MSc/Diploma/Certificate Acquired Communication Disorders

Department of Human Communication Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Develop your career with a postgraduate qualification from one of the UK’s leading centres for research in this field.

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, Postgraduate Student in the Department of Human Communication Sciences

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

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.

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.

Laura Hayes, MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies

Core modules


  • Acquired Language Disorders
  • Acquired Speech Disorders
  • Methods in Clinical Linguistics
  • Developing an Evidence Base for Practice


  • Research Methods A
  • Research Methods B or an optional module if not continuing to the MSc


  • Research Methods A
  • Research Methods B
  • Two optional modules
  • Dissertation/ Evaluation of Clinical Practice.

Examples of optional modules

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.

Course duration


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2/3 years part-time (by distance learning)

Postgraduate Diploma

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time (by distance learning)

Postgraudate 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 or psychology.

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

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If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)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.