Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc

Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc

School of Sport and Health Sciences


Post- graduate





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  • Duration:

    Two years full-time

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Pre-registration

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

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Why study this programme?

This course prepares learners for the breadth of speech and language therapy (SLT) practice in the continually evolving Health and Social Care sector. You will be part of a small cohort where staff will get to know each learner. Workplace experiences start in the first semester supporting learning that makes links between theory and practice from day one. The course is full-time running from September in Year 1 to August in Year 2.

Each semester includes integrated block workplace experiences. In Year 2 learners are supported to identify a future career focused elective experience, and a five-week full-time placement. Classes are in our purpose-built rehabilitation and assessment facilities. We have excellent links with speech and language therapists working in the NHS, private practice across the North West, charitable organisations, and international institutions. We provide excellent opportunities to gain experience of the extensiveness of modern practice.

The University’s leading Allied Health Research unit involves learners and researchers addressing cross disciplinary and international health care. We host the regional Hub of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR), the Advancing Dysphagia Practice (ADP) group, and the innovative online learning community of practice ReSNetSLT (Research Support Network). The team regularly offers professional development (CPD) events for practising clinicians which are open to our learners, providing opportunities for novices and professionals to work alongside each other from a wide range of settings.

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Entry Requirements

Please note: The application deadline is Sunday 18 October

Application to the programme will be via a completed application form (including a personal statement) and two supporting references. Candidates who demonstrate, in their application form, how they meet the academic entry requirements (listed below), and demonstrate knowledge of, and motivation to join the speech and language therapy profession will be invited to undertake a values-based recruitment event at the University.

Normal Entry requirements

  • First degree (Lower second class or above)
  • GCSE Maths (Grade 4 or above) and English language (Grade 4 or above) or equivalent
  • For applicants where English is not their first language, we will accept an IELTS examination score at level 8.0 minimum with no element below 7.5 in alignment with the HCPC requirements for registration

Non-standard applicants will be considered on individual merit.

International qualifications

  • We may accept qualification gained in other countries. Enquiries of eligibility, including certified English translations of qualifications, can be sent to iadmissions@uclan.ac.uk.

Candidates offered a place will also be required to demonstrate the following prior to entry:

  • Satisfactory values-based interview
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure
  • Satisfactory occupational health clearance

Further details of the interview process will be provided to applicants who have successfully met the entry requirements. Applicants will be guided through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and speech and language therapy health screening process. The costs of these services are included with the course fees.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

The first year of study develops learners understanding of normal communication and eating, drinking, and swallowing development. It introduces the concept of disorder or difference. Learners start integrating their capabilities into holistic service user assessment and management. There are work based experiences in all three semesters totalling 245 hours.

  • HI4117 Speech science for speech & language therapists
  • HI4118 Biomedical science & dysphagia for speech & language therapists
  • HI4119 Developmental speech & language disorders
  • HI4122 Professional studies 1
  • HI4124 Using research to inform practice

Year 2

Learners continue to develop their intervention skills, broaden their focus to professional standards, research, and service development. Learners begin to consider career enhancing work-based experiences developed with the support of the academic staff. There are work based experiences in all three semesters totalling 350 hours.

  • HI4120 Conditions across the lifespan
  • HI4121 Acquired speech & language disorders
  • HI4123 Professional studies 2
  • HI4125 Undertaking research and service evaluation

Further Information


Classroom teaching generally takes place over 2-3 days per week across three semesters (over the full year).

Work-based learning is embedded within the modules. Your clinical experiences will include paediatric and adult patient settings, giving you a breadth of experience to fit with local service provision. Practice based learning will occur in blocks of 1-5 weeks in the North West region.

Learning links closely with our other Allied Health Profession (AHP) courses and with our world-leading Allied Health Research Unit.

The MSc SLT learners have free attendance at both CAHPR and ADP learning events; affording them exposure to world-leading research and clinical excellence. Our learners have the opportunity to become actively involved in the ground breaking ReSNetSLT, gaining experience in digital platforms supporting the sharing of research and practice-based knowledge from international perspectives.

The five RCSLT Core Capabilities are addressed throughout the course:

  • Communication
  • Partnerships
  • Leadership & lifelong learning
  • Research & evidence-based practice
  • Professional autonomy & accountability

Small-group learning, case-based and client-centred approaches develop the novice clinician in contemporary practice from day one. Face-to-face time is used interactively, and learners engage in tutor- and self-directed learning. Learners apply their knowledge and skill development through a range of tasks, including practice-based learning assessment, written assignments, presentations, practical skills assessments, clinical analysis, and project work.

Modules are assessed with summative tasks (required for grading) and formative activities (developing towards the summative) which help learning in a zero-risk structure. These include online learning, peer assessment of written work, class presentations, academic advisor support for the core practice skills portfolio, and debrief sessions of placement experience.

All core members of the teaching team are HCPC registered and members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. The team has wide and diverse experience, including current practice, research, and research informed teaching. Staff are specialists in a range of practice and research areas, bringing this expertise and experience to life for learners in the teaching.

Inter-professional working is an integral part of SLT practice. During this course and in your professional career, you will be working alongside other healthcare related professionals to deliver effective patient-centred care. You will have timetabled classes with other professions; learning about the crossover in care amongst disciplines, as well as differences in expertise. Learning about, with, and from learners in other disciplines helps prepare you for real-world practice settings. This is continued in your time on placement, further developing your skills in communication and collaborative working to provide optimal care and improve health and social care outcomes.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £10,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: N/A

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Industry Links

We have strong links with clinical partners in the North West, in both NHS and non-NHS settings. We organise annual recruitment events where employers from the public (NHS) and private spheres attend and network with speech and language therapy students.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and for membership of the RCSLT.


In each semester there are placements in a range of contemporary settings. Real-life SLT practice is experienced from the first semester in Year 1. You will be supported by your Practice Placement Educator and be also visited by your UCLan Placement Tutor. This means that you will have opportunity to learn in the practice environment whilst being supported by academic staff in the university. You will need to successfully complete minimum 525 hours of assessed placement practice. The final placement is a five-week full time block.

Graduate careers

We have excellent employability rates for learners graduating from our Health and Social Care Professional programmes. Through consultation with our clinical stakeholders we know that there is a demand for speech and language therapists in the North West.

Progression Routes

Within the School we have opportunities to study at level 8 within the School via a Profession Doctorate or PhD