Acquired Communication Disorders
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School,
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
This course is for speech and language therapists/pathologists, linguists, psychologists or others with a relevant background who have an interest in acquired communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and the communication difficulties secondary to dementia or traumatic brain injury.
You'll develop your knowledge and skills of evidence-based practice so that you can effectively support people with acquired speech, language and communication difficulties.
The MSc will provide you with an up-to-date understanding of the main theoretical and clinical issues and approaches in this field and the implications of these findings for clinical intervention.
What will you learn?
On the course you’ll develop:
- an understanding of current research and recent clinical developments within acquired speech and language disorders, including aphasia, dysarthria, and the communication difficulties associated with dementia and traumatic brain injury
- an understanding of both impairment-focused analytic approaches to these disorders, including neuropsychological and psycholinguistic perspectives, and functional approaches, including communicative, psychosocial and interactional perspectives
- knowledge of current intervention methods in the treatment of acquired communication disorders that draw on both impairment-focused and functionally-focused approaches
- competency in quantitative and qualitative research design and methods relevant to analysing and carrying out intervention for these disorders
- Acquired Language Disorders
- Acquired Speech Disorders
- Methods in Clinical Linguistics
- Developing an Evidence Base for Practice
PGDip and MSc:
- Same four modules as for the PGCert
- Research Methods A
- Research Methods B (optional for PGDip)
Students on the PGDip and MSc also take optional modules, from a range offered both within the department and across other departments in the University.
Examples of optional modules for PGDip and MSc levels only:
- Communication Diversity and Difficulties
- Spoken and Written Language
- Literacy: Difficulties and Intervention
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
The course is mostly taught online, but study blocks that last one to three days per module take place at regular intervals throughout the academic year and attendance is normally compulsory. During study blocks, you'll take part in lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. Full-time students may also attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops offered in the division and the Health Sciences School.
For part-time, distance learning students not based in the UK, attendance at study blocks is recommended but optional.
All modules are assessed by written work.
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
Graduates continue to develop their career both within the NHS and the private sector, as well as going on to specialise as speech and language therapists. Some graduates have alternatively gone onto further PhD training in clinical research.
Please note that this course does not lead to a professional qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist.
At least a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline such as speech and language therapy/pathology, linguistics, education or psychology.
Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
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
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.