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.
The Master of Science degree is undertaken through an intensive programme of full-time study involving academic and placement modules over two years including summer study periods. Placement components form a cornerstone of studies in Speech and Language Therapy.
•Provide graduate entry studies (NFQ level 9) in the clinical health science specialty of Speech & Language Therapy to suitable applicants, resulting in the degree of Masters in Speech & Language Therapy (Professional Qualification)
•Prepare scientifically qualified practitioners who are ready to enter the challenging professional field of Speech & Language Therapy.
•Develop and maintain high quality clinical science research and teaching in the specialist field of Speech & Language Therapy at the University of Limerick.
•Provide graduates of the programme with the necessary academic qualification required to apply to register with the Speech & Language Therapy Registration Board.
On completion of the course, graduates will have the necessary skills to undertake:
•Effective and competent Speech & Language Therapy practice
•Assessment and diagnosis of human communication and swallowing disorders
•Treatment plans for the remediation of human communication and swallowing disorders
•Critical evaluation and application of the scientific evidence base in Speech & Language Therapy
•Ethically based professional actions
•Effective clinical reasoning & decision making with reference to evidence-based practice
•Effective change management
•Actions that support self-determination of all clients
•Actions that demonstrate the application of principles of reflective practice
•Collaborative and co-operative work with other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary teamwork environment
•Critical evaluation of the health and welfare legislation and service delivery in Ireland, Europe and internationally