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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 an honours degree. The programme has approval from the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (www.iaslt.ie/) and is approved with CORU (coru.ie)
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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 an honours degree. The programme has approval from the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. (www.iaslt.ie/) and is accredited with CORU (coru.ie)
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
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Semester 3 - Summer
Practice Education modules will take place at sites around the country
Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.
Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). The type of previous undergraduate degree awarded is not a limiting factor in terms of eligibility.
Candidates may apply to this programme in the final semester of an undergraduate programme and must produce evidence that all requirements for postgraduate study are met by the end of June in the year that the programme commences.
For candidates who meet this requirement, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test-Ireland) will be used as the sole instrument to select students for this programme.
Candidates applying to the MSc (Professional Qualification) In Speech and Language Therapy in UL must register for HPAT-Ireland + Written Component (Registration fee €160). This exam will take place on one date only in a number of different centres around Ireland.
HPAT Ireland exam date TBC For more information, see https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/ Please note your CAO number is not required for registration for the HPAT
For international candidates the International Student Admissions Test; ISAT will be used to select candidates. ISAT exam dates: there are many exam dates from March to January each year. Applicants must have sat the exam by 31st January in year of which they wish to apply.
Successful completion of the Garda Vetting process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student. Click for information on Garda Clearance.
Applicants should note that the Spelling and Grammar Waiver for students registered with the Disability Office is not applicable to the MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification) programme.
Applications must include:
- Qualification transcripts and certificates with official stamps where required
- A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate (long document)
- Completed consent to travel form
- Applications which do not provide all of the above will not be considered
- If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided - English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
English Language Requirements
- Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
- Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
- TOEFL – 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based)
- IELTS – composite score 7.5 and not less than 7 in any one component.
- English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
- GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
- University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
- GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
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EU - €10,636
Non- EU - €19,945
Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email email@example.com.)
Graduates will be eligible to practice in Ireland and will be eligible to apply for registration in other parts of the world. You will be able to work in a diverse range of environments including schools, hospitals and community settings and with a diverse range of clinical populations.