication difficulties associated with dementia and traumatic brain injury
  • an understanding of both impairment-focused analytic approaches to these disorders including neuropsychological and psycho-linguistic perspectives, and functional approaches, including communicative, psychosocial and interactional perspectives
  • knowledge of current intervention methods in the treatment of acquired communication disorders which draw on both impairment-focused and functionally-focused approaches
  • competency in quantitative and qualitative research design and methods relevant to analysing and carrying out intervention for these disorders


For the Post-Graduate Certificate, students will take:

  • Acquired Language Disorders
  • Acquired Speech Disorders
  • Methods in Clinical Linguistics
  • Developing an Evidence Base for Practice

For the Post-Graduate Diploma: in addition to the above, students will also take:

  • Research Methods A
  • Research Methods B (for MSc students and for PG Dip students wishing to progress to the MSc)
  • and two option modules

For the MSc, in addition to the above, students will also undertake a dissertation

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Assessment methods

All modules are assessed by written work.

Teaching Methods

  • Online course material
  • Study block attendance with lectures, tutorials and practical workshops

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.

Teaching Staff

Key teaching staff will include:

Professor Ray Wilkinson

Professor Sandra Whiteside

Dr Ruth Herbert

Dr Catherine Tattersall

And other staff members from The Department of Human Communication Sciences:

What our students say about our courses

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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.

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 applicants with disabilities you can find a range of useful information at the University of Sheffield's Disability & Dyslexia Support Service.
For further information The Health and Care Professions Council produce a publication called Health, disability and becoming a health care professional.

For more information

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

HCS Admissions:; T: +44 (0)114 222 2405
Or: Professor Ray Wilkinson (Programme Lead):