University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Language and Communication Impairment in Children

This course is for teachers, speech and language therapists, and other professionals working with children with special educational needs. You�ll develop your understanding of speech, language and communication and build on your existing skills. The course is delivered online, by distance learning, so you can gain a specialist qualification without having to leave your current job.

Entry requirements

A degree-level professional qualification, or a first degree, plus at least two years� experience of working with children. For the MSc: minimum 2:1 honours degree and two years� relevant work experience with children. English language requirements: IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Research methods a; research methods b (optional for PGDip). Optional modules for PGDip and MSc levels only: case study; speech difficulties 1: nature and investigation; speech difficulties 2: intervention and management; research methods b; literacy 1: assessments and constructs; literacy 2: difficulties and intervention; developmental disorders. For Developmental Disorders, you can choose up to two specialist topics for further study, such as: autism spectrum disorders; specific language impairment; language and behaviour; language and environment; learning difficulties; hearing impairment; auditory processing difficulties; alternative and augmentative communication; dysfluency; dyslexia; multilingual contexts; early years; adolescence. MSc students also complete a dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are normally assessed by written assignments. MSc students are also assessed on their research dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Distance learning - 12 months
PgDip Distance learning - 24 months
MSc Distance learning - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Telephone number: 
0114 222 2405