Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

301592 v.4 Master of Science (Speech Pathology)

Course CRICOS Code: 033868G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2 Years


This masters entry level qualification for speech pathologists is an alternative to the Bachelor of Science (Human Communication Science) for those with a bachelor degree. The academic coursework and clinical practice integrate contemporary theory and research in human communication science, cognitive neuroscience, speech science, rehabilitation science, behavioural science and clinical practice. Throughout the course, students will participate in supervised clinical education in a variety of contexts. It develops an integrated understanding of Human Communication Science as well as the professional competencies for providing clinical services to people with communication and swallowing disorders. Speech pathologists provide specialist services for people with a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders. Communication may be impaired by neurological damage, hearing impairment, physical dysfunction, psychological disturbance and intellectual impairment, as well as unidentified causes for disturbance in normal development.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

An honours degree or a bachelor degree with a semester weighted average of 65 or greater, or a bachelor degree plus two years of relevant post-bachelor degree work experience. Work experience is assessed on the basis of level of seniority and responsibility, job description, work based referee support, publications or other written reports, short courses or conference attendance.

Specific Requirements

Students are required to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate as soon as possible upon entering the course. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is two years full-time study.

Course Organisation

Participation is required in clinical practice during vacation periods of both years of the course, including a country placement.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

301594 v.2   Cognitive Neuroscience 571 6.0 25.0
301595 v.2   Professional Competencies 571 4.0 50.0
309428 v.1   Language Analysis and Communication Science 571 4.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

301643 v.2   Professional Competencies 572 14.0 25.0
301644 v.2   Professional Issues 572 2.0 25.0
301699 v.2   Human Communication Science 572 6.0 25.0
309429 v.1   Lifespan Communication Science 572 6.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

309430 v.1   Human Communication Science 671 3.0 25.0
309431 v.1   Speech and Hearing Science 671 6.0 25.0
309435 v.1   Professional Competencies 671 15.0 50.0

Year 2 Semester 2

309432 v.1   Speech and Hearing Science 672 4.0 25.0
309433 v.1   Professional Competencies 672 15.0 50.0
309434 v.1   Human Communication Science 672 3.0 25.0


Availability Information has not been provided by the respective School or Area. Prospective/current students should contact the School or Area listed above for further information.

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