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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Clinical Speech and Language Sciences








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


The programme of studies aims to provide Speech Language Pathologists with the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge in the field of developmental communication disorders, that addresses current literature and evidence based practice. The course includes obligatory units related to Communication Skills and Collaborative Practice, Applied Basic Counselling Skills for Health, Professionals, Modes of Service Delivery and Research Methods. During the second year of studies students register for 3 out of 6 elective units related to specific developmental communication disorders. The final year is dedicated to a dissertation in a relevant area.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The overall intended learning outcomes are to integrate advanced knowledge with the practical applications of theory that leads to effective and efficient evidence-based professional expertise.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Having a Master degree in Clinical Speech and Language Sciences may improve candidates' employability prospects since they will be focussing on a specific area of clinical expertise. This postgraduate qualification would imply broader understanding of relevant theory, empirical evidence and implications for intervention, together with a deeper insight of personal qualities, communication and applied counselling skills that enhance service provision.

On completion of the M.Sc. in Clinical Speech and Language Sciences, candidates will be eligible to register for doctoral studies through the M.Phil/Ph.D. programme of studies.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The proposed programme is expected to attract graduates in Communication Therapy (Speech Language Pathology).
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor's degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a degree from this or another university which the Board considers as comparable to the degree indicated in sub-paragraph (a).

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of being in possession of the licence to practice in the register of the profession concerned, as kept by the relevant regulatory council.

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of work experience following registration with the relevant regulatory Council, in the proposed area of study or area of specialisation, if applicable. The minimum number of years of experience required shall be indicated at the time of the call for applications.

The Board shall recommend to Senate the number of applicants that may be allowed to register for the Course, depending on the availability of resources. The Board shall announce the areas of study/areas of specialisation and the number of available places at the time of the call for applications.

The maximum number of applicants that can be admitted into the course is 10 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class,
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study, and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the course shall be considered first.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants may be required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 21 March 2017
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Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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