Entry Points (2021)

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.  

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 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.

4 years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)


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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

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
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Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the degree course will have a professional qualification and may work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Community Clinics/Health Centres
  • Day Centres
  • Rehabilitation Centres
  • Individuals' Homes
  • Child Development Centres
  • Hospitals
  • Mainstream and Special Schools
  • Language Classes

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Practice education begins in first year, when students visit pre-schools and centres for people with disabilities. Throughout the course, there is a combination of one-day weekly placements in the on-site clinic and block placements in the community where students are given the opportunity to learn under the supervision of a qualified speech and language therapist. The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) requires that speech and language therapists in training undertake a minimum of 450 hours clinical education, 300 of which must be with a speech and language therapist and 150 of which can be clinically related.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,208 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€4,868 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€24,340 p.a. 2022/23

Occupational Health Service
In year on students are required to pay a €200 fee towards a subsidised Occupational Health Service provided to students of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences in compliance with all relevant legislation and standards.

EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

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

What Our Students Say


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...


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