Why study the Master of Speech Pathology Studies

Speech pathology focuses on the management of communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Communication problems can occur in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing or literacy.

A speech pathologist assists people of all ages, from children to adults, who present with communication problems due to developmental delays, disease or injury such as stroke, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, and intellectual disability. They also work with clients who have feeding or swallowing problems.

Study the Master of Speech Pathology Studies at UQ and you will learn from award-winning teachers, researchers and clinical educators who are among the best in Australia. This program will give you the theoretical knowledge, professional attributes, and clinical and research skills necessary for a career in speech pathology.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


An approved degree in a field (other than speech pathology) such as health, humanities, education, social, physical or biological sciences.

Entry is competitive based on GPA.

University level or equivalent courses are required in statistics and a course in one of: linguistics, psychology or physiology. Refer to the information sheet for further details.

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 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 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.

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:

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