Postgraduate Certificate in Cleft Palate Studies (Masters Level)

This course will not be accepting new applicants after 2016-17.

If you are interested in studying cleft palate speech with us from September 2017 onwards, two cleft palate modules will be available that can be studied as stand-alone modules, or combined with two other modules from our speech difficulties programme for completion of a PG Certificate in Speech Difficulties (changes subject to final faculty approval). Please come back to our website in the Spring of 2017 for more details, or contact our admissions secretary to be kept updated (

Study mode: Part Time by Distance Learning.

Duration: 1 Year

Why choose Cleft Palate Studies at Sheffield?

The PG Certificate in Cleft Palate Studies is the only programme of its kind in the UK. It provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the impact of a cleft lip and/or palate on an individual across the lifespan. It pays particular attention to the impairments of speech, language and communication associated with a cleft and to theoretical and practical approaches to their assessment and management. As such the programme is suitable not only for speech and language therapists who specialise (or wish to develop a specialism in) the area of cleft lip and palate, but also for graduates of other disciplines (including linguistics, psychology, education, and the biomedical sciences) who have a particular interest in the area. It is an inherently multi-disciplinary programme, taught by experts in the fields of speech and language pathology, phonetics and linguistics, psychology, education, medicine, dentistry and professions allied to medicine.

Programme Outline

The course is offered part time, over the full calendar year.
It is a PG Certificate (60 credits).

Aims and Objectives

The programme has the following aims:

  • to foster in students a comprehensive, detailed and in-depth understanding of cleft lip and palate, and its impact on an individual within social, educational and health contexts
  • to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to observe and analyse human behaviours associated with cleft lip and palate
  • to provide the educational base for professional work in the field of cleft lip and palate care
  • to equip students with the academic and professional skills needed to foster a positive attitude towards lifelong learning


  • Cleft Palate: Speech Production and Multidisciplinary Care
  • Cleft Palate: Speech Assessment
  • Cleft Palate: Intervention & Service Provision
  • Developing an Evidence Base for Practice

More details of the course structure and curriculum are available in the course outline here
Modules are also available for individual study. For more information click here

More details of the course structure and curriculum are available in the course outline here
Modules are also available for individual study. For more information click here

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 outside of the UK, or who have special circumstances, may be able to be exempted.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants to the programme will normally have a first class or upper second degree in speech and language therapy or a related discipline (for example, linguistics, psychology, education). It would be helpful, although it is not compulsory, to also have some clinical/professional experience working with individuals with a cleft lip/palate.

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 Yorkshire and the Humber and East Midlands NHS.

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

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

HCS Admissions:; T: +44 (0)114 222 2405