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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Speech Science

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Newmarket Campus


The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is an opportunity for Bachelor of Science graduates to advance their qualifications.

Programme structure

The PGDipSci programme involves one year of full-time study, or up to four years of part-time study, after you have completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • 120 points in your specialist subject listed in the Postgraduate Diploma in Science schedule
  • A project or dissertation of up to 45 points may be included

Summer School will start in January.

Subject overview

Speech Science is a large and complex field that includes topics in acoustic analysis and speech recognition, diagnosis of speech, language disorders, speech-language therapy and speech perception.

The University of Auckland is home to the Speech Science Group, which is comprised of researchers from departments and schools across the University, including the School of Psychology and the Department of Audiology and Engineering.

We also have the well-equipped Speech Science Laboratory, which houses a range of therapy and analysis equipment for treatment of speech disorders.

Research interests open to exploration include:

  • Audiology
  • Communication disorders in children or adults
  • Linguistics
  • Research methods for communication and swallowing
  • Speech and language development and disorders
  • Swallowing
  • Voice and fluency

If you want to become qualified to work as a speech-language therapist, the Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice is a clinical qualification in speech and language therapy, and combines academic studies with time spent working in the community.


Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Speech Science

60 points from:

  • SPCHSCI 701 Dysphagia for Speech Language Therapists
  • 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 722 Communication Difficulties in Children
  • SPCHSCI 723 Communication Disorders in Adults
  • SPCHSCI 733 Audiology for Speech Language Therapy
  • SPCHSCI 736 Topics in Communication Disorders in Adults
  • SPCHSCI 743 Advanced Study of Speech and Language Therapy in Children
  • SPCHSCI 746 Voice and Fluency
  • SPCHSCI 751 Special Topic
  • SPCHSCI 752 Research Project
  • SPCHSCI 753 Special Topic
  • SPCHSCI 754 Special Topic
  • SPCHSCI 790B Speech Language Therapy Dissertation

60 points from: 600 or 700 level courses in related subjects:

  • Audiology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Physiology, Psychology, Speech Science

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) in your intended specialisation with a GPE of 3.0. Some specialisations may require you to have completed specific courses in your undergraduate degree.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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