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Master of Speech and Language Pathology

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

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

In the MSLP, students 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.

Students must pass courses with a total of 240 points from Part I and Part II. Students complete all courses in Part I before proceeding to Part II.

Further study

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

Career opportunities

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

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

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.

Students for whom English is not their first language must provide proof of IELTS (Academic) scores of an average of at least 7.0, with no score lower than 6.5.

Note: Students must submit a separate application form to the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing by 1 October.

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