Newcastle University
Language Pathology MSc
Newcastle University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Language Pathology MSc is designed for those wanting to develop a career as a Speech and Language Therapist in the National Health Service or other settings. This practical course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Year one In year one you'll cover the following modules that underpin the discipline:

  • psychology

  • linguistics

  • practical anatomy

  • physiology

You'll also begin to work on speech and language therapy (SLT) cases. These will give you your first experiences of working clinically under guided supervision.

Year two In year two, more complex problems are set in speech and language pathology. This year is more specialised. You'll study topics including: dysphagia, ageing, dementia, mental health and psychiatry. There will be a focus on:

  • motor

  • fluency

  • voice

  • head and neck

  • cognitive impairment

Clinically-based research project You'll carry out and write up a clinically-based research project (an extended case report). The report will be based on a therapy programme that you will deliver and evaluate to one client. You will be supported by a practice educator (clinical supervisor) and academic supervisor.

Teaching is delivered through case-based problem solving. This means you'll participate in guided self-directed learning and collaborate with your peers in group work.

You need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.

Delivery: The programme is taught at Newcastle city campus and in a variety of internal and external clinical placements. The course runs from 9am to 5pm during weekdays from September to July in both years.

Clinical days may extend beyond a typical working day to allow for travel. This is an intense programme with approximately 25-30 contact hours per week. There is also the possibility of additional contact hours during clinical placements. You will undertake clinical placements in the summer months in both years.

You will complete compulsory modules which are supported by clinical placements from early on in both years.

Assessment is through:

  • course work

  • written examination

  • in-course assessments of the clinical practicum

  • viva presentations

  • class tests

An important element of year two is the extended case report. You'll:

  • manage a clinical case

  • provide intensive treatment

  • evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment

  • write up your findings in dissertation format

Placements: You'll have the opportunity to complete clinical placements in our campus-based clinics and in a range of external settings where speech and language therapists work. These could include schools and NHS settings, eg community clinics and hospitals.

In year one, you will complete:

  • one placement in the Tavistock Aphasia Centre

  • one placement in the Children’s Speech and Language Clinic

  • an external six week block placement

In year two, you will complete a placement where you work with an individual client for the extended case report and a final block placement.

Accreditation: The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. On successful completion of the programme you can apply to register with the HCPC and RCSLT as a speech and language therapist.

Facilities: We have two clinics on campus:

  • Tavistock Aphasia Centre (North East)

  • The Children's Speech and Language Therapy Clinic

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Others
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology, linguistics or a medical discipline. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with a first degree in a different subject if they have relevant industry experience. Your degree must have been obtained by the time of application. You will need to upload the degree certificate using the Applicant Portal. You are required to have practical experience of working in or observing speech language therapy clinics, or closely related experience such as: •working in a nursing home •working with special needs children •working with individuals with learning disabilities. You need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution. You will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure and an occupational health assessment. International Students: To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 8.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.5 in all sub-skills) •we do not accept any equivalent English language qualifications for this course •you must have achieved your IELTS qualification by the time you apply •your IELTS certificate must be uploaded using the Applicant Portal •applications without IELTS certificates will not be considered. Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Newcastle University

Founded in 1834, Newcastle University is located in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Less than an hour’s bus ride from the coast, this institution of higher education offers Undergraduates modern lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, and spaces for socialising and for being creative such as their Fine Arts Hub. Postgraduate students have their own library, complete with a laptop loan system and assistance from knowledgeable librarians to ensure that students have every means of succeeding.

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