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PhD, MPhilSpeech & language therapy

Research opportunities

We offer two research degrees in Speech & Language Therapy.

You can study an MPhil over one year or a PhD over three years. You also have the option of studying on a part-time basis.

Both degrees are available in any of our research groups:

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme 

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • the knowledge & intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • the personal qualities to succeed in your research & chosen career
  • the standards, requirements & conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others & communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.

Supervisors

NameAreas of expertise
Joanne Cleland 
  • Speech sound disorders in children, cleft lip and palate, Down’s syndrome
  • Persistent speech sound disorders
  • Motor speech disorders in children
  • Instrumental phonetic techniques for the assessment and treatment of speech disorders 
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 
Anja Kuschmann 
  • Developmental and acquired motor speech disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Foreign Accent Syndrome
  • Prosody and intonation
  • Speech intelligibility
  • Acoustic and perceptual analyses of speech
  • Use of technology in Speech and Language Therapy
Anja Lowit 
  • Communication disorders
  • Acoustic speech analysis
  • Prosody
  • Motor speech disorders 

Fees & funding

Fees

2018/19

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,260*

Rest of UK

  • £4,260*

* Please note that 2018-19 PGR entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period

International students

  • £13,000

Funding

Have a look at our scholarship search for any funding opportunities available.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

We strongly advise you contact one or more potential supervisors or the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Marc Obonsawin, before completing the online application. Please click on the ‘Supervisors’ tab above for further information. Then, when you are ready, you can complete the online application.

Entry requirements

We look for students with a first or a 2:1 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 & certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • 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 & 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.

Supervisors

You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalist your application, preferably as early as possible.

When you've identified a potential supervisor, based upon 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 along with a copy of your CV for the supervisor to look at.

Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from the School of Psychological Sciences and Health to refine it.

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

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus; our online application system.

If you accept our offer, you'll then be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

Once 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.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for all our research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with out workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Careers

We have a great careers service that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have loads of different support for all students here at our University. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

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