Master of Speech Language Pathology
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Speech Language Pathology (MSLP) prepares graduates for professional practice as speech pathologists.
Speech pathologists work with children and adults with communication difficulties, including problems with speaking, comprehension, reading, writing, voice problems and stuttering. Speech pathologists also work with children and adults who have swallowing difficulties or need alternative ways to communicate.
The curriculum for the MSLP has been designed to enable students to learn in a way that resembles the clinical practice of speech pathology. Case-based learning and clinical placements help students acquire the skills necessary to qualify and practise as speech pathologists in Australia.
The course is a graduate-entry program (students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry), however the MSLP is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline.
As the course leads to eligibility to practise, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.
The pace of work in the MSLP is commensurate with the expectations of postgraduate study, as is the level and complexity of the issues dealt with in the degree, including research project design.
Frequently asked questions:
Inherent Requirements for Speech Pathology courses
You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 96 credit points (cp) incorporating 18 core units.
Further course information
The Master of Speech Language Pathology requires the completion of complete 96 credit points of core units of study.
A number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities are scheduled as part of the course. Fieldwork provides hands on experience with real clients in a supervised environment allowing students to combine academic study with the practical abilities required of the Speech Pathology profession.
As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the ‘FHS Abroad' program which involves academic study and a 4-6 week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide.
Course outcomes and further study
Graduates of the Master of Speech Language Pathology are qualified to work with children and adults experiencing communication difficulties. These communication difficulties may include problems with speaking, understanding what people say, reading, writing, voice problems and stuttering. Speech pathologists also work with children and adults who have swallowing difficulties or need alternative ways to communicate.
This program is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. Graduates are eligible for practising membership of the association, which is a requirement to work as a speech pathologist in Australia. (www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au)
Eligible graduates may consider an additional three years of study with us as a research candidate for the higher research degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/research_innovation/. The PhD is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area under the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your field of research.
The award of the degree in the health sciences will enhance your profile as a genuine researcher and expert in your chosen field, afford opportunities as a published researcher, and may lead to an academic appointment, or to a research appointment with a government or industrial research and development organisation.
To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria;
1. A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or a PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent.
2. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 (credit average). This does not guarantee an offer as the places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit.
Applicants who do not have prior knowledge in Linguistics and Phonetics will be given a conditional offer. Enrolment into the course is conditional upon successful completion of the prescribed unit CSCD1034 - Linguistics and Phonetics in The Sydney Summer School during January & February (6 weeks).
If you have prior knowledge in Linguistics and Phonetics, the Faculty has a list of approved degrees deemed to meet the assumed knowledge requirements listed above. If your undergraduate degree is not part of this list, you will need to complete a supplementary information form and upload detailed curriculum and unit outlines as evidence of meeting the assumed knowledge requirements as part of the application process.
Approved degrees covering the assumed knowledge requirements.
Definitions of assumed knowledge requirements.
Supplementary information form.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University of Sydney and no longer via UAC.
Applications open - 3 August 2015
Applications close - 18 October 2015
1st round offers: released 3rd week of November 2015
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
International students can apply throughout the year and offers are made from mid-April on a rolling basis. Applications submitted before 1 October 2015 will be considered for the 2016 intake. Applications after 1 October 2015 will be assessed for the 2017 intake. As a general guide, students will receive advice regarding their application in 4-6 weeks.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.