MMedSci in Clinical Communication Studies


Study mode: Full-time

Duration: 2 calendar years

Why choose Clinical Communication Studies at Sheffield?

The MMedSci (Clinical Communication Studies) is a two calendar-year course. It is designed to enable graduates in appropriate fields to study for a professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.

What is speech and language therapy?

Many children and adults have difficulties with communication. Speech and language therapists work with these individuals to help them to communicate. Speech and language therapists usually work with the individual as well as their families and carers. This can take place in the individual's home or in a clinic or hospital. Speech and language therapists who work with children usually do so in the child’s school or nursery in collaboration with teachers and other professionals.

There are many different types of communication problems. Some of these are well known, for example stammering, hearing loss and cleft palate. Others are less well known, such as head injury, autism and losing the ability to communicate after a stroke. Communication problems are complicated. The role of the speech and language therapist is to identify the type of communication problem and then how to help the individual to communicate more effectively. To do this, speech and language therapists study a range of subjects including biomedical sciences, psychology, linguistics and communication. They also need to develop clinical skills to enable them to work with individuals with communication problems.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health Professions Council are the two bodies that govern the profession in the UK. See links on the right of this page.

Programme Outline

The course is offered on a full-time basis over two calendar years. It is divided into 6 tracks of study.

  • Communication track: linguistics, psychology and how this relates to speech and language pathology.
  • Participation and Society track: the study of sociology and social and health psychology and impact on speech and language therapy.
  • Research track: research skills that are essential to providing evidence based health care.
  • Biomedical Sciences track: anatomy, physiology, audiology and neurology and how to link this medical knowledge to speech and language pathology.
  • Key Clinical Skills & Clinical Practice tracks: development of students´ clinical skills & professional competence to enable them to work with a range of clients with communication impairments.

Aims and Objectives

The aims of the course are:

  • To develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the graduate to work as a speech and language therapist.
  • To enable the graduate to develop the necessary competencies in order to assess and manage a range of communication and swallowing disorders at the appropriate entry-level to the profession.
  • To develop the relevant IT and research skills to equip the graduate to be active in evidence-based practice.


Year 1

Curriculum Track Module
Communication Lifespan Communicative and Cognitive Development
Language and Aphasia
Speech Processing 1
Speech Processing 2
Developmental Communication Disorders
Participation & Society Participation & Society
Research Methods Research Methods 1
Research Methods 2
Key Clinical Topics Interpersonal and Professional Skills
Introduction to Clinical Methods and Intervention
Clinical Placements Clinical Practice 1
Clinical Practice 2
Biomedical Sciences Biomedical Science

Year 2

Curriculum Track Module
Communication Cognition and Communication
Literacy, Numeracy and Other Symbolic Systems
Participation & Society Mental Health and Learning Difficulties
Research Methods Research Methods 3
Research Methods 4 (Dissertation)
Key Clinical Topics Counselling in the Speech and Language Therapy Context
Fluency Impairment
Voice Disorders
Transition to Professional Autonomy
Motor Speech Disorder
Clinical Placements Clinical Practice 3
Clinical Practice 4
Clinical Practice 5
Clinical Practice 6
Biomedical Sciences Neurology

Assessment methods

Students’ work on the course is assessed by various methods including formal examination, assignment, clinical presentation and clinical report. In addition, students are assessed on clinical placement via observation of sessions and viva examinations.

Teaching Methods

A range of teaching and learning methods are employed including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops according to the nature of the material to be learned. Students will also spend time on clinical placement.

Using a UK SLT qualification to work abroad

The MMedSci (Clinical Communication Studies) qualifies you to work in the UK as a SLT. Some Home/EU students may also consider working as SLTs outside the UK on qualification.

Registration of a UK SLT qualification outside the UK usually requires applicants to make a detailed application to the relevant nonUK body. In some cases, extra short course study (beyond what is offered in the MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies degree) may be required to meet overseas requirements. For further guidance, please see information from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) at:

The relevant sections on registering UK SLT qualifications overseas are in Chapter 2 of this publication.

It is not the responsibility of the University to prepare individual student applications for validation of the degree outside the UK. However, to help students acquire the type of documentation usually required for overseas validation, all students accepted on the course - UK, EU or Overseas - will be expected to maintain their own detailed record of course documentation (course overviews, module outlines, semester timetables) and clinical placements. This information will also be useful for CVs and to develop record-keeping skills for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) – a requirement of all UK Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered healthcare professionals.

How to apply

For more information please see:

Admissions Information for Home/EU Applicants

Admissions Information for Overseas (non-EU) Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions


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