Speech and language therapists work collaboratively with children and adults of all ages who are experiencing challenges with speech, language and communication and/or eating, drinking and swallowing. We work closely with parents, carers and families, as well as many other professionals, to identify, assess and offer support to people in many, different ways. Speech and language therapy really is a rich and varied profession.
At DMU, you’ll study a wide range of topics across the three-year programme – including phonetics and phonology, psychology, medical sciences, linguistics and language development. As the course progresses, you’ll learn more about communication disabilities, evidence-based practice and intervention and have opportunities to develop your own focus in your final year dissertation project.
Alongside your academic studies, each year you’ll undertake practice-based learning, including weekly and block placements in a range of settings, such as schools, hospitals, care homes and in the community. This enables you to apply your learning to practice and develop your clinical and professional skills in real-life situations.
- Our course is approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to practise as a professional.
- Varied practical opportunities, right from the beginning of year 1, will enable you to build your essential clinical and professional skills.
- We have a strong focus on developing inter-professional skills and include specific events and activities in each year, working with other health and education students to understand and make the most of effective collaborative working.
- We have well-established links with East Midlands NHS, school and independent providers to ensure a dynamic and clinically relevant curriculum.
- We have a clear emphasis on employability throughout our teaching and learning, as well as inviting employers, newly qualified and experienced SLTs to share their knowledge and perspectives to support your transition from student to SLT.
- You could gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous students have visited schools and community groups in India, supported deaf children in The Gambia and taught English to children in Bangkok.
Structure and assessment
- Professional Practice Education 1
- Introduction to Linguistics and Language Acquisition
- Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
- Medical Sciences
- Communication Disability and Psychology
- Professional Practice 2
- Clinical Linguistics Assessments
- Intervention 1: Language and Cognition
- Intervention 2: Speech and Swallowing
- Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods
- Professional Practice 3
- Transition to the Workplace
- Intervention 3: Specialist Settings
- Speech and Language Therapy Project
- Language, Interaction and Society
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
This course includes compulsory placements; and is an essential component for the completion of the course, and will necessarily involve all students travelling to placements across the East Midlands.
You will develop your clinical and professional skills in a variety of weekly and block placements in excess of 150 sessions over the course. These will be based mostly in the East Midlands. Placements are typically provided by NHS, educational establishments, social care settings and private providers in:
- Day Centres
- Home visits
You will be working with clients from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all ages
You will have to abide by the protocols associated with work-based learning, for example uniform and dress code policy, confidentiality, information governance
Terms 1 and 2 child language groups (10 weeks), adult conversation partners(10 weeks), learning difficulties (5 days)
Term 1 – placement in the SLT centre, one day per week.
Term 3 – block placement (5 weeks)
Two days of dysphagia placement.
Term 2 – SLT block placement (10 weeks)
Our graduates are highly sought after by Speech and Language Therapy Providers. They work in both NHS and private organisations and in medical, educational and social care settings. They work with clients across the lifespan often in multidisciplinary teams.
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.
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