Master of Speech and Language Pathology
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This degree prepares you for the profession of speech pathology and enables you to work clinically with individuals with developmental or acquired communication disorders. It builds on fundamental knowledge from linguistics, psychology, anatomy and physiology. The comprehensive supervised clinical placements develop skills in assessment, intervention, service delivery and other aspects of professional practice.
- Provides both a specialist and a multidisciplinary holistic approach to language and communication
- Offers an extensive clinical practicum experience, ensuring that you have maximum exposure to individuals demonstrating the full range of communication impairments
- Covers a range of topics including intercultural communication, neuroanatomy, psycholinguistics and aphasia
- You will have access to the Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic.
|North Ryde (Sydney)|
|Session 1 (March)|
Minimum course duration
|2 years full-time|
Suitable if you are interested in assisting adults and children with communication and swallowing problems, and hold a qualification in speech and hearing sciences. It is also suitable if you are looking to change career, however if you do not have a Speech and Hearing background you may be required to complete the Graduate Diploma of Speech and Communication.
This is a 2014 proposed fee only and is subject to change.
• Australian Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent in speech and hearing sciences • Minimum GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 • 2 page Personal Statement • Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 7.0 overall, with minimum 7.0 in each band
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
Work experience requirements
No work experience is required, but is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the field.
Students in this program are required to enrol in units totaling 20 credit points in their first session. International students are reminded to calculate their first session tuition fees accordingly, taking note of any amounts payable in addition to the commencement fee paid at time of acceptance.
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above||64|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this master
This degree is accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.
Job prospects within Australia are excellent, you will be qualified to practice as a speech pathologist in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, community health centres and private practice.
“There are about 16 people in our class so you get to know everyone. I feel really comfortable presenting to the class because it’s really personable.” Read more
‘My experience in this program has been incredibly rewarding and has provided me with a strong theoretical knowledge base. The clinical experience has also prepared me in a number of ways to enter the workplace as a Speech Pathologist.
One aspect that I have enjoyed the most about the MSLP program is the supportive learning environment for its students. The small program size gives the opportunity for the students to get one-on-one support from instructors and learn directly from internationally known and recognised professionals in the field of Speech Pathology.
I have and will continue to recommend the Master of Speech and Language Pathology to others who are looking for a program which offers the opportunity for students to learn and grow through both course and clinical work. I am extremely happy I made the decision to attend Macquarie University and I know they will be too!’
Kim Cayzer, who had already completed undergraduate study in languages and applied linguistics, chose speech and language pathology as it was a career where you could give something back to the community. “I wanted to do something practical with my undergrad study and have a career that would make a difference,” she says. “I spoke to a number of people, found out more about speech pathology and thought this is for me.”
The Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie is a two-year full-time program which requires students to attend day classes as well as clinical placements during semester and in semester breaks.
You can read more profiles online.
Dr Elisabeth Harrison
'An advantage of our program is that you will be studying in small groups, currently the program has 20-25 students. There will be clinical programs through the four semesters allowing a close integration of the clinical program with the academic aspects of the degree.'
Master of Speech & Language Pathology presentation
Dr. Elisabeth Harrison provides a program overview at the Audiology and Speech Pathology information evening held at Macquarie University.