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Master of Speech Pathology

Masters by coursework (graduate entry)

As a speech pathologist (or human communication science practitioner) you will work with, and advocate for, individuals with communication and swallowing difficulties in order to reduce the impact of these difficulties on their lives.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Speech Pathology
  • Duration
    2 years full-time
  • Credit
  • Fieldwork
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This information is relevant for students studying in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned offering

This graduate entry master (GEM) qualification for speech pathologists is an alternative to the Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) for those with a bachelor degree in another discipline. The academic coursework and clinical practice integrate contemporary theory and research across three streams;

  1. Human Communication Science - units where there is a theoretical focus and the aim is to introduce students to theoretical, evidence-based material and help them to see the link to clinical practice,
  2. Clinical Science in Speech Pathology - units that are grounded in clinical practice, however the aim is to facilitate students seeing the link from clinical practice back to the theory they are learning about in the Human Communication Science stream, and
  3. Research Methods - provide students with the research skills they require to become evidence based clinicians.

Throughout the course, students will participate in supervised clinical education in a variety of contexts. This course in speech pathology develops an integrated understanding of the science of human communication as well as the professional competencies for providing speech pathology services to people with communication and swallowing disorders.

Speech pathologists provide specialist services for people with communication and/or swallowing problems, which may be impaired by neurological damage, hearing impairment, physical dysfunction, psychological disturbance and intellectual impairment. Some causes of disturbances in normal development may be unidentified.

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.




What jobs can the Master of Speech Pathology lead to?

This course can help you become a:

  • speech pathologist.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of human communication science to the delivery of speech pathology services and research in diverse and changing settings
  • critically analyse information to plan, implement and evaluate speech pathology services and research
  • locate, extract and critically appraise evidence and information from a range of resources to solve theoretical and applied problems in human communication science with a high level of independence
  • demonstrate excellence in written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills appropriate to the discipline within a legal and ethical framework
  • use technologies relevant to the human communication sciences to inform clinical practice and research
  • understand and implement a wide variety of learning strategies, and take responsibility for ongoing professional and personal development
  • incorporate and demonstrate awareness of global or international perspectives in health care to clinical practice and research in speech pathology
  • demonstrate awareness of and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
  • independently and collaboratively apply professional skills in an ethical manner across a range of professional settings

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.

The diverse learning experiences keeps the course interesting, and the calibre of the teaching staff is phenomenal – they are leaders in their field. Being exposed to a wide variety of people and experiences has given me some of the best life skills I could wish for.

Kate Dixon

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

An honours degree or a bachelor degree with a course weighted average of 65 per cent.

Evidence of studies in human biology at university level is essential. Without this background, you will have to complete additional units in this area before commencing the course.

You will be required to obtain First Aid certification in additional to a number of police clearances and immunisations upon entering this course.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.