Clearing 2021
Postgraduate Research Course

MPhil Speech and Language Therapy

MPhil Speech and Language Therapy


The details
Speech and Language Therapy
October 2021
3 years
Colchester Campus
Within our multidisciplinary School of Health and Social Care, we offer research supervision in the following fields:

  • analysis of large scale surveys
  • approaches to pain management
  • child and adolescent mental health
  • children with special educational needs
  • clinical decision making
  • clinical psychology
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • consumerism and consumption in health care
  • cross-cultural mental health
  • educational psychology
  • evaluation of psychological treatments
  • health-related social movements
  • health-related stigma
  • health services research
  • housing and health
  • how life events and conditions influence health
  • interpretative policy analysis of health care
  • mental health services
  • the third sector and health care provision
  • nursing theory and practice
  • political economy of health care
  • post-trauma responses/stress disorder/growth
  • professional/clinical education and practice
  • public health management
  • public health practice and policy
  • qualitative methods
  • quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies)
  • service evaluation and development;
  • Sickle cell and thalassaemia
  • social aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • social epidemiology and health inequalities
  • social inequality and health
  • social issues around health and the intersection of theories of delinquency and health
  • social organisation of health care
  • sociology of happiness and wellbeing
  • sociology of health and illness
  • sociology of mental health
  • sociology of risk
  • understanding and application of research in health settings.

This is not an exhaustive list of staff research interests and more can be found on our School website. However, if you are looking to carry out research in a different area to those listed, please contact us to discuss this further. We encourage the consideration of brief research proposals prior to the submission of your full application.

We also offer interdisciplinary programmes which form part of our University’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre’s pathways in Research Methods in Health and in Health and Organisational Research. This follows the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) introducing a new Postgraduate Training Framework, which changed the way it provides support for postgraduate training. Our Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) offers 16 fully-funded ESRC studentships across 21 doctoral pathways.

Please note that a doctoral pathway is the term used to describe the routes to postgraduate study, whether this is a one-year Masters followed by three years of doctoral research (1+3) or three years of doctoral research (+3) for those who have already completed a relevant Masters degree (from another ESRC-accredited DTC or one with a substantial methodological element). Essex has 21 doctoral pathways that are arranged into nine themed clusters and two of these are in the area of health. This includes Health and Organisational Research (offered in collaboration with Essex Business School) and in Research Methods in Health (offered in collaboration with our Institute for Social and Economic Research).
Why we're great.
  • We have research interest groups in ‘Developing Professional Practice’ and ‘Applied Health Research’, and host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.
  • Our staff are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.
  • A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Within our School of Health and Social Care, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan. Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

Specialist facilities

Within our School of Health and Social Care, our clinical laboratories use the latest equipment and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills. Further information is available on our website.

Your future

We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Potential research students are welcome to make preliminary enquiries directly to a potential supervisor within our School of Health and Care Studies, or more generally, through our Graduate administrator.

You may be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 (5.5 minimum component score)


Course structure

A research degree doesn't have a taught structure, giving you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge. A research degree allows you to develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. It can open doors to many careers.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained


Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.


Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms


Health and Social Care - Research

You undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your specialist area of practice.Dissertation workshops are held throughout the academic year which will help you to select a topic for your dissertation and provide guidance on writing up your research.

View Health and Social Care - Research on our Module Directory


Within our School of Health and Social Care, the length of time taken to complete your research degree is dependent upon the programme on which you are registered.

We offer a number of different research degrees meaning that your yearly timetable is agreed on an individual basis with your supervisor at the start of your programme of study.


Within our School of Health and Social Care, our professional doctorates can be studied flexibly between four and seven years. Decisions about the duration of the study period are based on your individual need and funded support.

Each programme comprises three elements of taught modules, work-based learning and original research through doctoral-level dissertation.

For your taught modules, you complete a research methods module to underpin your subsequent research work. You will be guided in selecting further module/s to meet identified deficits within your knowledge base but, in your first year, you complete Research Methods, an online learning module. You also attend occasional (approximately six) professional doctorate study days at our Colchester Campus, which provide face-to-face support for your research methods module, offer research workshops and provide portfolio development sessions. In your second year, you are required to attend weekly taught sessions. You undertake our module Theory and Method in Health Research and then you can choose between Statistical Analysis and Qualitative Research Methods, depending on your research focus.

For your work-based learning, you will create two portfolios of learning chronicling the development of expert practice. These portfolios are constructed from the specialist application of generic outcomes in areas such as risk and diagnostic reasoning. Your portfolios are submitted at the end of your first and second years.

For your original research through doctoral-level dissertation you undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your area of practice.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee


International fee


EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

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We hold open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, graduate employability, student support and more
  • talk to our Fees and Funding team about scholarship opportunities
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.


You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline and we aim to respond to applications within four weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

We encourage you to make a preliminary enquiry directly to a potential supervisor or the Graduate Administrator within your chosen Department or School. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.

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