MSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies
The aims of the course are to provide qualified Speech and Language Therapists/Speech-Language Pathologists with opportunities to advance their academic knowledge and professional practice skills with specific clinical populations. These courses provide additional clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to already qualified Speech and Language Therapists and do not serve as initial qualifications to practise as a Speech and Language Therapist.
Applicants choose one of several clinical specialisms, which they will study alongside academic modules.
Specialist clinical strands available as either full-time or part-time options are:
Specialist clinical strands available as part-time options only are:
- Acquired Communication Disorders
- Adult Mental Health
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication
Each specialist strand will only run if a minimum of five students register for that strand.
Applications are currently closed for the 2020/21 academic year and will re-open in October 2020. Successful applicants will start in September 2021. Late applications will not be considered and there are no other enrolment dates.
Full-time options take place over 12 weeks within the academic year. Part-time options take place over 6 teaching weeks in the first year and 6 teaching weeks in the second year. Each week consists of five full days of teaching. Students must attend Trinity College Dublin for these teaching weeks. Additional assignment work, self-directed learning, and clinical work must be conducted outside of these weeks.
Further information about the course structure is available in the General Course Handbook 2019-20 or General Course Handbook 2020-21. Classes are designed to facilitate overseas students and those in employment. Full-time students will attend classes on campus for two weeks per month. Part-time students attend classes on campus for one week per month. This allows students to use the remaining weeks to travel or work. This can be seen in the date schedule for the 2019/20 academic year and 2020/21 year.
On successful completion of this programme, graduates should demonstrate:
- Excellence in clinical practice through extending and enhancing their existing theoretical knowledge base with a critical awareness of new insights and developments within their chosen clinical specialist area.
- An ability to apply their existing scientific literacy skills to research and clinical practice.
- A comprehensive understanding and mastery of concepts, information and techniques relevant to research methodology.
- An ability to design and implement, with a degree of autonomy, and with due regard to ethical considerations, small-scale research studies in their chosen clinical specialist area. These studies will add to the existing professional knowledge base.
- An ability to communicate confidently with peers on their area of expertise through formal presentations and with the wider scholarly community through oral presentations and published articles.
- Sustained intellectual interest and critical thinking as professionals through application of scientific literacy skills in the pursuit of lifelong learning.
Students taking the MSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies will complete a clinical placement as part of their qualification. This will comprise 80 hours of clinical work (both face-to-face client contact and supportive work such as report writing). Those taking the Dysphagia specialist strand, who have not already completed a qualifying course in dysphagia will have to complete additional preparatory work. At least 40/80 clinical hours must be from client contact. Placements are organised by the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, but applicants who already have a placement site arranged when entering the course will also be facilitated. Clinical placements must be agreed with the Department. In addition to clinical placement hours, students must also complete a list of clinical competencies particular to their specialist strand.
Students will take the following modules:
- Advanced Clinical Skills (associated with chosen strand e.g. dysphagia, voice)
- Evidence Based Practice
- Research Methods 1 (quantitative focus)
- Research Methods 2 (qualitative focus)
- Research Methods 3 (mixed/multiple methods and research ethics focus)
The Dissertation module is associated with the research project that must be completed by the student. This module is taken in first year by full-time students and second year by part-time students. All other modules are in first year.
For further information about the content of each module, refer to the Module Handbook.
We accept applications from any person who meets the criteria below.
- Qualification: You must be a qualified Speech and Language Therapist or Speech-Language Pathologist. Your qualification must accredit you to practise in the country where you qualified. In some countries, accreditation is given by the government, a national professional association (e.g. ASHA, RCSLT), or both. In countries where the government and the national professional association accredit qualifications, your qualification must be recognised by both organisations.
- Grades: You must hold an honors undergraduate degree with an overall grade of II.1 or higher.
- References: During the application process, you will be asked to supply two the names and details of two academic referees. These are two lecturers (full-time members of academic staff and not visiting or casual lecturers), who will provide a written reference letter for you. They will be contacted automatically by TCD Academic Registry when you apply. We cannot accept referees who are clinical or managerial positions, only academic references are acceptable.
- English: If you are a non-native English speaker, you need to meet specific English language requirements. There are a number of English language tests that you can take and these are listed here Note that if you are taking the IELTS exam, you must take the academic IELTS and you must score both an overall grade of 6.5 or higher and have a minimum score of 6.5 in each band. Results from English language tests are valid for two years only. Applications that do not meet language requirements will not be considered for course entry.
Further Advice before Applying
- Applicants from outside the EU will require a study visa to attend the MSc programme. These are issued by the Irish government and can take some time to process, so apply early. The visa required for the programme is a ‘long stay study visa’. Further information can be found here. Please note that non-EU applicants are unable to apply for our part-time programmes, as visas are not provided by the Irish government to study on a part-time basis. Non-EU applicants can therefore only apply for full-time courses.
- Those taking English language tests should be aware that test centres often take a long time to issue results, so we encourage applicants to take their English language proficiency examinations as early as possible.
- Any official documentation from the university where you received your undergraduate degree and professional qualification (e.g. degree certificates, transcripts of results) that are not in English must be translated into English and certified by an official translation agency as a true copy.
- During the application process, you will be asked to complete a document that asks you to choose your preferred clinical specialist strands. If your application is successful, you will receive a notification from the Academic Registry to say that you have been accepted to ‘MSc Clinical Speech and Language Studies’ course. This is simply the title of the degree; strand preferences do not appear in the title, but you will be assigned the strand you have chosen in your application.
- Clinical specialist strands will only run with a minimum of five applicants students. We will typically be able to advise you whether your strand will run by July 31st at the latest.
- Accommodation in Dublin can be difficult to find. The university offers some support in this regard and further details can be found here. We can also put applicants in contact with one another (and usually with students who are already in the course), which has been helpful in the past.
Fees and Scholarships
Fees for the course are handled by the Academic Registry and can change from year to year. Current fees are listed here. There are different fee structures depending on whether you are an EU or non-EU applicant. Please note that EU status is not automatic by citizenship. For details about whether you qualify for EU fees, see this page. The fee structure also depends on whether you take the course as a full-time or part-time applicant.
The Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies do not offer scholarships or fee discounts. Trinity College Dublin however sometimes have scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. These can be found here. If you are not eligible for any of these scholarships, you may consider investigating whether the government of your home country has any scholarships available.
If you still have questions, you can contact the postgraduate programme coordinator (Dr. Ciarán Kenny) at: firstname.lastname@example.org.