Childhood Speech Language & Communication Needs

The aim of this MSc in Childhood Speech, Language, and Communication Needs is to provide a critical and conceptually sophisticated understanding of children with SLCN and the contexts of their lives. This programme has been designed to meet the needs of busy practitioners who need to keep up to date with the emerging evidence base when working with children with SLCN in the clinic, classroom, and community. (Note: it is not a professional qualification in speech and language therapy.)

Our flexible blended learning approach, combines face-to-face workshops (e.g., two days per module) and online learning to support you as a busy practitioner with many competing demands on your time. Course activities and skills training enable you to apply knew knowledge and skills directly in the clinic, classroom, and community.

Subjects taught

Course Outline
The programme is comprised of five core modules (compulsory) plus a minor dissertation. The core modules are:

Advanced Research Methods
Narratives in Childhood
Using Evidence in Practice
Cultural, Linguistic, & Social Diversity in Health & Education
Supporting children with SLCN
Dissertation (thesis) (year long)
Assessment is by continuous assessment in each module.

Entry requirements

Primary degree with at least Second Class Honours or an equivalent qualification.


1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2024

Closing Date 15 August 2024

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Career Opportunities
Are you a health, education, or social care professional? Or someone who is interested in childhood communication impairments?
Do you want to learn how you can engage, support, educate, and help children with SLCN (aged from birth to 18 years) in the clinic, classroom, and community?
Do you want to learn how to facilitate the child with SLCN to participate in these contexts, and realise their full communication potential?
With our interprofessional MSc, you are gaining specialist knowledge of working with children with SLCN. You can then apply this knowledge in your specific professional context and future career.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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