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Welcome to the Department of Communication Therapy

The Department of Communication Therapy (CT) goes back to 1991 when it launched the first local degree programme of education and training in Communication Therapy (Speech and Language Pathology). The Department of CT aims to achieve excellence and develop international standing in the education and training of caring, accountable and autonomous Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs). This relatively small department is very active both in research and provision of programmes of study. It currently offers the following courses:

  • Full-time degree programme in Communication Therapy on a regular basis, which is geared towards the preparation of generic speech-language pathologists. This course offers the initial education of these practitioners;
  • Part-time postgraduate course leading to M.Sc. in Clinical Speech and Language Sciences;
  • Part-time postgraduate course leading to M.Sc. in Audiology;
  • Full-time/part-time postgraduate course leading to M.Sc. (by Research); and
  • Doctoral programme leading to the award of M.Phil./Ph.D.

The Department services other local and European Faculties/Institutes through the provision of theoretical courses as well as supervision and examination of research projects. Departmental staff members also share knowledge and skills with local and foreign service providers.

Departmental Staff

The Department of Communication Therapy includes five full-time members of staff and five visiting staff all of whom are qualified Speech Language Pathologists and most of whom hold doctoral degrees. Other visiting lecturers are appointed on a casual basis, including academics from other European Institutions.

Ongoing Research

The Department is very active in research and is involved in several ongoing projects. Most of the research within the Department is focused on the development and standardisation of novel diagnostic assessment batteries to identify local children with speech, verbal/written language and auditory processing difficulties. Other ongoing projects are related to fluency disorders; lexical skills in monolingual and bilingual young children; the development of a smart device for assessment and intervention with children having developmental language disorder; reading skills in individuals with Down Syndrome; assessment of written language difficulties including dyscalculia; reading comprehension intervention, otitis media in Maltese children; assessments for individuals with aphasia; exploring outcomes for individuals with aphasia; and perception of professionals and the general public regarding developmental language disorder. Departmental staff members are involved in several ongoing COST Actions.


Staff/Student Mobility

The Department of CT has been involved in staff and student exchange since its infancy. Over the years it has signed several bilateral agreements with European teaching establishments so that both incoming and outgoing mobility visits are implemented on a regular basis. The Department is also a member of the Speech Language Therapy International (SLT-IN) Consortium. Through the Consortium the Department strengthened its ties with European and International colleagues. One of the main activities of the Consortium is the annual Summer School which has been offered since 1993, under the European Erasmus Programme. This is a discipline related project, geared for speech language therapy (communication therapy) students and complements the regular course programme of the participating departments.  Students and staff work together for a week intensively on specialised topics within the relevant scientific and clinical field.


Professor Helen Grech
Head of Department

The Professor Donia Baldacchino Research Fund
The Professor Donia Baldacchino Research Fund

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Continuing Professional Development Study-Units

Each Academic Year, the Faculty of Health Sciences offers a number of Continuing Professional Development study-units for registered practitioners. The study-units are aimed to keep health professionals abreast of the continuing advances in the medical field and related technologies.

During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2018/9, the Faculty will be offering a number of study-units to registered professionals. Further details on this study-units to be offered may be accessed here.

Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Imaging (Ultrasound: Gynaecological and Obstetric)

This professional course is being delivered by staff members of the University or Malta as well as staff members from King's College London (KCL) via an electronic link. Staff from King's College London will be involved in the assessment and delivery of the course. KCL is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)


The course is set to commence in January 2019.


For more information on the course kindly follow this link.


To apply for the course, kindly follow this link


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