Language Pathology

Newcastle University

24 months
19800 GBP/year
7800 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Language Pathology programme from Newcastle University is designed for those wanting to develop a career as a Speech and Language Therapist in the National Health Service or other settings. This practical course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.


Year one

In year one you'll cover the following modules that underpin the discipline:

  • psychology
  • linguistics
  • practical anatomy
  • physiology

You'll also begin to work on speech and language therapy (SLT) cases. These will give you your first experiences of working clinically under guided supervision.

Year two

In year two, more complex problems are set in speech and language pathology. This year is more specialised. You'll study topics including: dysphagia, ageing, dementia, mental health and psychiatry. There will be a focus on:

  • motor
  • fluency
  • voice
  • head and neck
  • cognitive impairment

Clinically-based research project

You'll carry out and write up a clinically-based research project (an extended case report). The report will be based on a therapy programme that you will deliver and evaluate to one client. You will be supported by a practice educator (clinical supervisor) and academic supervisor.

Teaching is delivered through case-based problem solving. This means you'll participate in guided self-directed learning and collaborate with your peers in group work.

You need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.

What you'll learn

What you'll learn

On completion of the programme, you will have an in-depth understanding of the causes, symptomatology and consequences of the range of human communication disorders. You'll also develop the clinical skills necessary for effective intervention practice.

You will also have a thorough awareness of relevant legislation, statutory codes and policy affecting speech and language therapy practice.



The programme is taught at Newcastle city campus and in a variety of internal and external clinical placements. The course runs from 9am to 5pm during weekdays from September to July in both years.

Clinical days may extend beyond a typical working day to allow for travel. This is an intense programme with approximately 25-30 contact hours per week. There is also the possibility of additional contact hours during clinical placements. You will undertake clinical placements in the summer months in both years.

You will complete compulsory modules which are supported by clinical placements from early on in both years.

Assessment is through:

  • course work
  • written examination
  • in-course assessments of the clinical practicum
  • viva presentations
  • class tests

An important element of year two is the extended case report. You'll:

  • manage a clinical case
  • provide intensive treatment
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment
  • write up your findings in dissertation format


The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. On successful completion of the programme you can apply to register with the HCPC and RCSLT as a speech and language therapist.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • MSc Phonetics 
  • MSc Speech and Language Pathology I: Cases 
  • MSc Child Development (Child Development and Speech Language Acquisition MSc) 
  • MSc Linguistics
  • MSc Speech and Language Pathology: Sensory
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Language
  • MSc Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan I: Neuropsychology
  • MSc Clinical and Professional Education 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

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

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any of the following fields:

  • psychology
  • neuroscience
  • linguistics
  • English language and literature
  • modern languages
  • a medical discipline, such as biomedical science or medicine

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19800 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7800 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Language Pathology
Newcastle University