MSc/Diploma/Certificate Speech Difficulties

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

Develop your knowledge and skills of working with clients with developmental speech and literacy difficulties. 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.

Laura Hayes, MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies

Core modules

PGCert

  • 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 (subject to university approval):

  • 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)

Examples of optional modules PGDip and MSc only

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

Teaching and assessment

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.

Course duration

  • MSc - 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)
  • 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

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E: hcs-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
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.