Our MSc Speech and Language Therapy runs for two years, full-time, and is client-focused, using problem-based learning methods to integrate theory and clinical practice. You undertake day visits and blocks of practice education with speech and language therapists in the workplace.
Successful completion leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council as a speech and language therapist.
Our programme aims:
1. to produce students who are competent speech and language practitioners with sound reasoning skills able to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team;
2. to provide a challenging learning environment including practice placements for you to build on your critical enquiry and independent learning skills in the passage to becoming speech and language therapy practitioners who are responsive to current and future education, health and social care needs;
3. to enable you to construct personal theoretical frameworks for speech and language therapy practice drawing on the evolving evidence base;
4. to draw on your high level of motivation, your confidence to challenge and pursue learning needs to master complex areas of knowledge;
5. to enable you to become autonomous professionals committed to your own and the speech and language therapy professions development;
6. to develop your capacity to lead and initiate change within, and on behalf of the speech and language therapy profession; and
7. to provide opportunities for shared learning with our other pre-registration health care professionals and language and linguistic students.
We also educate pre-registration nurses, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists and oral hygienists – to name a few – as well as providing on-going professional education for qualified health and social care staff. This means that you not only study alongside other health professionals learning with them, but you also get the opportunity to learn expert knowledge from them!
All of our Masters-level pre-registration programmes are offered as accelerated programmes. This means you have the advantage of interprofessional learning (IPL), encouraging professionals to learn with and from each other – an understanding that helps to ensure our students have the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of their service user needs, and ensures that care is safe, seamless and of a high standard.
Our School of Health and Human Sciences offers a multidisciplinary environment with an excellent reputation for research and teaching. We submitted with our Department of Sociology in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and were awarded joint first in the UK. Within our School, our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having staff that are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.
A unique feature of our school is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice. We specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research that addresses issues of national and international concern to health policy and practice and related fields. We have research interest groups in ‘Developing Professional Practice’ and ‘Applied Health Research’, and host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.
Postgraduate study qualification from the University of Essex.
International Student Requirements:
IELTS score of 8.0 or above, with no element under 7.7.