La Trobe University

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology


Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.
As the longest standing provider of speech pathology education in Victoria, we understand no two days of the profession are alike. This four-year course considers every aspect of speech pathology, teaching you to diagnose and treat issues such as speech and language problems, stuttering, voice and swallowing difficulties. The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings.

In first year you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of human biosciences, the factors influencing health, and the requirements of working as a health professional. First year also includes observational opportunities and mentoring by speech pathologists.

Second year allows you to focus on developing your knowledge of typical communication development, linguistics, general psychology and anatomy. Your third and fourth years include learning how to diagnose and treat speech pathology cases using real-life examples and a range of. professional placement experiences.

Our students complete placements at a range of hospital and community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, so you'll gain the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to adults with acquired disorders.

Fourth year is also your chance to participate in seminars on advanced issues in speech pathology. These will sharpen your presentation skills and help you discover your areas of special interest. During your clinical placement, you could be involved in the development of resources and projects aimed at helping the speech pathology community.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 30 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. 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.

Special consideration

A study score of 30 in any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Health and Human Development equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.


If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

Graduates practice in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged-care centres. They can also find employment in areas such as health promotion, teaching, and consultancy work in communication and presentation. Employment opportunities also exist in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.

Additional costs

Students should allow approximately AUD$200 for books, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded items must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property. In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for an undergraduate degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

Additional information

NOTE: students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year (regional students cannot transfer to the Melbourne Campus).
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website. You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.

Advanced Standing (credit)

If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more

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.