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Master of  Speech Pathology Studies

Program code: 5228

Delivery location

St Lucia


2.5 Years full-time


Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Master of Speech Pathology Studies will build on your undergraduate degree, allowing you to qualify as a registered speech pathologist in just two and a half years.

  • This postgraduate program is designed for students who have completed both an approved bachelor's degree and appropriate pre-requisites in statistics, linguistics, psychology or human physiology – see 'Program details' for entry requirements.
  • Benefit from a six-semester program that integrates your previous studies. You will complete advanced coursework to develop your understanding of practice and research, while enhancing the effectiveness of your clinical practice.
  • Learn how to interview, assess, diagnose and treat a variety of clients with communication issues, ranging from speech impairments to problems with voice control, language, fluency, swallowing and eating.
  • Complete supervised clinical placements to build your confidence and skills as a clinician. These placements will allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge to your practice, ensuring you're job ready upon graduation.

Expand your theoretical knowledge and professional attributes, while gaining the clinical and research skills necessary for a professional career in speech pathology.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    UQ has offered studies in speech pathology since 1962 and we're leaders in the fields of teaching and research. Our health and medical sciences researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA outcomes.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Dedicated clinics

    UQ has its very own Speech Pathology Clinic where you will undertake supervised practical placements to develop your professional independence. The clinic is open to the public and assists children and adults with various communication problems, including delayed speech development, stuttering and voice disorders.

  • Alumni
    “I really enjoyed the clinical aspect of my program because it gave me a glimpse into what I would be doing as a speech pathologist. The Master of Speech Pathology Studies is intensive, but achievable. I feel like I have learnt directly from the source, as many of my lecturers are well-known in research.” Samantha, Master of Speech Pathology Studies
  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

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

Career outcomes

Many of our students come into the Master of Speech Pathology Studies from diverse backgrounds and fields of study.

There are many career options in Australia and internationally for qualified speech pathologists, including work in:

  • community health centres and agencies
  • rehabilitation units
  • public and private hospitals in generalist, paediatric, geriatric, trauma and oncology-related roles
  • preschools, kindergartens and child care centres
  • general, paediatric and adult hospitals
  • aged care / high-care facilities
  • private practice
  • government and non-government institutions and organisations
  • services for people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment, autism or hearing impairment.

  • What our students say

  • Inside the Simulation Clinic


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Applicants must hold a bachelor degree and have completed university level studies in statistics and one of either linguistics, psychology, or physiology.

Please see additional application information for further details on entry requirements.

Entry is competitive based on GPA with a limited intake capacity.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2018 was 5.15.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Speech Pathology Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Speech Pathology Studies. 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 UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students undertake over 550 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 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 clinical placement blocks during year two.

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.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

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

  • Speech Pathology Australia

Accreditation body

The Master of Speech Pathology Studies is accredited by:

  • Speech Pathology Australia

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Speech Pathology Studies have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Speech Pathology Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $28,320
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Speech Pathology Studies at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Speech Pathology Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Speech Pathology Studies is 5228. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

To be considered for enrolment, an applicant must:
  1. hold a bachelor degree; study in fields such as health, humanities, education, social, physical or biological sciences is recommended.
  2. if the bachelor degree was completed more than 10 years prior to program commencement, have subsequently completed a postgraduate qualification, or a minimum of 8 units/4 courses of university level study.
  3. have successfully completed, within the 10 years prior to program commencement, the following university level study:
    • 2 units (1 course) in statistics; and
    • 2 units (1 course) in either linguistics, psychology, or human physiology.

    Suitable UQ pre-requisite courses

    StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
    PsychologyPSYC1020 or PSYC1030
    LinguisticsLING1000 or LING1005
    Human PhysiologyBIOM2011 or BIOM2012

    Further courses from UQ and other universities will be assessed on an individual basis. Contact the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences for more details.

    Domestic students enrolled in the MSpPathSt may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.

    This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

    For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Speech Pathology Studies is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - April 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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