Speech and Language Therapy
Department of Human Communication Sciences,
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
This course leads to a professional qualification to practice as a speech and language therapist. This enables the individual to work in a diverse range of settings and roles, from schools and hospitals to higher education and research.
The course is approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.
What will you learn?
You will investigate a range of subjects, including biomedical sciences, psychology, linguistics, communication and research methods. You will learn how to assess and manage a range of communication and swallowing disorders. Your skills will be put into practice through a series of clinical placements throughout the course. We’re one of only a few departments of our kind to run an in-house clinic. So as an MMedSci student at Sheffield, you’ll benefit from specialist facilities and training.
To maximise your clinical skills, you’ll go on placements in our clinic and in settings throughout Sheffield and surrounding areas.
The course follows six main themes:
- Communication – linguistics, psychology and how this relates to speech and language pathology.
- Participation and Society – how the study of sociology and social and health psychology impact on speech and language therapy.
- Research Methods – develop the research skills essential to providing evidence-based health care.
- Biomedical Sciences – anatomy, physiology, audiology and neurology, and how to link them to speech and language pathology.
- Key Clinical Topics – develop your professional competence.
- Professional Practice – put your skills to work for a range of clients with communication impairments.
The course provides an interactive learning experience involving active participation, case-based and inquiry-based learning and small group teaching with an overall emphasis on integrating theoretical knowledge with clinical expertise. Some practical teaching takes place in the University’s human pathology laboratories.
You will learn from a team of clinical and research specialists including speech and language therapists, psychologists, audiologists, linguists, information technologists, and medical practitioners. Throughout the course, you will be working closely with your peers and tutors in a supportive environment.
Assessment of your knowledge and skills uses a variety of methods. These include exams, coursework and evaluation of clinical work. Your dissertation comprises a research-based systematic review of a clinically relevant topic in the second year of the programme.
2 years full-time
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.
A 2:1 degree in any subject. Applicants with a 2:2 may be considered if their practical experience is particularly strong.
You must have work experience relevant to speech and language therapy.
If you are shortlisted, we’ll ask you to come to an interview.
DBS Disclosure and Health Screening
You must produce an enhanced DBS disclosure and complete a health screening before starting the course.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 8.0 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+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.