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.

Please note: This course is subject to validation. 

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 3.

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 an appropriate and focused research dissertation. This year includes 20 days of clinical placement.

We aim for all of our graduates to be confident in their own professional identity and have the additional skills that will allow you 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.


The course is currently in development and exact modules names cannot be confirmed at the time of posting (Feb 2020). Please check back here for any updates following validation in early 2020.

Year 1

Semester 1 

Foundations for SLT: Foundations of Linguistics SCQF 7 (20 credits)

Foundations for SLT: Biological and Medical Sciences 1 SCQF 7 (20 credits)

Professional Practice: Clinical and Professional Capabilities SCQF 7 (20 credits)

Semester 2 

Foundations for SLT: Language Structure, Processing and Variation SCQF 7 (20 credits)

Foundation for SLT: Lifespan SCQF 7 (20 credits)

Professional Practice: Lifespan Placement SCQF 7 (20 credits)

Research for SLT: Cognitive Sciences and Research Methods 1

SCQF 8 (20 credits

Year 2

Semester 1

Foundation for SLT: Biological and Medical Sciences 2 SCQF 8 (20 credits)

Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication SCQF 8 (20 credits)

Semester 2 

Speech and Language Pathology: Specific Speech Disorders SCQF 8 (20 credits)

Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental and Acquired Dysphagia SCQF 8 (20 credits)

Research for SLT: Cognitive Sciences and Research Methods 2 SCQF 9 (20 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

Foundations for SLT: Analysis of Speech and Language SCQF 8 (20 credits)

Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 2 SCQF 8 (20 credits)

Year 3

Semester 1

Speech and Language Pathology: Physical, Sensory and Intellectual Impairment SCQF 9 (20 credits)

Speech and Language Pathology: Organic Speech Impairments and Voice Disorders SCQF 10 (20 credits)

Semester 2

Professional Practice: Delivering Services to Reflect Diversity SCQF 9 (40 credits)

Speech and Language Pathology: Acquired Language and Neurogenic Communication Impairments SCQF 10 (20 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 3 SCQF 9 (20 credits)

Research for SLT: Investigative Methods SCQF 10 (40 credits)

Year 4 

Semester 1

Speech and Language Pathology: Hearing Impairment & Deaf Culture SCQF 10 (20 credits)

Professional Practice: Training and Leadership SCQF 11 (40 credits)

Semester 2 

Professional Practice: Applied Clinical Decision Making SCQF 11 (40 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 4 SCQF 10 (20 credits)

Research for SLT: Research Project SCQF 11 (40 credits)


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. ' Students will complete 10 full day of clinical practice placement in year 2, and 20 full days of placement during semester time in both years 3 and 4. There is a further 15 days in the form of a block placement during the summer between years 3 and 4. 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

Required subjects: At least one of the following subjects at Higher/ A Level or equivalent: Biology, Chemistry,

Physics, Psychology or Maths. In addition English and Maths at Nat 5/ GCSE (B) (Equivalent to the O3 or H4 in the Irish Leaving Certificate).

Mature/ Access: 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 requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.

The cost of the PVG check and the professional indemnity insurance is the responsibility of the student. Currently the cost of the Health Check is funded by the Scottish Government for Scottish students only, other students are responsible for this cost. This is however subject to change should the Scottish Government change their funding policy.

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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- BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy "The highlight of my course so far has no doubt been the placements I’ve been on. The different exposure to a range of clients has provided me with an insight into the health system, the different service users and the positive impact I will potentially have on individuals." Read my story