This course is for students who wish to qualify as speech and language therapists.
This course is for students who wish to qualify as speech and language therapists. It is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and recognised by the Royal College for Speech and Language Therapists. Once you graduate, you can apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and go on to work as a speech and language therapist.
As a Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) student, you will benefit directly from our world-class research into subjects, such as linguistics, language development, language pathology, and bilingualism. You will also be able to take advantage of our in-house speech and language therapy clinic, observational facilities, speech research laboratory and new sound recording room. We are amongst the first departments in the UK to host NHS clinics in our purpose-built speech and language therapy facility on site.
This course combines theoretical knowledge with clinical practice and you will gain hands-on experience right from the start. For example during our "Child Development Assignment", which is unique to Reading, you will be assigned a baby and will organise bimonthly home visits with the parents in order to observe her development. This will allow you to observe how a typically developing child develops, and enable you to develop your professional skills.
The course is taught by specialists, including speech and language therapists, clinical linguists, psychologists and medical consultants. You will get an introduction to clinical linguistics, language pathology, psychology and medical subjects, and your clinical practice will commence within the first week of the course.
Further on in the degree you will focus on clinically related topics that cover the nature, treatment and management of communication disorders and disorders of eating and drinking (dysphagia). You will also get the opportunity to spend a substantial amount of time on clinical practice and this work is supported by clinical tutorials.
The values of the course are aligned with those set out in the NHS Constitution.
The Clinical Language Sciences department is committed to providing an excellent quality service, demonstrating compassion and dignity, care and respect to our patients, students and colleagues whilst embracing equality and diversity. We achieve this by clarity of communication and reflecting courage and integrity in all areas of our work, supported by our knowledge, competence and innovation.
You will have the opportunity to carry out both weekly and block placements through this course. These take place in a large range of clinical settings, including at NHS organisations, private clinics and schools. Placements are organised by our in-house team and are carefully selected in order to give you the opportunity to work alongside enthusiastic professionals in a well-supported environment.
You will have the opportunity to work with a wide of range of children and adults, and develop your communication, clinical and research skills within professional settings.
By the end of the degree you will have amassed around 600 hours' experience in observing and treating patients with communication and swallowing problems. This is well above the number required by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Quick look entry requirementsA Level | IB
Applicants are required to have an upper second or first-class honours degree in a related field such as linguistics, psychology, medical sciences or education. Evidence of recent study is normally required if the first degree was completed more than four years previously.
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.
All candidates must have had extensive work experience with a speech and language therapist or with clients with communication difficulties, both children and adults, and have a good understanding of the role of a speech and language therapist.
Candidates from the UK will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, arranged through the University. All non-UK candidates need to provide a certificate of no criminal convictions – provided by their own police force before entering the UK. Candidates also complete a declaration of health and evidence is required of up-to-date hepatitis B and tuberculosis vaccinations.
English language requirements
Please note that if your first language is not English you are required to have passed an IELTS test with an overall mark of at least 7.5 and not less than 7.00 on any individual component prior to the commencement of the degree programme.
Multilingualism and Impairment Across the Lifespan
Personality and social psychology
Phonetics and Phonology
Research and Dissertation
Typical and Atypical Development 1, 2
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £12,617 per year
New international students: £17,000 per year
The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2016, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
Our MSc in Speech & Language Therapy allows graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and work as a speech and language therapist in a range of settings, such as the NHS, education, and the private or voluntary sector.
Speech and language therapists work with adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties, including children with speech and language disorders, children with a cleft palate, clients with voice disorders, clients who have had strokes or head injuries, or those who stammer. Some therapists work in hospitals, some work in community health centres, some work in schools or specialist centres.
Some speech and language therapists may decide to move into research or postgraduate study.