MSc/PGCert/PGDip Acquired Communication Disorders

University of Sheffield

M.Sc. On Campus Online
12 months
23750 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This MSc develops your knowledge of the most up-to-date approaches and theoretical and clinical issues in the field of acquired communication disorders.


This course is for speech and language therapists/pathologists, linguists, psychologists or others with a relevant background who have an interest in acquired communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and the communication difficulties secondary to dementia or traumatic brain injury.

The MSc will provide you with an up-to-date understanding of the main speech and language theoretical and clinical issues and approaches in this field and the implications of these findings for clinical intervention.

The course is offered on a full time or part time basis, over the full calendar year. Students can enrol on the PG Certificate (60 credits), PG Diploma (120 credits) or MSc (180 credits). Students may transfer from one course to the other in the summer of each year.Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to develop:

  • an understanding of current research and recent clinical developments within acquired speech and language disorders including aphasia, dysarthria, and the communication difficulties associated with dementia and traumatic brain injury
  • an understanding of both impairment-focused analytic approaches to these disorders including neuropsychological and psycho-linguistic perspectives, and functional approaches, including communicative, psychosocial and interactional perspectives
  • knowledge of current intervention methods in the treatment of acquired communication disorders which draw on both impairment-focused and functionally-focused approaches
  • competency in quantitative and qualitative research design and methods relevant to analysing and carrying out intervention for these speech and language disorders

Programme Structure

For the Post-Graduate Certificate, students will take:

  • Acquired Language Disorders
  • Acquired Speech Disorders
  • Methods in Clinical Linguistics
  • Developing an Evidence Base for Practice

For the Post-Graduate Diploma: in addition to the above, students will also take:

  • Research Methods A
  • Research Methods B (for MSc students and for PG Dip students wishing to progress to the MSc)
  • and two option modules

For the MSc, in addition to the above, students will also undertake a dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

At least a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline such as speech and language therapy/ pathology, linguistics, education or psychology.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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MSc/PGCert/PGDip Acquired Communication Disorders
University of Sheffield