2019 start
PG Certificate
PG Diploma

Speech Difficulties

Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

This course develops your knowledge of evidence-based practice and gives you the chance to work with clients who have developmental speech and literacy difficulties.
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Course description

This course is designed for speech and language therapists, and other professionals with a special interest in communication difficulties. You can study part-time by distance learning or full-time.

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Core modules


  • Spoken and Written Language
  • Developing an Evidence-Base for Practice
  • Speech Difficulties 1: Nature and Investigation
  • Speech Difficulties II: Intervention and Management

Cleft Palate Pathway:

  • Assessing and analysing cleft palate speech
  • Intervention with cleft palate speech
  • Developing an Evidence Base for Practice
  • One additional core module

PGDip and MSc

  • Same four modules as for the PGCert (standard or cleft palate pathway)
  • Research Methods A
  • Research Methods B (optional for PGDip)

Optional modules

Examples of optional modules for PGDip and MSc levels only:

  • Communication Diversity and Difficulties
  • Methods in Clinical Linguistics
  • Cleft Palate (for standard pathway students)
  • Literacy: Difficulties and Intervention
  • MSc students also complete a dissertation


Part-time students study online via distance learning plus optional attendance at study blocks lasting 2-3 days. These take place at regular intervals throughout the academic year. Full-time students may also attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops offered in the department.


Each module is assessed by a written assignment.


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

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline such as speech and language therapy/ pathology, linguistics, education, psychology or computer sciences.

A background in phonetics is necessary for some modules and experience of working with clients with speech difficulties is an advantage.

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

The fees shown are for the MSc. Use our fee calculator to look up other fees for other versions of the course.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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


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

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