Language Pathology (MSc)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Language Pathology at Newcastle University

Our Language Pathology MSc is designed for those wanting to develop a career as a Speech and Language Therapist in the National Health Service or other settings. This practical course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

In year one you will cover modules in psychology, linguistics and anatomy/physiology that underpin the discipline. You will also begin to work on speech and language therapy (SLT) cases and have your first experiences of working clinically under supervision.

Year two is more specialised with a focus on motor, head and neck and cognitive impairments. With academic and clinical supervision, you will carry out and write up a clinically-based research project (an extended case report), based on a therapy programme that you will deliver and evaluate to one client with the support of both a practice educator and academic supervisor.

You need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.

Teaching is delivered through case-based problem solving which means you will be participating in guided self-directed learning and collaborating with peers in group work.

Our staff have an immense amount of experience of delivering SLT courses and many are qualified and experienced speech and language therapists. Many are involved in research in this area and our teaching is supported by research.

We take a student-centred approach to your development of knowledge, thinking and professional identity. Within clinical practice, you will receive tailored supervision, with a focus on reflective skills. We also provide transparent and fair assessment procedures with clear and specific marking criteria for coursework, helping you to achieve your potential.

We have very high student satisfaction scores for our programme in the 2018 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (94% satisfaction). We rank 1st in the Guardian University Guide 2019. We rank 2nd in the UK for Aural and Oral Sciences in The Complete University Guide 2019.

Delivery

The course is taught at Newcastle city campus and in a variety of external clinical placements. The course runs from 9am to 5pm during weekdays from September to July in both years. Clinical days may extend beyond a typical working day to allow for travel. This is an intense course with approximately 25-30 contact hours per week with the possibility of additional contact hours during clinical placements. There are also clinical placements in the summer months in both years.

You will complete compulsory modules which are supported by clinical placements from early on in both years. Assessment is through course work, written examinations, in-course assessment of the clinical practicum, viva presentations and class tests. An important element of year two is the extended case report, where you manage a clinical case, provide intensive treatment, evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment and write up your findings in dissertation format.

Placements

You will have the opportunity to complete clinical placements in our campus-based clinics and in a range of external settings where speech and language therapists work. These could include NHS settings, eg community clinics, hospitals or schools.

In year 1, you will complete one placement in the Tavistock Aphasia Centre, one placement in the Children’s Speech and Language Clinic and an external six week block placement. In year 2, you will complete a placement where you work with an individual client for the extended case report and a final block placement.

Accreditation

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. On successful completion of the programme you can apply to register with the HCPC and RCSLT as a speech and language therapist.

Facilities

We have two clinics on campus:

  • Tavistock Aphasia Centre (North East)
  • The Children's Speech and Language Therapy Clinic.

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Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus. https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/language-pathology-msc/?utm_source=referral-study-link&utm_medium=course-listing&utm_content=language-pathology-msc&utm_campaign=PG3PL-study-link#fees&funding

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any of the following fields:

  • psychology
  • neuroscience
  • linguistics
  • English language and literature
  • modern languages
  • a medical discipline, such as biomedical science or medicine

We will also consider your application if you have a first degree in a different subject plus relevant industry experience.

Your degree must have been obtained by the time of application. You will need to upload the degree certificate using the Applicant Portal.

You are required to have practical experience of working in or observing speech language therapy clinics, or closely related experience such as:

  • working in a care or nursing home
  • working with children with special needs or adults with disabilities 
  • working with individuals with learning disabilities

You need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.

You will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure and an occupational health assessment.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 8.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.5 in all sub-skills)

  • we do not accept any equivalent English language qualifications for this course
  • you must have achieved your IELTS qualification by the time you apply
  • your IELTS certificate must be uploaded using the Applicant Portal
  • applications without IELTS certificates will not be considered

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

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