Master of Speech Pathology

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This program enables graduates with a degree in another discipline to obtain a professional postgraduate qualification in speech pathology. Speech pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and provide management and advocacy services to people with communication or swallowing disorders. People with communication disorders may have difficulties in speech, language, voice, fluency, and reading and spelling.


The first and second years use innovative Problem-Based Learning (PBL) methods of teaching and learning as well as more traditional formats, and rich clinical learning experiences. PBL results from understanding and working towards the resolution of a problem. In this curriculum, it relies on the use of actual speech pathology cases, presented in a variety of formats (e.g. printed case notes, computer-based examples, video or audio samples, simulated patients). Those students offered a place in the Master of Speech Pathology should note that there is a bridging course offered in the summer semester. This bridging course is designed to enable students to develop foundation knowledge in Speech Pathology (including human bioscience (anatomy and physiology), linguistics (phonetics and grammar) and problem based learning) which will serve as a foundation for their future studies. Some students may be eligible for exemptions from part of the bridging course based on previous studies.


  • Speech pathology

Standard entry requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent)
  • Successful applicants are required to have at least a 75% (or equivalent) Weighted Average Mark (WAM) in the last two years of their bachelor's degree or H2A in their honours year qualification
  • NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place
  • Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Graduates of the Master of Speech Pathology may apply for membership with the SPA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study pathways

Students who are offered a place in this course but do not have a background in human biosciences (anatomy and physiology) and linguistics (phonetics and grammar) are strongly recommended to complete a bridging course starting in late January. Students who have a background in human biosciences and linguistics may apply for advanced standing in the bridging course.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne International: $90,000 No
  • Full-time : 2 years

Further information

Each intake of students includes a certain proportion of positions that are reserved for international and La Trobe University students. All students are expected to undertake a four-week bridging course starting on 23 January 2017 at the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus. In addition, all applicants are required to provide the Supplementary Application Form from the How to Apply section below, which includes: a personal statement (250 words), CV, and 250-500 word problem-based learning (PBL) statement outlining their method of learning and their understanding of the PBL approach. Please provide certified copies of transcripts (whether complete or incomplete) which must include a grading scheme (results interpretation) page. There are no Commonwealth Supported Places available for this course.

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