Speech pathology

Why study Speech pathology?

Our graduate-entry program lets graduates with a degree other than speech pathology gain a professional qualification. We are the longest standing provider of speech pathology education programs in Victoria. You must enrol full-time for four semesters. We use Problem-Based Learning methods as well as more traditional teaching and learning formats. You will develop your knowledge and skills using actual speech pathology cases and gain valuable practical experience in our clinic and external placements.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared to practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged care centres. You may also work in health promotion, teaching and consultancy, and in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Master of Speech Pathology
Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (January)
Campus:
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
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, reading and spelling.

For more information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions.
Professional recognition
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.
Prerequisite
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.
Fee amount
$36,000 per 120 credit points.
Costs
A National Police Check (or equivalent) A$16. Bridging course (Foundations in Communication Science): A$400*. Students should allow approximately A$300* per year for purchase of academic and clinical materials.
*Costs listed are 2016 fees and are indicative only.
Additional 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.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2017 are now closed.

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See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2017

Master of Speech Pathology (073116F)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
36 500
Campus
Melbourne, Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
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, reading and spelling.

For more information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 625 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English; TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 102 with a minimum for Speaking, Listening, Reading of 24, Writing of 27; or Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - A minimum grade of 76 with no communicative skill score less than 73 or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Pass Grade of A; or approved international equivalent.
Academic 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 entry requirements 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.
Additional costs
A National Police Check (or equivalent) A$16. Bridging course (Foundations in Communication Science): A$400*. Students should allow approximately A$300* per year for purchase of academic and clinical materials.
*Costs listed are 2016 fees and are indicative only.
Additional information
Applications are open throughout the year. Note also that the course requires full-time enrolment over four semesters (to complete the program within 2 years, international students must study full-time).
The Bridging Course commences on 23 January and runs for 4 weeks.

Applicants must supply the following information as part of their application: CV, 250 word personal statement and a 250 word Problem Based Learning statement. The Problem Based Learning statement should outline what the applicant's understanding of Problem Based Learning and teaching methodology is, and any experience the applicant has had with this teaching methodology. Please note there is no separate PBL form that needs to be completed; just add your PBL statement to your application form as an additional page. Please provide certified copies of transcripts (whether complete or incomplete) which must include a grading scheme (results interpretation) page.
Professional recognition
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.

It is the individual applicant's responsibility to investigate if this course meets the requirements to practice as a speech pathologist in their country of origin or their preferred country of practice.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Speech pathology placements

Clinical experience is a major component of our program. You will get practical experience at the La Trobe Communication Clinic at Melbourne campus and in external agencies such as hospitals, community health centres, schools, early childhood centres and private practice in rural, metropolitan or interstate settings. The La Trobe Communication Clinic offers extensive speech pathology services including:

  • a preschool language and phonology program funded by Community Health.
  • a preschool and school-age child fluency (stuttering) program funded by Community Health.
  • an adolescent and adult fluency (stuttering) assessment and treatment program.
  • a Phonological Awareness for Literacy program for school-aged children.
  • voice clinics for children and adults at the Melbourne campus and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Fee assistance

The Government FEE-HELP scheme is for full-fee paying, non-research postgraduate students and provides a loan based on income. This scheme applies to the Master of Speech Pathology.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Speech pathology.