School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Human Communication Sciences
M.A.-Human Communication Sciences
Please note that this programme is not running in the 2008-9 academic year. This programme provides a thorough grounding in research methods and statistics related to human communication and its disorders, and prepares you for independent and collaborative research in the fields of speech-language development and breakdown across the human lifespan, whether in academic, clinical or school settings. It aims to provide research training and interdisciplinary insights into the study of human communication, according to the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) postgraduate training guidelines, and it prepares candidates for further research leading to doctoral degrees. The programme is approved by the ESRC for the award of studentships to Home and EU students.
You complete taught modules to a value of 120 credits. These include compulsory modules on research methods, design and statistics, and a choice from a set of specialist modules on language and psychology; applied/clinical linguistics and phonetics; speech-language pathology (including aphasiology, specific language impairment (SLI), developmental speech and language disorders, motor speech disorders). You also complete a dissertation of 60 credits. Assessment is by essays, clinical case studies, in-course assignments, multiple-choice and/or short-answer tests and assessment of competence in data gathering and analysis.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission