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Master of Speech Pathology - 371JA

Course Code: 371JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Speech Pathology
UAC Code: 880821
CRICOS Code: 094978G
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band score below 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Empower those with speech, language and communication issues

Explore the science relating to speech, language, and swallowing; while studying client issues and exploring service delivery models as well as treatment and management strategies - with the Master of Speech Pathology course.

This full-time two-year course will extend your research skills by examining a wide range of communication issues and show you how to apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to the assessment, treatment, and management of these disorders.

This course also offers a unique business development component designed to teach students the necessary business skills to consider a career in private practice.

The UC Master of Speech Pathology course is your chance to become a part of a new breed of researcher-practitioners who are committed to making a difference in others’ lives; irrespective of age, disability, illness, cultural, linguistic or social backgrounds.

Register now and find out for yourself why UC Master of Speech Pathology graduates stand out amongst other Speech Pathology graduates around Australia.

Study a Master of Speech Pathology at UC and you will:

  • attain entry-level speech pathology competencies across a range of practice areas
  • deliver culturally and socially appropriate speech pathology services
  • communicate and work effectively with diverse partners in health, education and the community
  • critique, synthesise and apply evidence from research and consumer perspectives to inform speech pathology practices
  • critically evaluate information required for effective service delivery
  • develop in-depth research skills and be recognised as a competent researcher-practitioner
  • be able to participate, collaborate and contribute to policy development and industry knowledge
  • contribute to building stronger research evidence for clinical and life outcomes
  • gain a deeper understanding of the social issues of speech pathology and how it relates to a different age, linguistic and cultural demographics.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is an integral part of this course, giving students an invaluable opportunity to gain practical experience through clinical placements.

To facilitate your clinical learning, you will participate in various experiential learning simulations before undertaking any placement activities while having access to industry trainers and mentors throughout the entire process. Clinical placements will take place at numerous health and educational facilities such as the state of the art UC Health Precinct and UC Public Hospital; as well as various regional and remote locations around Australia.

WIL allows you to gain a wide range of clinical skills to complement your theoretical knowledge; while also creating an environment where you can form strong networking opportunities with industry professionals and both internal and external stakeholders. Clinical practice placements are essential to the program, and participation and completion of each WIL placement will contribute to your overall assessment.

Career opportunities

A Master of Speech Pathology qualification from UC will expose you to a higher level of understanding of speech pathology issues in public, private and voluntary positions in Australia and overseas.

Taking this course will give you the knowledge and credentials to able to lead, work, educate, guide and influence change in policies and procedural activities in the following areas:

  • private and public hospitals
  • rehabilitation centres
  • aged care facilities
  • community health clinics
  • schools and disability organisations
  • private practices.

As Australia’s aging population demographic continues to grow and evolve, the need for qualified and experienced Speech Pathologists to help improve and develop the knowledge base of the speech pathology profession will increase exponentially.

Course-specific information

All potential Master of Speech Pathology students must hold a bachelor’s degree (preferably in health or related areas, e.g., linguistics, education or psychology) with a credit or higher average and be proficient in English.

All students are required to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People check and the relevant police check before undertaking clinical practice.

All students need to present a complete immunisation schedule before commencing any clinical practice.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email Tel 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Current and Commencing Students

Admission Requirements

A completed bachelor degree in any discipline with a credit or higher average*.

* Applicants without a degree but with a combination of pre-tertiary qualifications and work experience or professional membership (Equivalent Graduate Status) may apply.

This course has an early closing date to submit applications by the 31st October of every year.

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places. Please be advised that if you submit your application after the advertised closing date, your application may not be considered.

Additional Admission Requirements

All students are required to undergo a 'working with vulnerable people' check and the relevant Federal Police Check prior to undertaking clinical practice. Results of the police check must be satisfactory for students to be accepted for practice education placements in a variety of health care settings. Clinical practice placements are essential to the program and are assessed, and may be outside of normal teaching time. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule, details of which will be provided by the Placement Office.

These details can be found at:

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this course are limited. If you wish to be considered for a CSP for 2021, you will need to apply for admission before midnight Sunday 8 November 2020.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Speech Pathology MSpeechPath

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Evenings: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face on weekday evenings.
      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International

CSP/Domestic Tuition Fee (see below)


The indicative CSP Student Contribution Amount for this course is $8,400
The domestic tuition fee rate for this course is $29,500

Important Notice: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this degree for 2021 are now limited. If you wish to be considered for a CSP for this degree, you will need to apply for admission before midnight Sunday 8 November 2020. The process for allocation of CSPs in 2022 and beyond will be published in April 2021.

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols.

Domestic students have access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course. New applications will automatically be considered for a CSP, subject to the advertised admission deadline. CSPs are university places subsidised by the Australian Government. CSP students are still required to pay a discipline-based Student Contribution Amount (SCA). The indicative SCA amount above only applies to commencing students.

Government financial assistance is also available to eligible domestic students regardless of the type of place they hold. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Speech Pathology has been given provisional accreditation by Speech Pathology Australia.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Apply entry-level competency-based skills in a range of contexts. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
Deliver culturally and socially appropriate services. UC graduates are global citizens:
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries.
Work and communicate effectively with diverse partners in health, education and the community. UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.
Critique, synthesise and apply evidence from research and consumer perspectives to inform speech pathology practices. UC graduates are professional:
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Be self-aware.
Develop in-depth research skills and be recognised as a competent research practitioner. UC graduates are professional:
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict.
Contribute to building stronger research evidence for functional outcomes. UC graduates are professional:
Display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.
Recognise the social implications of speech pathology and its relationship to different age, cultural and linguistic demographics. UC graduates are global citizens:
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time, or equivalent. Maximum twelve semesters.



Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2021 YES YES


  • Past Offerings
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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