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Clinical Speech and Language Studies (M.Sc.)

1 year full-time and 2 year part-time

Course Description

The aims of the course are to provide qualified Speech and Language Therapists with opportunities to advance their academic knowledge and professional practice skills with specific clinical populations. These courses provide additional specialist qualifications to already qualified Speech and Language Therapists and do not serve as initial qualifications to practise as a Speech and Language Therapist.  

The two-year part time M.Sc. course takes place during twelve 5-day weeks spread over a 2-year period. There is an opportunity for students taking specialist strands in Dysphagia and Voice to do a one-year full time course. The full time course takes place during twelve 5-day weeks spread over one year.

All students must attend Trinity College for these teaching weeks. Additional assignments and clinical work must be completed outside of these weeks. During the M.Sc. course, students must complete a minimum of 80 hours clinical work in their chosen specialist area. Students who take the dysphagia specialist strand and who have not completed a qualifying course in dysphagia will have to complete additional preparatory work. These students must have at least 40 of the required 80 clinical hours supervised by Speech and Language Therapists recognised by the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Students should  where possible organise their own clinical work prior to commencing the course but must ensure that, where supervision is required, proposed supervisors have been agreed with the Department.  For the part time M.Sc. course, core and specialist modules are taught during Year 1; research project and dissertation are the main focus in Year 2. For full time students, core modules and a dissertation are completed in one year. Classes are timetabled to facilitate clinicians in employment and overseas students. Specialist Strands offered for 2020/2021: Acquired Communication Disorders; Dysphagia; Developmental Communication Disorders; Voice; Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Communication Disorders and Adult Mental Health.  Each specialist strand will only run if a minimum of five students registers for that strand.



Beatrice Manduchi, Italy

"I chose to attend this course because it is a unique opportunity for Speech and Language Therapists to specialise in research, while pursuing a specialist area of interest. This course is unique in Europe and Graduates from the M.Sc. are highly regarded by national and international Universities and employers. Through this course, I gained research experience and clinical expertise at the same time. I had the opportunity to work closely to research team of the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies and its worldwide-known experts in Speech and Language Pathology. At the same time, I developed specialised professional skills, while attending clinics and working alongside Speech and Language Therapists in my specialist area (dysphagia).

Through the Master, I created strong links with the institutes where I carried out my clinical placements, with teachers, professors, national and international researchers and I had the opportunity to present my research to international conferences.

I would recommend this course to any Speech and Language Therapist who wants to pursue a career in research and academia. This Master has been fundamental for the development of my career both as a researcher and professional. The course provides its students with a high specialisation in the field of Speech and Language Therapy which is globally recognised, and it opens wide range of employment opportunities to its graduates.

What’s make this course unique is the support and guidance provided by the supervisors and professors of the M.Sc. The teaching staff and research team of the Department personally follow the student along the entire course of the year, engage in one-to-one discussions, encourage professional reflections, offer individual teaching sessions and clinical demonstrations. Many opportunities of self-learning development are given to the student along the year, for example the numerous conferences and seminars organised directly from the Department and the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences.

As a Trinity student, you feel part of a community, where you are never left alone. Over the course of the year, I enjoyed many extra-curricular activities, met people from different cultures and took part to student support groups. The course offered me a wide range of opportunities, and I am currently employed full-time in Ireland thanks to the high-specialisation that now I hold with my M.Sc."  




Course Details


1 year full-time and 2 year part-time

Course Coordinator

Dr. Ciarán Kenny

Next Intake

September 2021

Closing Date

30 April 2021

Eligible candidates for the M.Sc. course should hold at least an upper second class honors degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies or an equivalent qualification in Speech and Language Therapy. Students for whom English is not a first language must obtain a minimum IELTS score (academic version) of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.5.
Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see for further details

Course Fees

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