Speech & Language Therapy - Professional Qualification

The MSc in Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification) is offered over two years full-time as a route to qualification for professional practice for applicants who have already attained a degree. The programme has approval from the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and is approved by CORU.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). The type of previous undergraduate degree awarded is not a limiting factor in terms of eligibility. Applicants should note that the Spelling and Grammar Waiver for students registered with the Disability Office is not applicable to the MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification) programme.

Candidates may apply to this programme in the final semester of an undergraduate programme and must produce evidence that all requirements for postgraduate study are met by the end of June in the year that the programme commences.

For candidates who meet this requirement, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test-Ireland) will be used as the sole instrument to select students for this programme.

Candidates applying to the MSc (Professional Qualification) In Speech and Language Therapy in UL must register for HPAT-Ireland + Written Component (Registration fee €160). This exam will take place on one date only in a number of different centres around Ireland.

HPAT Ireland exam date is 24th February 2018 and 23rd February 2019. For more information, see https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/

For international candidates the International Student Admissions Test; ISAT will be used to select candidates. ISAT exam dates: there are many exam dates from March to January each year. Applicants must have sat the exam by 31st January in year of which they wish to apply.


Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist applicants as deemed necessary.

Applicants should note that the Spelling and Grammar Waiver for students registered with the Disability Office is not applicable to the MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification) programme.

Garda Vetting

Successful completion of the Garda Vetting process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student. Click for information on Garda Clearance.

English Language Requirements
Where an applicant's first language is not English or they have not obtained their degree through English, applicants must satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University by completing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam (with an overall grade level of at least 8 and no score below 7 in any individual part).

Subjects taught

Year 1

Semester 1 Autumn

Foundations of linguistics and Phonetics, Anatomy & Physiology for Speech & Language Therapists, Speech; Language & Communication Needs in the Preschool Child; Practice Education 1; Preparation for Practice Education; Enquiry in Healthcare 1

Semester 2 Spring
Linguistic Contexts, Phonetics &
Phonology for Speech & Language Therapy Practice; Feeding, Eating, Drinking & Swallowing Disorders, Speech; Language & Communication Needs in School Age & Adolescence; Developmental Disabilities; Introduction to Acquired Communication Disorders: Stroke; Clinical Reasoning; Enquiry in Healthcare 2

Semester 3 Summer
Motor Speech; Disorders and Voice; Research Project 1; Practice Education 2.

Year 2

Semester 4 Autumn
Psychology for Speech & Language Therapists; Acquired Communication Disorders: Cognition & Context; Audiology for Speech & Language Therapists; Therapies & Technologies; Research Project 2; Practice Education 3

Semester 5 Spring
Fluency; Speech, Language & Communication in
Special Populations & the Community; Engaging
through Complexity; Innovation in Management for
Health & Social Care; Practice Education 4; Research
Project 3

Practice Education modules will take place at sites around the country


2 Years, Full Time

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