Master of Speech Pathology

Course MC-SPCHPTH (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014 - 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, articulatory 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 course is not available part time or via distance education.

Learning Outcomes:

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 approximately 400 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.

Subject Options:

Year One

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Year Two

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Entry Requirements:

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criterion –

  • an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline

The Selection Committee may consider more favourably prior study in areas related to science, biomedicine, health science, language and communication, and education.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to assess the applicant's suitability for a clinical career.

More information about entry requirements can be found on the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology website.

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:

Further Study:

Students who show an aptitude for research may be considered for PhD studies in the department.

Graduate Attributes:

Graduates of the Master of Speech Pathology are qualified to begin work as a speech pathologist.

Professional Accreditation:

The course is accredited with Speech Pathology Australia.

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