Course Details

Course Code(s):
2 Years
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
Application Deadline:


Name: Dr. Aoife Gallagher
Address: School of Allied Health Email:

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Brief Description

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 ( and is approved with CORU (

Programme Specific Frequently Asked Questions 

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. ( and is accredited with CORU (

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.

Programme Aims

  • 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
Year 1 Year 2

Semester 1

  • SL6061 Anatomy & Physiology for Speech & Language Therapists
  • SL6037 Speech, Language & Communication Needs in the Preschool Child
  • SL6029 Practice Education 1a: Supporting Communication
  • PR6031 Preparation for Practice 
  • SL6101 Foundations of Lingusitics & Phonetics

Semester 4

  • SL6079 Psychology for Speech & Language Therapists
  • SL6081 Acquired Disorders of Communication: Cognition & Context
  • SL6085 Audiology for Speech & Language Therapists
  • SL6087 Therapies & Technologies
  • CT6041 Research Project 2
  • SL6089 Practice Education 3 

Semester 2

  • SL6042 Linguistic Contexts
  • SL6048 Phonetics & Phonology for Speech & Language Therapy Practice
  • SL6052 Feeding, Eating, Drinking & Swallowing Disorders
  • SL6056 Speech, Language & Communication Needs in School Age & Adolescence
  • SL6058 Developmental Disabilities
  • SL6060 Introduction to Acquired Disorders of Communication: Stroke
  • SL6066 Clinical Reasoning
  • SL6049 Practice Education 1b: Clinical Skills for Speech and Language Therapists
  • ES6002 Research Methods for Education and Health Sciences

Semester 5

  • SL6078 Fluency
  • SL6080 Speech, Language & Communication in Special Populations & the Community
  • CT6052 Engaging through Complexity 
  • CT6042Innovation in Management for Health & Social Care
  • SL6082 Practice Education 4
  • CT6032 Research Project 3

Semester 3 - Summer

  • SL6063 Motor Speech Disorders and Voice
  • CT6023 Research Project 1
  • SL6073 Practice Education 2 (SLT)

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  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.

Garda Vetting

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 per annum*

Non- EU - €19,944 per annum*

*Please note year 2 fees are subject to change

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

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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.