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Master of Speech Pathology Studies

Overview

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

The profession of speech pathology is focussed on the management of communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Communication problems may occur in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing or literacy.

Through this two and a half year full-time program, you'll complete advanced coursework to develop your understanding of practice and research, while enhancing the effectiveness of your clinical practice as a speech pathologist. You'll 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.

You'll be taught by award-winning teachers, researchers and clinical educators who are among the best in Australia, and you'll gain the theoretical knowledge, professional attributes and clinical and research skills to confidently pursue a career helping people who have challenges with speech and/or swallowing. You'll develop your prior skills and knowledge to become a lifelong learner and critical thinker, which will enhance the effectiveness of your professional practice.

You'll complete supervised clinical placements throughout the program in a range of clinical settings, including hospitals, educational facilities, other healthcare organisations, private practices and UQ’s Speech Pathology clinics.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5228
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$47136 (indicative per year)
Duration
2.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5228
CRICOS Code
002057M
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from leading teachers, researchers and clinical educators who are recognised as some of the best in the world.
  • Develop confidence in your professional abilities through supervised placements, including access to UQ's Speech Pathology Clinic.
  • Benefit from a program underpinned by over 50 years of experience in teaching and researching speech pathology.

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice for graduates
  • Voice, hearing and fluency disorders
  • Articulation and phonological disorders and clinical practice
  • Early childhood language

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Speech pathologist
  • Paediatric speech pathologist
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Speech and language therapist 

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Speech Pathology Australia

Program accreditation

The Master of Speech Pathology Studies is accredited by:

  • Speech Pathology Australia

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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 language requirements

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.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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 table,th,td{border:1px solid black;border-collapse: collapse;padding:5px}

StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
PsychologyNEUR1020 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.

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 http://habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready.

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.

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 table,th,td{border:1px solid black;border-collapse: collapse;padding:5px}

StatisticsSTAT1201 or PSYC1040
PsychologyNEUR1020 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 http://habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready.

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $47,136

Indicative annual fee 2020

This 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 (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $29,260

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Speech Pathology Studies at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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