MSpchLangTher Speech and Language Therapy / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2022

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

We consider applications for our three-year BSc and four-year MSpchLangTher courses together. Apply for whichever award you are interested in, as there will be the opportunity to transfer between these courses subject to academic criteria.

Everyone embarking upon a career as a healthcare professional should be aware of the  NHS Constitution , the principles and values of which are embedded in this course.


Previous guidance regarding mandatory vaccination for Covid for courses with a clinical or healthcare placement has been paused, in line with government advice. However both NHS England and NHS Improvement view getting vaccinated for healthcare staff and students as a professional duty. We therefore continue to highly recommend all students on this course to take up their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as they are eligible.

Interview requirements

Face-to face interviews are not required for entry to the programme.

Applications must include information on experience of voluntary or paid work with children and young people, and/or elderly people. This experience should be to provide support, or develop skills such as building confidence, facilitating learning, or providing social support to reduce isolation for this group of people. This experience should not be exclusively related to members of your own family or social group. Examples include volunteering for a charity, undertaking social responsibility work, or visiting and befriending schemes.

Experience of voluntary or paid work with people of any age with speech, language and communication disorders, or feeding and swallowing disorders is also welcomed.

Applications do not need to include direct observation of speech and language therapy. Many services are unable to provide observation opportunities and observation and/or participation in speech and language therapy sessions alone will not be considered sufficient experience. Experience of receiving speech and language therapy yourself is also not sufficient experience. Applications should, however, show enthusiasm and basic understanding of the role of the speech and language therapist. Such understanding would normally be developed by visiting relevant websites, watching documentaries and reading about speech and language therapy as a career and should not be limited to therapy undertaken by yourself or members of your family.

Returning to education

We welcome students who are returning to education after a period away from study. Returners typically make up a proportion of students on our course.

If you are returning to education, you should have completed some assessed study at level 3 in the five years prior to the start of the course.

Individual consideration is given to recent academic qualifications or other relevant experience. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience of health-related areas, especially in which there is some anatomy, physiology and/or psychology.

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Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from overseas students.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health screening

The University of Manchester is mindful of the health of both its students and of the public, with whom healthcare students come into contact on placement. If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department of Health to meet your offer conditions.

The health screening comprises completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and their General Practitioner and also a medical appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department, who will advise on any follow-up vaccination or other intervention which may be indicated.

See Higher Education Occupational Physicians/ Practitioners (HEOPS) Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Students - Standards of medical fitness to train [PDF] for more information.

See the HCPC guide for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


We accept deferrals for this course. Please note that if you want to defer entry to the course, you will still be required to attend interviews as part of the selection process during the current application cycle, rather than in the year of entry.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.