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Master of  Speech Pathology Studies

Program code: 5228
CRICOS code: 002057M


St Lucia


2.5 Years full-time


Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

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
    “My primary motivation to study my degree was to educate and empower people with communication difficulties. I wanted to help others who stutter/stammer to find their voice and express themselves.” Lashay, Master of Speech Pathology Studies graduate, Canada
  • 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.

  • Beyond the classroom

    What our students say

  • Beyond the classroom

    Inside the Simulation Clinic


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

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 (under the 'How to apply' tab) 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 2019 was 4.05.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; speaking 8; reading 7; writing 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 27.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, listening/reading/writing minimum 72, speaking 82.

CES - Overall 185, listening/reading/writing minimum 185, speaking 200.

BE and OET are not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Speech Pathology Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

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

You will undertake 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.

You will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing full time clinical placement blocks during year two.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your 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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $47,136
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Speech Pathology Studies for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit 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 through the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Master of Speech Pathology Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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.

    On admission, the following requirements must be met: first aid certificate (including CPR); Blue Card; current status information with respect to blood-borne transmissible viruses and tuberculosis (TB); and a schedule of immunisations. Details about these requirements are made available at the time of offer. For more information, visit

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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