Accredited by the Health Care Professionals Council, with a purpose-built NHS clinic on-site, this MSc is for students wishing to qualify as speech and language therapists.
This course combines theoretical knowledge with clinical practice and you will gain hands-on experience right from the start.
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 you must have a good understanding of the role of a speech and language therapist.
As a Speech and Language Therapy student at Reading, you will benefit directly from our world-class research into subjects, such as linguistics, language development, language pathology, and bilingualism. Other areas of specialism comprise developmental and acquired speech, language and communication disorders, including fluency disorders, aphasia, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, Specific Language Impairment and dysphagia.
Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, including standard lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, observation clinic, problem based learning, ‘flipped’ classroom, and practical sessions.
As part of the programme, you will undertake a clinical placement and spend approximately 600 hours over 2 years in different clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, community clinics, private and voluntary sector. Professional speech and language therapists will act as your placement educators
You will have access to excellent built-in clinic facilities for observations, teaching, placement and research, as well as a speech laboratory, extensive assessment library, student common room, University library, state-of-the art lecture theatres. We are also also one of the first university's to host an NHS clinic in our purpose-built speech and language therapy facility on site.
This programme is recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Additional entry requirements
You will need to demonstrate knowledge of the values of the NHS values NHS Constitution. 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.
Due to the popularity of this programme and the restricted numbers we are able to accept, we recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
The deadlines for applications are:
Home/EU students: midnight, 1 December 2017 (for entry in September 2018)
International students: midnight, 1 May 2018 (for entry in September 2018)
You are normally required to have a good first or upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a related field such as linguistics, psychology, medical sciences or education. The degree must have been completed and awarded by the application deadline. Evidence of recent study is normally required if the first degree was completed more than four years previously. A complete application, including at least one reference, must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for entry to the next intake.
What will you study?
Advanced Professional Development
Communication impairment 1, 2, 3
Clinical phonetics & phonology
Clinical Practice 1, 2
Disorders of fluency
Foundations of grammar
Medicine 1, 2
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: £9,250 per year
New international students: £19,330 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2018/19 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
Funding and tuition fees
The Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed that from August 2018 new students on pre registration Masters programmes will be eligible for tuition fee loan and maintenance loans via Student Finance England for both years of the programme. This applies even if you have already taken out loans for a previous undergraduate degree.
To support you in your pre registration MSc Speech and Language Therapy here at the University of Reading, you will also be able to access the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.
You will need to ensure you check this site regularly to keep up to date with what is being offered.
In addition, the Learning Support Fund offers additional funding for some students due to the MSc Speech and Language Therapy compulsory clinical placements. For example, non repayable loans if you have child dependants. Please look on the website above for further information.
The Tuition fees
The tuition fee loan was set by the UK government at a maximum of £9250 for 2017-18. The tuition fee loan for students commencing a course in 2018-19 has yet to be confirmed and the tuition fees for the MSc Speech and Language Therapy programme have also not yet been confirmed. We are hoping to be able to confirm the course tuition fees soon.
Our MSc in Speech and 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.