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Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


The Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice programme provides you with a clinical qualification in speech and language therapy. The course is comprised of both academic studies and time spent working in health, education and special school settings.

Programme overview

Are you a graduate from a related field such as psychology, linguistics, health sciences or education? The MSLTPrac is a New Zealand Speech-language Therapy Association accredited qualification. It is designed to provide you with the necessary specialist skills and experience to practise as a Speech Language Therapist in New Zealand and overseas.

You will study a range of subject areas including anatomy, physiology, linguistics and acoustics, and learn to apply theory to clinical practice. Students learn to use a range of approaches and technologies to assess, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders.

Programme structure

The MSLTPrac degree is a 240-point taught masters that includes a research dissertation. It is a competitive possible programme that involves two years of full-time study following a fixed programme of courses. Students move together as a cohort from year 1 to year 2.

Year 1

SPCHSCI 711: Introduction to Communication in Children and Adults

SPCHSCI 712: Linguistics for Speech Language Therapy

SPCHSCI 713: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Language Therapy

SPCHSCI 714: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 1

SPCHSCI 721: Dysphagia (e-learning)

SPCHSCI 722: Communication Difficulties in Children

SPCHSCI 723: Communication Disorders in Adults

SPCHSCI 724: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 2

Year 2

SPCHSCI 733: Audiology for Speech Language Therapy

SPCHSCI 734: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 3

SPCHSCI 736: Topics in Communication Disorders in Adults

SPCHSCI 743: Advanced Study of Speech and Language Therapy in Children

SPCHSCI 744: Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 4

SPCHSCI 746: Voice and Fluency

SPCHSCI 790A/B: Speech Language Therapy Dissertation

Where could this programme take you?

There are excellent work opportunities for qualified speech-language therapists both within New Zealand and internationally. Speech-language therapists are involved in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders with people of all ages, and work in a range of settings, including hospitals, schools, community rehabilitation facilities, special schools and in early intervention teams.

Jobs related to this programme

Speech-language therapist

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy

While Semester One starts on 28 February 2022, classes for this programme begin on 14 February 2022.

Entry criteria

Taught 240 points: You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0. A minimum of 60 points of the most advanced-level courses in your degree must have been in an approved subject such as education, health sciences, linguistics, physiology, psychology.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.5 and No bands less than 7.0

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