Research Degrees in

Speech and Language Therapy

in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Do you have a burning research question that’s arisen from your professional practice? Do you want to advance or change your career, focus your knowledge or enhance your clinical speciality? Then a full-time or part-time research degree may be for you.

Exciting opportunities are available in Speech and Language Therapy to study for the research degrees of:

  • MPhil
  • PhD
  • PhD by Published Work

Speech and language therapy research at Manchester Met takes place in a friendly and supportive environment, with all SLT lecturing staff involved in research projects. There is an active Communication Disability Research Group and the North West Qualitative Research Group in Health is based at our Manchester campus.
During your research degree you will have the opportunity to be part of the Annual Conference and benefit from experienced supervisors and the wide variety of postgraduate activities, including the University’s research development programme and postgraduate research passport, Faculty based research training and an exciting range of research seminars. Collaborative work across faculties and research institutes is also available.

Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, key research areas include:

  • Adolescence and language and communication delay
  • Aphasia
  • Assistive Technology
  • Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Clinical decision making
  • Dysphagia
  • Early language development
  • Hearing impairment and memory
  • Language development and temperament
  • Language development in the early years educational context
  • Service user involvement in research and clinical care
  • Profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • Communication disability in under-served communities, including in low and middle income countries

Current and recent funded research projects include:

  • NIHR HS&DR: Project 14/70/153: Identifying appropriate symbol communication aids for children who are non speaking: enhancing clinical decision making
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  • Communication and people with the most complex needs - what works and why this is essential (Mencap & DoH Valuing People)
  • Knowing when I’m sick and helping me stay healthy (Manchester PCT)
  • AAC evidence base research project (Big Lottery)
  • Mentoring staff  to develop services for people with  communication disabilities in Uganda (Nuffield Foundation)
  • Evidence based intervention for pre-school children with primary speech and language impairment (NIHR Programme Grant)


We would like to hear from potential applicants with their own research questions as well as those who are interested in any of the topics above.
Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project.
Please contact Professor Janice Murray ( or Dr. Julie Marshall ( for an informal conversation:
Tel: 0161 247 2581

For application related queries please contact:


How to Apply

Please complete the Research Degree Application Form.

Research Degree Application Form

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas if you have not already done so.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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