(Structured PhD) Speech and Language Therapy

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences,
School of Health Sciences

Course overview

The Discipline of Speech & Language Therapy aims to stimulate, conduct and disseminate high quality research in language, communication, eating/drinking/swallowing, and education which will have a significant impact on speech and language therapy practice and education. At this point we can offer a Structured PhD in Language Science which is open to graduates with clinical and non-clinical degrees. For applicants who are not qualified speech and language therapists, this degree does not provide a qualification in speech and language therapy.

Programmes available

Structured PhD (full-time, four years)

Structured PhD (part-time, six years)

Entry requirements

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

Additional entry requirements
Candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.

Areas of interest

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language and cognition
  • Language structure

Researcher profiles

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PAC code

Structured PhD,
full-time - GYP18
part-time - GYP36

Current project

Representation of verbs and their arguments structures in a bilingual lexicon.

Language acquisition in native speakers of Irish observed through narratives.

Noise exclusion ability in children with language disorder.

Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2015/16

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Current Students

Sarah Berthaud

PhD (Language Science)

"The PhD programme is suited for anyone interested in psycholinguistics, language acquisition and impairments, bilingualism or linguistics in general. Not only are students given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in general areas but they can also acquire skills in specific areas such as research methodology ."

Latest News

Speech and Language Therapy , School of Health Sciences and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge have started an exciting collaboration on establishing developmental norms for native speakers of Irish with a final aim to construct language assessment tools in Irish.   Being the first collaborative work of this kind in the Republic of Ireland, it attracted funding from An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG) who provided the University with two research fellowships for students undertaking a PhD in Language Sciences. Ms. Sarah Ann-Muckley and Mr. Ciarán Lenoach have commenced their PhD studies on 1 st October under supervision of Dr. Stanislava Antonijevic and Dr. Conchúr Ó Giollagáin.