Master of Research (MRes) in Speech and Language Sciences


Key facts

  • Number of scholarships: 1
  • Value: One year tuition fee
  • Opens: 6 April 2023
  • Deadline: 23 June 2023
  • Helps with: Tuition fees
  • Duration: 1 year


This Master of Research represents a unique opportunity for students to conduct a substantial research project in the area of Speech and 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.


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, cognitive science.

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

Subject eligibility

Speech & language therapy

Levels eligibility

Postgraduate Research

Study modes eligibility

Full Time

Fee Status

Home (Scottish), England or N. Ireland or Rep. Ireland or Wales

Student type


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Project details

Our MRes in Speech and Language Sciences offers students the opportunity to gain critical research skills by conducting a research project of interest to them. The course will prepare students well for PhD studies in the field of Speech and Language Sciences.

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 life span. Find out more information on our supervisors’ area of interests.

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

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.   

Semester 1:

  • 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.)

Semester 1 and 2:

  • Dissertation in Speech and 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 and Language Therapy team.)
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Further information

Please note: this scholarship covers home (Scottish)/Rest of UK tuition fees for one year. International candidates can apply, but if they are successful in gaining the award, they will need to pay the difference between the home and international fee.

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How to apply

The Speech and Language Therapy has one scholarship available for studying the new Master of Research in Speech and Language Sciences degree. This award will cover the home rate fees for one full year of study. We are interested in hearing from applicants whose research aligns with the interests of any of our supervisors.

Interested candidates should apply on the Speech & Language Sciences course page.

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
  • 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

You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your 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 along with a copy of your CV. Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from our 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.

When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

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Contact us

Postgraduate Research Director in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health –