MRes Speech & Language Sciences

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Research opportunities

This Master of Research represents a unique opportunity for students to conduct a substantial research project in the area of Speech & Language Sciences undertaken over one year. Students will gain important research skills by taking at least one 20-credit research training class from the following:

  • C8939 - Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • C8990 -  Research Methods in Clinical Health Psychology

This will prepare them well for their dissertation, which represents a significant component of the course. The MRes is suitable for recent graduates, who wish to advance their research skills in the field as well as candidates, who wish to consider subsequent PhD studies. MRes students will be supported by two supervisors throughout their studies.

Research areas

Our research focuses on all aspects of diagnosis and treatment of people with communication problems. We also have a strong interest in understanding typical characteristics of speech and language across the lifespan.


Our department is equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound tongue imaging technology for the study of speech sound disorders in children and sociophonetics.

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Course content

The MRes involves a minimum of 20 credits of a taught element (strong focus on research methods skills) and 160 credits of independent research study supported by members of the academic research team.

C8939 - Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology

This class aims to provide advanced training in quantitative statistics, and to equip students with the statistical knowledge that is needed to support the interpretation of results from previous research.

C8990 - Research Methods in Clinical Health Psychology

This class covers a range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and explores relevant research aspects of clinical health such as evidence, evaluation, ethical issues and experimental designs.

Dissertation in Speech & Language Sciences

This dissertation module forms the main part of the MRes and is worth 160 credits. Students will undertake a piece of extended, independent research on a chosen topic related to speech and language sciences under the supervision of a staff member from the Speech & Language Therapy team.

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent.

The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You require to have a first-class or upper second-class UK undergraduate degree, or overseas equivalent, in speech and language pathology or a related subject such as linguistics, psychology, or cognitive science.

English proficiency

You also need to show evidence of an appropriate level of English proficiency for applicants with an overseas qualification.

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Fees & funding

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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England, Wales & Northern Ireland





Take a look at our funding your postgraduate research web page for funding information.

Find out about our Master of Research in Speech and Language Sciences Scholarship.

You can also view our scholarships search for further funding opportunities.

Postgraduate research opportunities

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Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Name Area of Expertise 
Dr Joanne Cleland 
  • speech sound disorders in children including, cleft lip and palate
  • persistent speech sound disorders
  • motor speech disorders in children
  • instrumental phonetic techniques for the assessment and treatment of speech disorders, particularly ultrasound 
Dr Wendy Cohen 
  • speech disorders in children and adolescents
  • voice disorders in children and adolescents
  • communication disability in those with an associated genetic condition
  • clinical Education and Professional Development 
Dr Maria Dokovova
  • speech processing
  • phonetics and phonology in multilingual adults
  • articulatory assessment of children with speech sound disorders and cleft lip and palate
Dr Anja Kuschmann 
  • motor speech disorders in adults and children, in particular, due to cerebral palsy
  • typical speech production across the lifespan
  • speech development in multilingual children
  • use of acoustic and perceptual analyses of speech for the assessment of speech disorders
Dr Eleanor Lawson
  • articulatory phonetics
  • articulatory sociolinguistics
  • vocal tract visualisation
  • speech accommodation
Professor Anja Lowit  
  • motor speech disorders
  • prosody
  • voice
  • bilingualism
  • telehealth


Our research

Our research focuses on advancing our theoretical understanding of speech and language difficulties to developing and testing novel management approaches that impact directly on patient wellbeing and service delivery.

Find out more about our research

Child holds four fingers up while being assessed by a language therapist.

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We strongly advise you contact one or more potential supervisors or the Postgraduate Research Director (, before completing the online application. Please click on the ‘Supervisors’ tab above for further information.

Entry requirements

You require to have a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in speech and language pathology or a related subject.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language. For postgraduate studies, we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent (no individual test score below 5.5, the test must be taken within two years of the programme start date)
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.


You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you make an online application, preferably as soon as possible. When you've identified a potential supervisor, based on how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself. In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal around 1,000 words, along with a copy of your CV.

If your chosen supervisor is available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor.

Accepting an offer

When you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

Start date: Sep 2025

Speech and Language Sciences

Start date: Sep 2025

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Speech and Language Sciences

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Postgraduate Research Director