2019 start
MSc PG Certificate PG Diploma

Language and Communication Impairment in Children

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.
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Course description

This course is for teachers, speech and language therapists, and other professionals working with children with special educational needs. You’ll develop your understanding of speech, language and communication and build on your existing skills.

The course is delivered online, by distance learning, so you can gain a specialist qualification without having to leave your current job.

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Modules

Core modules

PGCert, PGDip and MSc:

  • Children’s Learning
  • Language and Communication
  • Spoken and Written Language
  • Developing an Evidence Basefor Practice

PGDip and MSc:

  • Research Methods A
  • Research Methods B (optional for PGDip)

Optional modules

Optional modules for PGDip and MSc levels only may include:

  • Communication Diversity and Difficulties
  • Literacy: Difficulties and Intervention
  • Case Study; Research Methods B
  • Speech Difficulties

For Communication Diversity and Difficulties, you can choose up to two specialist topics for assessment, such as: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Language and Behaviour
  • Language and Environment
  • Literacy Difficulties
  • Early Years
  • Adolescence
  • Multilingual Contexts

Teaching

We provide material online for weekly study across the full calendar year. There are two or three (optional) study weekends per year in Sheffield.

Essential reading material is available electronically. Online activities support your study and build links with tutors and other students.

Assessment

Modules are normally assessed by written assignments.

MSc students are also assessed on their research dissertation.

Duration

MSc: 2 or 3 years part-time by distance learning
Postgraduate Diploma: 2 years part-time by distance learning
Postgraduate Certificate: 1 year part-time by distance learning

Entry requirements

For the MSc: Minimum 2:1 honours degree and two years’ relevant work experience with children.

For the PGCert/PGDip: A degree-level professional qualification, or a first degree, plus at least two years’ experience of working with children.

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

Dr Jenny Thomson

My research investigates how children’s language and literacy develops and what happens when that process goes wrong. A particular interest is the impact of digital technology on development. My research and teaching constantly enrich each other.

Dr Jenny Thomson
Teaches on: PG Cert/Diploma/MSc Speech Difficulties; PG Cert/Diploma/MSc Language and Communication in Children

 

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

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Contact

hcs-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2405

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.