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Childhood Speech, Language & Communication Needs

Your course
The aim of this MSc in Childhood Speech, Language, and Communication Needs (SLCN) 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.

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Primary degree with at least Second Class Honours OR an equivalent qualification. Applicants must be eligible to register with their appropriate professional or regulatory body.


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
With our interdisciplinary MSc, which combines online and face-to-face learning, you can continue your professional education and training in the principles and practice of working with children with SLCN.

Further enquiries

Dr Clare Carroll
T: +353 91 495 470

Dr Mary-Pat O'Malley-Keighran
T: +353 91 495 470


1. This course will suit a health, education, or social care professional, or someone who is interested in childhood communication impairments.

2. You will learn how you can engage, support, educate, and help children with SLCN (aged from birth to 18 years) in the clinic, classroom and community.

3. Graduates will learn how to facilitate the child with SLCN to participate in various contexts, and realise the full potential for communication.

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