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Masters by Coursework (Graduate Entry)
- Master of Speech Pathology
This fee-paying course is two years' full-time study
- 2 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Bentley Campus
This graduate entry master course combines theory with clinical practice to prepare you for a career as a speech pathologist.
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.
Your studies are supported by fieldwork opportunities.
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Speech pathologists diagnose, treat and provide services to people with communication impairments, including speech, language, voice, fluency disorders, or clients with eating and drinking difficulties across the lifespan.
You will gain a detailed understanding of communication development, developmental and acquired communication and swallowing disorders, clinical practice and research. Your studies will be supported by fieldwork opportunities.
The course includes the introduction of theoretical, evidence-based material and its link to clinical practice, and research skills to become an evidence-based clinician.
Graduates are eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.
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
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.
Applicants will also submit a personal statement that reflects relevant work experience and knowledge of the profession.
You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
- Pearson Test of English Academic:
- Certificate in Advanced English (CAE):
Other requirements and notes for this course
Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
This course and/ or some fieldwork host organisations require students to be screened for and vaccinated against Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) before commencing fieldwork. As well as offering protection to the community, these requirements support the University’s commitment to take all reasonable steps to protect you from vaccine preventable diseases while you are enrolled as a student at Curtin.
You must complete the fieldwork requirements as soon as possible upon entering this course.
You will be required to participate in clinical practice during vacation periods.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
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:
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2022
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 225 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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- Last updated on: 04/08/2022