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Master of Speech Pathology

MSpeechPath(Curtin) - MG-SPEECH Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

This graduate entry master (GEM) qualification for speech pathologists is an alternative to the Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) for those with a bachelor degree in another discipline. The academic coursework and clinical practice integrate contemporary theory and research across three streams;

  1. Human Communication Science - units where there is a theoretical focus and the aim is to introduce students to theoretical, evidence-based material and help them to see the link to clinical practice,
  2. Clinical Science in Speech Pathology - units that are grounded in clinical practice, however the aim is to facilitate students seeing the link from clinical practice back to the theory they are learning about in the Human Communication Science stream, and
  3. Research Methods - provide students with the research skills they require to become evidence based clinicians.

Throughout the course, students will participate in supervised clinical education in a variety of contexts. This course in speech pathology develops an integrated understanding of the science of human communication as well as the professional competencies for providing speech pathology services to people with communication and swallowing disorders.

Speech pathologists provide specialist services for people with communication and/or swallowing problems, which may be impaired by neurological damage, hearing impairment, physical dysfunction, psychological disturbance and intellectual impairment. Some causes of disturbances in normal development may be unidentified.

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

An honours degree or a bachelor degree with a course weighted average of 65 per cent.

Evidence of studies in human biology at university level is essential. Without this background, you will have to complete additional units in this area before commencing the course.

You will be required to obtain First Aid certification in additional to a number of police clearances and immunisations upon entering this course.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

Additional requirements

You must complete the fieldwork requirements as soon as possible upon entering this course.

You will be required to participate in clinical practice during vacation periods.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $28,100*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 400 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • speech pathologist.

More information about Speech Pathology