University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Communication Disorders

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last 3-4 years (PhD) or 1-2 years (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s). Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background. Communication disorders research is based in the internationally recognised Language Development and Disorders (LDD) group in the Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing (HCDH) providing an exciting and rewarding experience. At HCDH we have particular research strengths in the following areas of Communication Disorders: Specific language impairment (SLI) Social communication and pragmatics intervention research With further interests and collaborations around the development of language in autistic spectrum disorders. Postgraduate research study is personalised; flexibility is allowed for the research to evolve and investigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complemented by a training structure which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones. The project will usually be outlined by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind usually shared and discussed with the potential main supervisor. Alternatively, the project will be part of a research programme and such projects are usually outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study. It is important to note that a PhD in Communication Disorders is not a clinical qualification. Instead, it offers opportunity for in-depth study of a particular research question or set of questions.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold an honours degree in speech and language therapy or a related subject (e.g. Psychology or Linguistics) at a minimum 2:1 or international equivalent for PhD. Applicants should also have a proven interest in communication disorders. For the award of MPhil, applicants are expected to hold an honours degree in speech and language therapy or a related subject (e.g. Psychology or Linguistics) at a minimum 2:1 or international equivalent. Applicants should also have a proven interest in communication disorders. Applicants holding a Masters degree in a relevant subject are particularly encouraged to apply. For an assessment of individual entry qualifications, candidates should contact the School of Psychological Sciences directly. International Students: All International students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a research project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 32,500 per Year 1 (International) 36 months
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 36 months
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 36 months
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 36 months
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,000 per Year 1 (EU) 36 months
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,000 per Year 1 (England) 36 months
PhD Part-time September 2016 - 72 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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