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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 and acquired communication and swallowing disabilities. The course builds on fundamental knowledge from linguistics, psychology, anatomy and physiology. The comprehensive supervised clinical placements provide students with opportunities to develop skills in assessment, intervention, service delivery, and other aspects of professional practice.

Key features

  • Provides both a specialist and a multidisciplinary holistic approach to language and communication;
  • Offers extensive clinical practicum experiences, ensuring that you have maximum exposure to individuals demonstrating the full range of communication and swallowing disabilities;
  • Covers a range of topics including intercultural communication, neuroanatomy, psycholinguistics, and aphasia;
  • You will have access to the Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic.
CRICOS Code -  037303B


North Ryde (Sydney)


Session 1 (February)

Minimum course duration

2 years full-time

Suitable for

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.

Estimated annual fee -  AUD $40,000 p.a.
Fee per credit point -  AUD $1,250

Fees quoted are the estimated payable fees for the relevant degree in 2015, based on a typical credit load calculation per academic session. An individual student's credit load may change in each academic session. The University reviews per credit point fees each year and fees may change year on year. For courses of more than one year in duration, students will pay the fee that is current for the year of enrolment. Students may incur other fees, charges and conditions for each session in which they enrol and are advised to check these with the University before enrolment. More information on tuition fees.

Entry requirements

• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00
• Recent successful completion of specified prerequisite units at tertiary level
• Applications for this program are competitive. Satisfying the admission criteria does not guarantee a place in the program
• Additional material as specified under notes

English Language Requirements

IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in each band, or equivalent

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 it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the speech pathology 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.

Applications for this program are competitive. Satisfying the admission criteria does not guarantee a place on the program.

Personal Statement

Please note that a personal statement must be submitted along with your application form. This should be 1-2 A4 pages and indicate:

  •  your understanding of Speech Pathology as practised in Australia
  •  your reasons for wanting to enter this profession
  • relevant personal experience of speech pathology or related fields
  • explanation of any factors that are relevant to the application

Applications for this program are competitive. Satisfying the admission criteria does not guarantee a place on the program.

Commonwealth Supported Places

The Faculty of Human Sciences may offer a limited number of merit-based Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for this program for domestic students. If they are available, places will be granted according to academic merit and awarded to the most highly ranked applicants who have been granted a firm offer. Students do not need to apply separately for this.

The Faculty will also allocate 50% of the available CSPs to two targeted equity areas that will benefit the students and the professions in which they work to help to overcome shortages in professional health workers in regional and remote locations and in Indigenous health care settings. The equity groups targeted will be:

  • Regional or remotely disadvantaged non-indigenous applicants
  • Indigenous Australian applicants

To apply for an ‘equity’ CSP place, please complete the Equity CSP application.

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

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this master

800 level or above Credit Points
Required SPH800 Developmental and Acquired Speech and Swallowing Disorders 4
Required SPH801 Developmental and Acquired Language Disorders I 4
Required SPH802 Developmental and Acquired Language Disorders II 4
Required SPH804 Disorders of Voice and Fluency 4
Required SPH812 Audiology for Speech-Language Pathologists 4
Required SPH817 Medical/Surgical Speech Pathology 4
Required SPH822 Clinical Practicum I 8
Required SPH823 Clinical Practicum II 8
Required SPH824 Complex Communication Needs and AAC 4
Required SPH825 Neuroanatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathologists 4
Required SPH826 Aural Rehabilitation 4
Required SPH827 Clinical Linguistic Analysis 4
Required 8cp from SPH821 Speech Pathology Project
  or 8cp from
  or 8cp from
SPH810 Research in Human Communication Disorders
APPL925 Second Language Acquisition
  or 8cp from
SPH810 Research in Human Communication Disorders
CAUD807 Paediatric Hearing Assessment
  or 8cp from
SPH810 Research in Human Communication Disorders
LING927 Reading Development and Disorders 8
Total credit points required to satisfy this master 64


  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2015 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.



This degree is fully accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.

Career Opportunities

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.


Our Students


Katy Patterson

Master of Speech and Language Pathology

“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

Our Graduates


Kim Cayzer

Master of Speech and Language Pathology

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.

Our Expertise

Dr Elisabeth Harrison

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'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.

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Master of Speech and Language Pathology


Applications for Session 1 2015 Open: Monday 1 September 2014 
Applications close: Friday 31 October 2014

To apply for this course as an international student, use the Macquarie University Online Application Manager. Printed application forms are also available if you would like to post your application.

For more information see applying to Macquarie University as an international student.