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PgDip/ MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration) Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh



Course info


If you want to become a speech and language therapist and have a relevant degree (eg in linguistics or psychology), this course could open up a fascinating new career path for you. It is the only postgraduate pre-registration course in speech and language therapy offered in Scotland.

As a speech and language therapist you will give life-changing treatment and support and care for children and adults who have difficulties speaking and communicating. It can be a very varied and deeply rewarding career. This course will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and to practise as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

Why QMU?

  • The course is the only postgraduate pre-registration course of its kind in Scotland.
  • You will be taught by an expert team of clinical practitioners, linguists and researchers. We have specialists in all key clinical areas.

Course overview

As a speech and language therapist, you will assess, diagnose and treat children and adults with a wide range of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties.

On this course you will undertake both theoretical and practical learning through a range of taught academic modules and supervised clinical placements.


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the PgDip or the full MSc, either of which will qualify you to work as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching will include a mix of lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, clinical placement experience, case study analysis and individual project work. Emphasis will be placed on integrating clinical and university-based learning opportunities and on independent study. Your performance will be assessed by a combination of assignments, examinations and practical assessments.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

The course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and adheres to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists curriculum guidelines.


Most graduates work within the NHS in community clinics, schools and hospitals. Some graduates have gained research posts and some have gone on to achieve higher degrees.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PgDip/ MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration).

Full Time (30 months)

Tuition fees

Year 1: £16,900 Year 2: £16,900 Year 3: £3190 (dissertation fee).




Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University Drive,



EH21 6UU, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

Students need to have an Upper second class degree/masters level degree in relevant subject (biology, psychology or linguistics) is required. Experience of working with people with speech or communication impairments, for example through professional or voluntary work or shadowing a speech and language therapist, is desirable. International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 8.0 with no individual element below 7.5.

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