• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme from the University of Birmingham, is aimed at teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children, young people and students in further and higher education at pre-16 and FE/HE education levels who have difficulties with learning literacy skills.


The  Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme from the University of Birmingham provides a broad and critical perspective of language literacies and literacy difficulties/dyslexia through sociocultural and cognitive research, as well as education policies. It embraces school and further educational demands of literacy skills, the demands of family and social literacy practices, and peer demands of new literacies, such as digital literacies. The programme establishes the fundamental relationship between language and literacy in typical and atypical development. Students study literacy difficulties/dyslexia in contexts of monolingual, multilingual (e.g. FL/SL/AL) and multimodal (e.g. digital literacies).

Studying at a distance means you can work from anywhere, such as in your home or workplace in the UK or overseas. All your studies will be in English and it is a requirement that you practice in an educational context of monolingual, additional English (EAL/ESL/EFL) or other languages. Reference would be made to contexts that are bi/multilingual and multimodal.


The aim of the Language, Literacies and dyslexia course is to enable practitioners to identify/assess and support learners with literacy difficulties at various levels (primary, secondary, FE/HE) - in monolingual and bi/multilingual contexts. The PGCert level of this course focuses on monolingual education while one aspect of the PGDip level of the course (second module) focuses on bi/multilingual, SL, FL, AL learners with literacy difficulties. Your MEd dissertation can be in any area associated with the field of literacy difficulties/dyslexia.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dyslexia, language and literacies in development 
  • Key perspectives on dyslexia – The Graduated Approach 
  • Intervention and curriculum management for specific learning difficulties    
  • Identification and assessment of specific learning Difficulties (SpLD)/Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia in multi/bilingual environments 
  • Special Studies in Special Education

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Part-time
              • Average part-time duration 36 months
              • Intensity Flexible
              • Duration description
                Duration - MEd - 3 years; PGDiploma - 2 years; PGCert - 1 year.
            • Credits
              180 alternative credits
              • First year (Postgraduate Certificate - PGCert) 60 credits
              • Second year (Postgraduate Diploma - PGDip) 120 credits
              • Third year (Masters - MEd) 180 credits
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
            • More information Go to the programme website

            English Language Requirements

            • Minimum required score:


              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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            • Minimum required score:


              The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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            Academic Requirements

            You need the following GPA score:

            Required score: Upper Second Class

            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

            General Requirements

            Applicants need to have: 

            • a degree (2.1 or equivalent)
            • access to at least one typically developing learner
            • professional access to working with learners who have literacy difficulties, e.g. as a teacher, teaching assistant, SLT, OT. Access in parental or voluntary capacity does not meet this criterion
            • opportunities to work with at least three learners with literacy difficulties
            • access to filming yourself for the observed practice tasks engaging in specialist teaching with selected learners
            • two years professional practice experience is highly recommended for Masters level study in literacy difficulties. For those seeking BDA certificates (ATS/APS, AMBDA) a minimum of two years of teaching experience is essential

            Work Experience

            At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              5665 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 5665 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
            • EU/EEA

              3571 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 3571 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
            • PGCert/PGDip/PGDip (AMBDA enhanced): £3,225
            • MEd (AMBDA enhanced): £3,571


            • PGCert/PGDip/PGDip (AMBDA Enhanced): £5,665
            • MEd (AMBDA Enhanced): £5,665

              Living costs for Birmingham

              • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
                Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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              • The loan will be paid directly to you, into a UK bank account.

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