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How you'll learn – University of Reading

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  • Benefit from hands-on experience right from the start

How you'll learn

Learn in an inspiring environment with excellent teaching informed by cutting-edge research and clinical expertise.


  • The programme offers academic study with an integrated practical clinical component throughout the programme
  • You will have opportunities to participate in the speech and language therapy clinic with clients of all ages from your first year of study
  • You will have placements in a nursery and older persons setting
  • You will have clinical placements across a broad range of settings and client groups

sample MODULES

Clinical Studies 1- this includes a Child Development Assignment (Core module)

This hands-on year 1 module will introduce you to the process of assessment, treatment and service delivery across the lifespan. During the Spring term you will take part in an observational study of a developing child in their own home, as well as visiting several early years and school setting.

Phonetics and Phonology (Core module)

This module is an introduction to the principles and phonetics and phonology and how the two differ. This includes learning about the articulation, acoustics, perception and transcription of speech sounds, as well as allophonic variation of English consonants and vowels, and connected speech processes. Teaching in this module is a combination of lectures, tutorials and lab sessions.

Medicine (Core module)

This module gives you a general introduction to medicine for speech and language therapy. You will gain an understanding of the neuroanatomical and physiological underpinnings of human anatomy necessary for students to understand a range of disorders seen by speech language therapists.

Speech Language and Communication Disorders 1, 2 and 3 (Core module)

This course module will be taught across three years. You will explore developmental and acquired disorders associated with speech, language, communication and swallowing with a focus on the application of linguistic, phonetic, medical and psychological theory to clinical disorders.

Language in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Optional module)

Consider the language impairment in autism spectrum disorders from genetic, neuroscience, and behavioural perspectives. This module will introduce and develop a range of current theoretical and research topics within the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Multilingualism and Impairment across the Lifespan (Optional module)

Examine multilingualism and impairment in children and adults. You will explore language acquisition in bilingual children addressing types of bilingualism, as well as language impairment in bilingual children and adults addressing developmental and acquired language disorders in individual case studies or groups.


Speech and Language Therapy Clinic

The school houses a purpose-built NHS speech and language therapy clinic. We also run independent clinics, which are free to access. These clinics offer you experience in both adult and paediatric client groups with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties. Our clinics run across the academic year, with involvement from students on the programme. Students are involved in many aspects of the clinic from observation to taking responsibility for small caseloads.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

The UROP offers undergraduate students the chance to get hands-on research experience on projects in the school. The projects are open to students in the middle year of their degree, and run for six weeks over the summer break, or can be part-time over a longer period of time. As a student you will gain valuable employment skills, experience for your CV and personal development.

Paid work and volunteering

The university offers opportunities for students to be part of volunteering and paid work experiences, including Open and Visit days and school events. These are great ways to represent the school and university, as well as developing your skills.


We are a research-led school. Our academics are actively researching and contributing to current academic and clinical research topics, providing you with access to current thinking and ground-breaking research. Our research centres have an international reputation for research in a number of areas, including child development and psychopathy, neuroscience and clinical training.

Feel part of a dynamic and collaborative teaching environment, learning alongside academics who are experts in their field and who incorporate research and clinical research into their teaching.


Access a number of facilities within the School during your studies. We have invested heavily in state-of-the-art research facilities including brain imaging systems (MRI, EEG, TMS), and are unique in housing four clinical research facilities on site (Autism, Anxiety & Depression, Speech & Language Therapy, and Dementia).

The school houses a student common room, computer lab, assessment library, and testing cubicles, as well as facilities specific to the programme, including an assessment library, sound booth, clinic rooms and speech lab. These facilities will aid your learning, as well as provide you with a dedicated place to study.

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