201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Speech and Language Therapy - University of Reading

Prepare for a career as a qualified speech and language therapist and gain valuable experience of working with patients and an integrated master’s degree. At Reading, one of the top 10 universities in the UK for Aural & Oral Sciences (Complete University Guide, 2018), we offer you the opportunity to study all aspects of this most complex form of human behaviour. Benefit directly from our world-class research into subjects such as linguistics, language development, language pathology, and bilingualism. You will also be able to take advantage of our in-house speech and language therapy clinic, observational facilities, speech research laboratory and new sound recording room. The majority of our staff are practising speech and language therapists, and they will give you a direct insight into the latest developments in clinical practice. The course has recently changed from a BSc degree to an Undergraduate entry integrated Masters. The MSci has been identified as the best way forward to maintain quality and enjoyment of the programme and to support future employment. We are currently working towards accreditation from the RCSLT and in the Approval Process for the Health Care Professions Council to be completed when the course begins later this year. Graduates can apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and go on to work as a speech and language therapist. This course combines theoretical knowledge with clinical practice and you will gain hands-on experience right from the start. For example, in year one, during our "Child Development Assignment", you will be assigned a baby and go to home visits in order to observe its development over approximately 18 months. This will allow you to observe how a typically developing child develops, and enable you to develop your professional skills of interacting with parents and engaging with young children. Core modules focus on linguistics, psychology, medical sciences and language pathology. You will also cover therapy and management, that is, how to assess, diagnose and treat (or manage) communication disorders. In your final year you can pursue your own interests through optional subjects such as autism spectrum disorders or specific language impairments. You will have the opportunity to carry out both weekly and block placements through this course; these take place in a large range of clinical settings, including NHS organisations, schools and the private and voluntary sector. Placements are organised by our in-house team and are carefully selected in order to give you variety of experiences and the opportunity to work alongside enthusiastic professionals in a well-supported environment. The values of the course are aligned with those set out in the NHS Constitution. On graduation, you will have amassed around 600 hours' experience in observing and treating patients with communication and swallowing problems. This is in excess of the minimum number required by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. **Careers** On graduation, you can apply to work as a speech and language therapist. The integrated master’s element of the course develops further your analytical and critical thinking skills preparing you for your career path and provides a unique degree once you graduate. Most of our graduates choose this career path and go on to work within the NHS, education or the independent sector. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of workplace settings. In hospitals, Speech and Language Therapists provide services to clients on an in-patient and out-patient basis, with an increasing focus on outreach and intermediate care. They also work in other places such as health centres, day nurseries, schools and colleges, training centres, and care homes. Some speech and language therapists are employed directly in education, the voluntary sector or work in private practice. Or, you may decide to move into research or postgraduate study.

  • Qualification
    Master of Science - MSci
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £19,815