2020 start

Speech and Language Therapy

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council, this course allows you to work in a diverse range of settings and roles as a speech and language therapist.
Human communication sciences clinic in action

Course description

This course starting in September 2020 is now closed to new applications.

This course leads to a professional qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist. You’ll be able to work in a diverse range of settings, for example schools and hospitals, nurseries, clinics or the client’s home. You might also pursue a role in higher education and research.

Speech and language therapists provide treatment and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communicating, eating, drinking or swallowing. Therapists take a collaborative approach, working alongside the individual’s carer, teacher or family, as well as other professionals.

What will you learn?

You’ll investigate a range of subjects, including biomedical sciences, psychology, linguistics, communication and research methods. You’ll 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.

Approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.


Core modules

The course follows six main themes:

  1. Communication – linguistics, psychology and how this relates to speech and language pathology.
  2. Participation and Society – how the study of sociology and social and health psychology impact on speech and language therapy.
  3. Research Methods – develop the research skills essential to providing evidence-based health care.
  4. Biomedical Sciences – anatomy, physiology, audiology and neurology, and how to link them to speech and language pathology.
  5. Key Clinical Topics – develop your professional competence.
  6. Professional Practice – put your skills to work for a range of clients with communication impairments.

Year one modules

  • Biomedical Science
  • Speech, Language, Communication and Literacy Development in Children
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Developmental Disorders of Communication
  • Introduction to Practical Linguistics
  • Language, Cognition and Communication in Adults 1
  • Language, Cognition and Communication in Adults 2
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Participation and Society

Year two modules

  • Language Analysis: Sound and Structure
  • Transition to Professional Autonomy
  • Evaluating the Evidence Base in SLT I: Principles and Methods
  • Evaluating the Evidence Base in SLT II: Clinical Dissertation
  • Key Clinical Topics 1
  • Key Clinical Topics 2
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Professional Practice 3


We use a case-based and inquiry-based approach, as well as small-group teaching, to give you an interactive learning experience. You’ll develop theoretical knowledge alongside clinical expertise. Some practical teaching takes place in the University’s human pathology laboratories.

You’ll 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’ll be working closely with your peers and tutors in a supportive environment.


We use a variety of methods, including 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

Image of two postgraduate students from the Department of Human Communication Sciences in library

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.

Laura Hayes
MMedSci Speech and Language Therapy

Entry requirements

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.

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 score of 8.0 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component, or equivalent.

This course starting in September 2020 is now closed to new applications.

If you have applied for this course and need more information about your application, please contact study@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.