Master of Speech Pathology

Course MC-SPCHPTH (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 073115G
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 200 credit points taken over 24 months full time.


Assoc. Prof. Bronwyn Davidson


Course Overview: The Master of Speech Pathology course is designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of speech pathology and to produce graduates who are ready to enter the profession. The first year of the course provides the scientific background in anatomy and physiology, auditory and acoustic phonetics, linguistics, speech and language disorders, clinical practice and processes. The second year builds on the specialised knowledge acquired in first year, develops clinical skills and introduces students to research methods in the field.

The Master of Speech Pathology degree allows students to gain both theoretical and clinical skills in the areas of communication and swallowing disorders, with a focus on these disorders across the lifespan.

The course is the graduate level entry professional degree for speech pathologists with exposure to Australia’s best academic and clinical teaching across paediatric, adolescent and adult populations.

Course Structure & Available Subjects: The course consists of formal lectures, seminars, practical work and student presentations along with a substantial clinical component. Students will be scheduled for over 100 hours of supervised clinical work during the two-year course. Students are scheduled for clinical experience at various health-care and educational facilities in metropolitan and rural areas in Victoria. Subjects available are listed below.
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Semester 1
Entry Requirements: 1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criterion –
  • an undergraduate degree
The Selection Committee may consider more favourably prior study in areas related to health science, language, communication, education and biomedicine.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit:
Graduate Attributes: Completion of the Master of Speech Pathology qualifies you to work as a speech pathologist.
Professional Accreditation: It is expected that the course will be accredited by Speech Pathology Australia by the end of 2012.
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