New Zealand Education - Think New Logo


University of Canterbury
University of Canterbury logo

Master of Speech and Language Pathology

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2025


University of Canterbury


The Master of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP) is a graduate-entry professional qualification to practice as a speech language pathologist/therapist. Students generally have a background in science, linguistics, engineering, psychology, education, or health sciences, and this programme provides an opportunity to enter the speech-language profession.

In the MSLP, you will study the areas of clinical linguistics, evidence-based practice, introductory neuroscience, speech and language development and disorders across the lifespan, typical and atypical hearing, swallowing, fluency and voice, and professional practice.

This hands-on programme includes experiential clinical practice.

The MSLP is accredited by Te K?hui Kaiwhakatikatika Reo K?rero o Aotearoa | New Zealand Speech–language Therapists' Association.

Further study

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Speech and Language Sciences.


Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits, such as specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

To enrol in the MSLP you must have completed any bachelor's or master's degree, with a minimum of a B Grade Point Average, or other qualifications of an equivalent standard.
In addition you must have passed at least one course in Statistics, at 100-level or above.
If English is not your first language, you must provide proof of IELTS (Academic) average of at least 7.0, with no score lower than 6.5.
You will also need approval to enrol by the Amo Matua, P?taiao | Executive Dean of Science or a delegate. Selection is based on academic merit, a statement of interest, and an interview with departmental representatives.

Entry into the Master of Speech and Language Pathology is limited. You will need to submit a separate application form to Te Kura Mahi ?-Hirikapo | School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing by 1 October. Late enrolments will be considered if places are still available.

Studying in NZ

Register nowSign in

Share this course

Share this course