Bachelor of Science (Speech and Language Therapy)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

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Speech and Language Therapy

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Studying Speech and Language Therapy

Course overview

Speech and language therapists enable people with communication disorders and swallowing disorders to achieve their maximum potential. They are involved in assessing their clients’ communication and swallowing difficulties, and developing treatment programmes to meet their needs. They work closely with other members of the team, such as nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, teachers, etc, and work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary care health centres and schools.

The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) require that those in training have a minimum of 450 hours clinical education, 300 of which must be with a speech and language therapist, and 150 clinically-related. In their first year, students visit preschools and centres for people with disabilities, and throughout the course, qualified speech and language therapists supervise the students in training during their work-placement.  

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting and Medical Clearance requirements.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 520 - 575

A Level Grades (2013): A*A*BC (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 25

Course outline

Year 1

  • Psychology I
  • Human Body Structure
  • Human Body Function
  • Practice Education I
  • Professional Studies I
  • Linguistics I
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Communication Impairments & Dysphagia I


Year 2

  • Psychology II
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Practice Education II
  • Professional Studies II
  • Research Methodology II
  • Linguistics II
  • Communication Impairments & Dysphagia II


Year 3

  • Psychology III
  • Practice Education III
  • Professional Studies III
  • Research Methodology III
  • Linguistics III
  • Communication Impairments & Dysphagia III


Year 4

  • Practice Education IV
  • Professional Studies IV
  • Research Methodology IV

Further education

Graduates can go on to higher degrees in the field of science and health.

Find out more

The School of Health Sciences
Speech and Language Therapy
T 353 (0)91 492957
F 353 (0)91 495540
E healththerapies@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/speech_language_therapy/

CAO code

GY503

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €8,092 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €5,118 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Jenna O' Neill

BSc (Speech and Language Therapy)

"...This course really appealed to me due to the broad range of subject areas covered, taking in psychology, linguistics, anatomy and physiology. The best part of the course was the clinical placements which give you the opportunity to link what you are doing in the classroom to its practical application. It also provided great insight into the range of possible working environments, from hospitals to schools and community clinics. It is a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding course which leads on to a great career..."