Originally Posted by Valaida
I've received offers for Speech therapy starting in Sept 2012 for Limerick and Edinburgh, and I was wondering if anyone can give me an insight into the course in UL and in what living in Limerick is like.
I live in Dublin at the moment and love the variety of things to do. I'm a bit worried about Limerick being quite a small city, and if there's much variety of nightlife. I know there'll be a lot of studying to be done, but it's only healthy to have a breather at the weekend, and I'd rather get some city life than live in a campus bubble for 2 years.
I'd really appreciate if anyone could give me an idea of what it's like to live in Limerick, or in Edinburgh, or what the Speech therapy courses are like in UL or in Queen Margaret?
I've heard there's a heavy focus in UL on the anatomy, physiological side of Speech Therapy (ie swallowing etc), whereas in Scotland they focus more on the linguistics.
Does anyone know if that is right?
Also for someone who's come from a language/linguistics background, is it difficult to get a handle on the biological stuff?
Thanks a million for your help.
Hey I'm from Limerick and did my undergrad in UL. To be honest staying in Limerick was the last thing I wanted to do but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened. Although I'm still not the biggest fan of Limerick, I absolutely adore UL. I was lucky enough to live far enough away that I moved out there. The campus is huge for the amount of students they have and the atmosphere is great, which is great when it comes to getting away from study. Though not looking forward to going back to the library. It's like a sauna and holds too many bad memories of final year stress! But really I can't say enough good things about UL.
I also wouldn't recommend living in the city. Rent would be much cheaper in Castletroy and you would save a lot of stress, because the traffic can be pretty bad heading towards the city. For nights out its so easy to get a taxi into town anyway, although the Lodge nightclub by the university is pretty much home to UL students, and no matter how much study there is to be done its so close-by that any excuse will do for a night out.
I got into QMU and on the waiting list in City University London but they're both PGDips and from what I can tell not many people go on to do the Masters because of the extra time it takes. I've heard you need a masters if you want to work in the US or Canada, not that I plan to, but I'd like to keep my options open.
If you go to MSc in Speech and Language therapy in the following link it gives more info about the programme in QMU. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/quality/ps/default.htm
Otherwise I don't know much about the content other than that no matter where you go they must meet the same specifications in order to recognised by the professional organisations.