Speech pathologists help people overcome a range of barriers affecting their communication, from speech impairments to problems with voice control, language, fluency, swallowing and eating.

  • Learn how to assess, diagnose, and treat a range of clients with communication disorders, such as children with delayed communication skills and adults with impairments as a result of disease or injury.
  • Spend more than 600 hours on supervised placements throughout your program, building your confidence and skills as a clinician. More than 200 locations are available for clinical placements, including UQ's Speech Pathology Clinic at St Lucia.
  • Build a strong knowledge foundation from your first year in anatomy, linguistics, psychology and research. You'll also explore the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency, hearing, and swallowing.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market, demonstrate your leadership skills, and provide a pathway to future research or learning.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is recognised around Australia and across the world for its award-winning teachers and graduates.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is home to experienced lecturers, researchers and clinical educators. Our speech pathology researchers are some of the best in the world, specialising in areas including aphasia and paediatric communication

  • Beyond the classroom

    International options

    In your final year you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement in Vietnam or Timor Leste. The international placement will allow you to experience health services outside of Australia while under the supervision of clinical educators.

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  • In the classroom

    State-of-the-art facilities

    UQ has its own Speech Pathology Clinic where you will develop your professional competency during your studies. The clinic is open to the public and helps children and adults with various communication difficulties, including delayed speech development, stuttering, and language difficulties following stroke.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    UQ has offered speech pathology programs since 1962 and we're leaders in teaching and research. Our researchers also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means your curriculum is informed by the very best research.

Career outcomes

There are many career options in Australia and internationally for Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) graduates, including work in:

  • Education settings,
  • Public and private hospitals,
  • Community health centres and agencies,
  • Rehabilitation units,
  • Preschools and child care centres,
  • Aged care / high-care facilities,
  • Private practice, and
  • Government and non-government institutions and organisations.

  • Students
    "My experience in the simulation clinic during my studies involved a variety of areas of speech pathology, including swallow assessments and language therapy for patients with aphasia. Knowing that we're in safe hands with this simulated program is something that gives us all confidence." Greg Chiapello, BSpPath (Hons) student
  • Alumni
    "By far my favourite and most valuable experience at UQ was my placement in Vietnam. I was able to travel through a new country and make incredible friends all while developing my own professional skills and making a difference in a community." Rachel Lucas , BSpPath (Hons) graduate
  • Students

    Happy students

    Within UQ, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is ranked number one in overall student satisfaction and is in equal first place for the greatest number of staff teaching and learning awards, citations, grants and fellowships.

  • Professional experience

    Hands-on, practical learning

    Develop hands-on skills through supervised clinical placements in a variety of community and healthcare settings in metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Queensland.

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Summary

  • Program code
    2370
  • 727002
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (27 Feb, 2017)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students undertake over 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organisations, private practices and UQ's internal clinics. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life settings.

Students will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing full time block placements during years three and four.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Speech Pathology Australia

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Speech Pathology Australia

While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

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