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Master of Speech and Language Pathology

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Overview

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.

Key features

  • 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.

Location

North Ryde (Sydney)

Study mode

Full-time

Attendance mode

Internal

Minimum course duration

2 years (full time)

Commencing

Session 1 (March)

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.

Entry requirements

• 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.

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 (8)
  or 8cp from
SPH810 Research in Human Communication Disorders (4)
APPL911 Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication (4)
  or 8cp from
SPH810 Research in Human Communication Disorders (4)
APPL925 Second Language Acquisition (4)
  or 8cp from
SPH810 Research in Human Communication Disorders (4)
CAUD807 Paediatric Hearing Assessment (4)
  or 8cp from
SPH810 Research in Human Communication Disorders (4)
LING927 Reading Development and Disorders (4) 8
Total credit points required to satisfy this master 64

Notes

  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2014 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.

Careers

Accreditation

This degree is 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.

Profiles

Our Students

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Kelly Rombough

‘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!’

Our Graduates

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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.

Why choose Macquarie?

Why choose Macquarie for postgraduate study

Macquarie is renowned for excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching, our highly skilled graduates, and our first-class facilities. We offer: 

  • an education in the top two per cent of universities in the world, giving you an internationally recognised and respected degree
  • a campus in one of the largest business and technology precincts in the southern hemisphere, giving you the industry experience employers look for
  • state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including the most high-tech university library in Australia.
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Master of Speech and Language Pathology

MQ course code: MSPCHPATH

This course is NOT available for Session 2 2014.

The next intake for this program will be for Session 1, 2015. Applications will open in September and close 30th October, 2014.


Re-admission

If you have previously enrolled and would like to re-apply for the same course, please complete the MQ Postgraduate Re-admission Form (pdf 406kb)


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