Master of Speech and Language Therapy (MSLT)

This new four year integrated master’s course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you need to start a rewarding career as a speech and language therapist. You’ll learn the theory of speech and language therapy, and placements will immerse you in a variety of clinical environments. We are passionate about original research and you’ll have the chance to specialise in an area that inspires you. 


Our ability to communicate with others is a vital part of who we are as individuals, and how we fit in with society. Speech and language therapists play a vital role in assessing and treating people who have communication and swallowing difficulties, both developmental and acquired. Clients can be of all ages, from newborn to the elderly. If you are passionate about applying scientific principles to support communication and want to make a difference to others’ lives, we can help you forge a fascinating career.

NB there has been changes to this course, including the entry requirements since the prospectus was published, due to revalidation.


Why QMU?

  • Our classes are small compared with some other universities, so you will enjoy more personal support and guidance from lecturers.
  • Your learning will be boosted by input from experienced speech and language therapists working in the NHS and independent sectors.
  • Learning from our research-active team, you’ll be fully involved in relevant research.
  • QMU is internationally renowned for its research in speech and language.

About the course

On this course, you will develop a strong theoretical understanding of speech and language therapy through modules in linguistics, psychology, biological and medical sciences, and research methods. Regular clinical placements will build your Speech and Language Therapy skills.

Year One will provide a grounding in development across the lifespan in the areas of physical sciences, linguistics and psychology. To facilitate your transition into university there will be a focus on academic writing and how to access appropriate information. You will develop knowledge and apply it at pre-clinical placements in local early years settings and primary schools and with older people, usually in a social care setting.

Year Two focuses predominantly on childhood and developmental speech, language and communication disorders. You will continue to build your knowledge in physical sciences, linguistics, psychology and research methods with increased application to clinical areas. You will develop your clinical skills through weekly placements in local clinics.

Year Three will provide an opportunity to develop research and critical thinking skills. You will enhance your clinical decision making skills (assessment/goal setting/management planning/outcome evaluation) through case studies and in-class discussions. You will focus on disorders of communication acquired in adulthood and related to sensory, cognitive and physical impairments. You will develop the knowledge and critical understanding required to deliver services to diverse populations. You will continue to link theory to practice as you attend clinical placements during the semesters and a block placement at the end of Year Three.

Year Four will provide the opportunity to enhance, consolidate and reflect on your learning to date. You will continue to develop your skills in research, professional development, and current and advanced clinical skills enabling a smooth transition to working life. You will explore leadership skills and gain an understanding of key skills for collaboration and training. You will complete your academic learning by undertaking a focused research dissertation. You’ll continue to attend clinical placements during the semester.

We aim for all of our graduates to be confident in their own professional identity and have the additional skills that will allow them to work as an effective multidisciplinary team member. This is the reason why we have implemented an interprofessional focus within all of our healthcare courses; including this one. 


This is a four year undergraduate master’s course. Students commence the course with a view to graduating with a master’s degree in four years. Students have the opportunity to transfer at the end of Year Two to a BSc (Hons) route. On successful completion of either four year route, students will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a speech and language therapist.


Year One

  • Foundations for SLT: Foundations of Linguistics
  • Foundations for SLT: Biological and Medical Sciences 1  
  • Professional Practice: Clinical and Professional Capabilities 
  • Foundations for SLT: Language Structure, Processing and Variation
  • Foundation for SLT: Lifespan 
  • Professional Practice: Lifespan Placement                                                        
  • Research for SLT: Cognitive Sciences and Research Methods 1  

Year Two

  • Foundation for SLT: Biological and Medical Sciences 2  
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication 
  • Foundations for SLT: Analysis of Speech and Language
  • Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 2                                          
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Specific Speech Disorders 
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental and Acquired Dysphagia 
  • Research for SLT: Cognitive Sciences and Research Methods 2  

Year Three

  • Speech and Language Pathology: Physical, Sensory and Intellectual Impairment 
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Organic Speech Impairments and Voice Disorders 
  • Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 3      
  • Research for SLT: Investigative Methods 
  • Professional Practice: Delivering Services to Reflect Diversity
  • Speech and Language Pathology: Acquired Language and Neurogenic Communication Impairments 

Year Four

  • Speech and Language Pathology: Hearing Impairment & Deaf Culture
  • Professional Practice: Training and Leadership 
  • Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 4 
  • Research for SLT: Research Project      
  • Professional Practice: Applied Clinical Decision Making 

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Oct 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check back here for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

 You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a range of assessments throughout the course.

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available. 

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Placements help you integrate practice with theory by letting you work directly with patients and qualified staff. You’ll be placed in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools and clinics to ensure you gain a range of experience.

Clinical placements occur in Semester One of Year Two and through both semesters in Years Three and Four. You’ll also attend a block placement in the summer period between Years Three and Four. This placement is typically completed within a four-week period somewhere in Scotland. The summer clinical placement can sometimes be organised overseas. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on the course.

Exchange opportunities



As a graduate in speech and language therapy your career prospects are generally excellent. Many of our graduates work within the NHS in community clinics, hospitals and schools across the UK. Some graduates have travelled to work abroad, chosen to study further or taken up research posts.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard: AABBB, Minimum: ABBBB

A Level: AAB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

International: IELTS of 8.0 with no element lower than 7.5. Applications from international students are welcomed. The required standard of spoken and written English (specified by RCSLT) for those whose first language is not English is an IELTS (British Council English Language Testing Service) score of 8 with no individual element score of less than 7.5. This reflects the level of English required for professional practice as an SLT. 

Required subjects: The following subjects are preferred at Higher/ A Level or equivalent: English, Languages, Psychology and Sciences. Subjects involving analytical skills (eg Modern Studies) ay be accepted as an alternative to science, where a good level of science is demonstrated at Nt 5/ GCSE level.

In addition English and Maths at Nat 5/GCSE (B) (equivalent to O3 or H4 in the Irish Leaving Certificate) is required. Biology at this level is desirable.

Mature/ Access: Many mature students enter the course with non-standard qualifications, including previous degrees and from Access Courses (Access to Health Care) see our website for details at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. Applicants with Access qualifications must demonstrate a strong academic profile. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience.  All mature students are asked to show evidence of recent study. 

Related Access course – see our website for details at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Applicants with Access qualifications must demonstrate a strong academic profile. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other entry requirements:

Applicants are encouraged to acquire a good understanding of the nature of Speech and Language Therapy practice, and, if possible, should gain some experience of interacting or working with people with communication difficulties. It should be noted that in most parts of the UK it is not possible to arrange direct observation or work-shadowing within Speech and Language Therapy clinics; however, many areas arrange introductory sessions for potential students. In addition, many charities working with and for people with communication needs welcome volunteers who are willing to support people with communication difficulties. 

Other requirements:

PVG check

All offers of places are conditional on receipt of a satisfactory check through the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (or equivalent). All prospective students who are offered a place should be aware that acceptance onto the programme cannot be taken as a guarantee that the applicant satisfies the requirements for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Speech and Language Therapist

Health clearance 

All applicants are expected to be free of any health problems which could affect their ability to practice safely and effectively. All first year students are required to undergo health clearance checks and up to date information will be provided as part of the entry/induction process. The document ‘Guidance on Health and Character’ (HCPC, 2017) provides some general information which may be useful. 

Additional Costs

All students are responsible for their own expenses incurred on clinical placement such as; pre-placement checks; travel costs; and accommodation (summer).  Students are required to pay for their PVG application (approximately £60) and may have additional costs for vaccines and blood tests (up to approximately £90, normally), depending on their medical history.   

In addition, students from EnglandWalesNorthern Ireland and International students will also be liable for additional fees to cover the cost of health clearance, badges and uniforms. The current cost is around £95. 

Students are also required to have indemnity insurance in place before attending placement, this is most cost effectively obtained by joining the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) as a student member https://www.rcslt.org/help-and-support/membership-overview  

Students are advised to check with the relevant student funding agencies if there is a way of reclaiming the travel and accommodation expenses incurred on placement.  Students from Scotland may be eligible for funding from SAAS https://www.saas.gov.uk/ depending on their circumstances. 

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

This course meets the professional standards of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is accredited by the HCPC. Successful completion enables application for registration with the HCPC as a speech and language therapist, which is a requirement for employment in the UK.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the How we teach and how you’ll learn page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
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