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Language and Communication Impairment in Children
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School,
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
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.
PGCert, PGDip and MSc
- Children’s Learning
- Language and Communication
- Spoken and Written Language
- Developing an Evidence Base for Practice
PGDip and MSc
- Research Methods A
- Research Methods B (optional for PGDip)
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
- Multilingual Contexts
MSc students also complete a dissertation.
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.
An open day gives you the best opportunity to hear first-hand from our current students and staff about our courses. You'll find out what makes us special.
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
This 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.
For part-time, distance learning students not based in the UK, attendance at study blocks is recommended but optional.
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
Modules are normally assessed by written assignments.
MSc students are also assessed on their research dissertation.
Graduates continue to develop their career within the NHS, education and the private sector. Some graduates have alternatively gone onto further PhD training in clinical and educational research.
Please note that this course does not lead to a professional qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist.
For the PGCert/PGDip: a degree-level professional qualification, or a first degree, plus at least two years’ experience of working with children.
For the MSc: minimum 2:1 honours degree and two years’ relevant work experience with children.
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
For the two-year version of MSc Language and Communication Impairment in Children please use our course fee lookup tool.
The fee below applies to the three-year version of MSc Language and Communication Impairment in Children.
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.