MSpchLangTher Speech and Language Therapy / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

Our four-year MSpchLangTher Speech and Language Therapy course will prepare you to work as a speech and language therapist who treats, supports and cares for those with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing problems, as well as opening up a path into postgraduate research and/or a research career.

Depending on your performance in Years 1 to 3, you will have the opportunity to extend your studies by a year to undertake an integrated master's. Otherwise, you will earn a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy  at the end of Year 3.

You will develop the core theoretical knowledge and specialist clinical skills required by the speech and language therapy profession while learning the academic study skills you need to earn a higher education qualification.

Our course places particular emphasis on scientific thinking, preparing you to incorporate clinical enquiry into your chosen career path. You will gain practical, hands-on experience through placements.

You will be able to register with the  Health and Care Professions Council  and the  Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists  after graduation. MSpchLangTher students will only be able to go into practice after the end of their fourth year.

Special features

Extensive placement experience

Gain practical experience and team-working skills through three block placements totalling 16 weeks of hands-on work, which we organise for you.

Get involved

Help promote speech and language therapy as a profession through our Speech and Language Therapy Society, which has been highly commended in the University's annual Making A Difference Awards for social responsibility.

Careers help

In your final year, you will study a careers-focused course unit to help you prepare for the world of work.

Additional course information

We work on numerous collaborations with multidisciplinary colleagues at the University.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through:

  • interactive, enquiry-based lectures and supporting tutorials;
  • independent study
  • research projects
  • individual and group projects
  • web-based study
  • clinical practice placements with a service provider, such as the NHS

Master's-level study in the fourth year will allow for more student choice and for a more personalised and student-led approach, predominantly taking the form of independent or small group learning.

You will learn from a number of award-winning leaders in speech and language therapy education. A number of our staff hold fellowships from the Higher Education Academy.  

You will be assigned an individual academic adviser who regularly offers general academic and personal support. On starting the course all first year students are matched with a Speech and Language Therapy student peer mentor from a higher year group, who offers group and individual suppose and advice on various aspects of student life in Manchester.

You can also take part in Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) where students provide support and facilitation of learning for specific course units. Learn more about  support for our students .

This course is very much full-time and you need to ensure you are available between 9am and 5pm five days a week, although some of this time may be spent off campus in private study or directed reading.

We do, however, understand the needs of those with dependants, and always try to give plenty of warning of changes to timetables and offer more convenient times where possible.


We partner with more than 66 organisations across the north-west of England, with a small number of charities, schools and private companies in addition to large NHS Trusts that provide placements for our students.

We endeavour to provide you with at least one placement with children and young people and one with adults across your time on the course.

You will experience a range of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders while on placement, which could include:

  • development language disorder (DLD)
  • speech sound disorder (SSD)
  • dysfluency (stammering)
  • dysphonia - voice disorders
  • aphasia - language disorder following a stroke or other trauma
  • dysarthria and dyspraxia
  • word finding difficulties
  • dysphagia - eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties
  • reading and writing disorders

You will also consider the diversity of clients accessing services across the UK. This includes bilingual clients who speak languages other than English, clients from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and trans and non-binary clients who have no disorder but wish to change their voice and communication to match their gender presentation.

As a student on this course participating in clinical placements arranged by The University of Manchester as part of your degree, you are covered by the public liability insurance of the placement provider organisation and protected by the indemnity insurance cover of your supervising clinician, who will be a registered member of the HCPC and RCSLT. 

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your learning through written exams, written assignments, presentations and vivas.

Course unit details

The first three years of the course involve academic and practical work, including a considerable amount of clinical experience. We work closely with local service providers, including the NHS, to make sure that we prepare you to meet the highest possible workplace standard.

In the first year, study focuses on developing intellectual skills and understanding of typical speech, language and swallowing.

The second and third years include units on clinical linguistics and phonetics, and research, but much of the time is spent studying disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing, and approaches to assessment and intervention and also in gaining clinical experience.

In the fourth year, there is opportunity to carry out a piece of clinical research and to pursue your individual academic and clinical interests in master's level study.

Course content for year 1

You will study foundation science subjects as they apply to speech and language therapy (clinical research, biomedical sciences, phonetics, linguistics, psychology and sociology).

You will also undertake professional orientation and preparation towards your first four-week block clinical placement in the north-west region.

Course content for year 2

Drawing on your clinical experience from Year 1, study focuses on developmental communication and swallowing disorders, as well as those acquired in adulthood. Study is more clinically focused in clinical linguistics, phonetics and research methods.

Professional preparation continues towards your six-week block clinical placement.

Course content for year 3

You will apply more critical thinking to your studies as you move towards professional autonomy in your final year.

Study builds upon Year 2, considering those living with lifelong disability, as well as acquired neurological disorders and developing advanced research skills in your particular areas of interest.

There is professional preparation towards your final six-week block clinical placement and, looking beyond this, to preparing you for employment as a speech and language therapist.

If you wish to proceed to the MSpchLangTher integrated master's in Speech and Language Therapy at the end of Year 3, you will be required to have achieved a year average of 60% minimum in Years 1-3 to be considered.

Course content for year 4

You will progress to master's-level study in research methods and will have the opportunity to complete your own supervised clinically related research project.

Additionally, you will choose from a range of specialist course units to pursue your individual academic and clinical interests in small group learning.

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .


Our Speech and Language Therapy students can access our own resource room, which is continually updated to incorporate the most commonly used clinical assessment and intervention materials in the field.

We also have access to dedicated technical support, with rooms available for preparation of presentations and video or audiotape analyses.  

University facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive  teaching and learning facilities  and  library and online services  to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:

The Health and Care Professions Council also has some  guidance for prospective students for health professions courses .