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.
Annual tuition fee (A$)
41 000
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

Subject prerequisites

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.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

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 the areas of 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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

41 000

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

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805. Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Additional information

Accelerated study program. This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.

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.

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