Speech & Language CPD Units / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

Our distance learning CPD units are ideally suited for speech and language therapists wishing to further their knowledge of in a specialist field. You should have evidence of higher education study or already be working in the field of speech and language therapy.

If you are a health professional and you are working with one of our specialist populations (eg nurses working with adults with acquired dysphagia), you may be eligible to take one of our courses.

Please contact the postgraduate tutor at pgtaught.slt@manchester.ac.uk if you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply. Please note that our courses are intended for individuals who already have an appropriate professional qualification and do not enable you to register as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

We offer the following units, all of which start in January. Please contact us for more information on each course.

Working with Adults with Acquired Dysphagia (4 months, 15 credits)

This course aims to develop your clinical skills and knowledge when working with adults with acquired feeding and swallowing difficulties. It is aimed at new and returning speech and language therapists.

Other health professionals who are required to independently manage adults with dysphagia and who have access to an on-site supervisor can also enrol on this course.

You will explore a range of current main theoretical and clinical issues including the normal swallow across the lifespan, underlying causes of dysphagia, swallow screening and oro-motor assessment, and the clinical swallow examination.

This course provides only theory/knowledge, and not clinical placement or supervision. You will need to find an experienced local clinical supervisor if you wish to sign off your professional body's dysphagia competences to ensure that you are working safely within your own competence and skill. 

New Horizons in Aphasiology (4 months, 15 credits)

This course offers master's-level training in current clinical and theoretical units in aphasiology for speech and language therapists and other health professionals.

It has been designed and tailored for speech and language therapy (SLT) and other health professionals.

You will explore current main theoretical and clinical issues in three specialist areas:

  • language recovery in the brain;
  • connectionist modelling and aphasia therapy;
  • sentence and discourse therapy in aphasia.

Working with Bilingual Children and Their Families (4 months, 15 credits)

This course provides learning materials for speech and language therapists or those from related professions working with bilingual children with speech and language difficulties and their families. 

You will develop the clinical and professional knowledge and skills required to deliver an equitable service to this growing population.

You will explore a range of current main theoretical and clinical issues including bilingualism in the UK, working with interpreters, code-switching, and collecting speech and language samples in other languages using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Evidence-based practice in Speech and Language Therapy (two units)

These courses offer master's-level training in evidence-based practice methodologies for speech and language therapists and other health professionals.

They are unique because part of each unit is tailored specifically to service-level evaluations in health, education and social care.

The units offer the chance to tailor learning to your own needs - as well as to the needs of the services and populations you serve - before exiting the course with the tools to evaluate your service.

There are two units within this area for the credit-bearing route. These are taken as one unit for the non-credit bearing short course.

  • The evidence-based practice process and critical appraisal (5 months, 15 credits)

The course covers topics such as the scope of evidence-based practice in speech and language therapy and evidence-based questions, and external evidence, assumptions and myths, as well as quantitative research methods and hierarchies and levels in evidence-based practice.

  • Synthesis of evidence and service evaluation in speech and language therapy (5 months, 15 credits)

The course covers topics such as understanding interpreting outcome data, synthesizing evidence, making recommendations from bodies of evidence, practice-based evidence and its role in clinical decision-making, and qualitative research.

Each course will be delivered online, including 150 hours of study within the Blackboard e-learning platform using a range of audio and video presentations, online learning tasks including quizzes, reflection tasks, discussion boards, videos of patients and professionals and reading materials.

You will be able to access the materials throughout the course and will have full access to e-resources from The University of Manchester Library.

You will access learning materials and complete formative assignments at your own pace.

Special features

Expert teaching

This course is led by members of the Division of Human Communication Development and Hearing. Course tutors are all clinical experts with a strong record of publications and teaching expertise.

Teaching and learning

Many of the staff involved with our courses are actively involved in research (either scientific or pedagogical research).

Where possible, members of staff teach course units related to their research interests and are in a position to keep their teaching informed and up to date.

All the teaching staff are also clinically trained speech and language therapists or research psychologists with an interest in communication disorders.

Coursework and assessment

Each unit will involve both summative and formative assessment.

Formative assessment will take place throughout course, and successful completion of a written 3,000-word assignment concludes the course, awarding you 15 credits.

You will receive written feedback within one month of the submission deadline. The assignment task will vary depending on the unit you choose.

Course unit details

All units carry 15 credits at master's level.

All of the units are also offered as non-credit bearing. Please contact pgtaught.slt@manchester.ac.uk for details of non-credit bearing short courses.

On successful completion of each unit, students will be awarded a CPD certificate.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Evidence Based Practice & Service Evaluation in Speech & Language Therapy - Part A HCDI63541 15 Optional
Dementia: A Person Centred Approach NURS63570 15 Optional


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