University of Melbourne Master of Speech Pathology
University of Melbourne Master of Speech Pathology Discipline Overview
Speech pathology is the clinical science concerned with the assessment, treatment and management of communication and swallowing disorders in infants, children and adults.
Speech pathologists work with people of all ages who are experiencing communication and/or swallowing disorders as a result of illness, injury or disability. Speech pathologists may work in a range of education and health sectors including playgroups, kindergartens, schools and universities, nursing homes, hospitals, and community health centres. They may work in the public sector or build their own speech pathology practice in the private sector. Speech pathologists may work as a sole therapist or as part of a larger interdisciplinary team (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors, audiologists, and psychologists). They may work directly with the client and their family, providing individual guidance and goals, or they may devise and implement group therapy sessions.
This profession may be of interest to those with a scientific or linguistics background who are interested in working with people.
The Master of Speech Pathology course is designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of speech pathology and to produce graduates who are ready to enter the profession. The first year of the course provides the scientific background in anatomy and physiology, articulatory and acoustic phonetics, linguistics, speech and language disorders, clinical practice and processes. The second year builds on the specialised knowledge acquired in first year, develops clinical skills and introduces students to research methods in the field. The course consists of formal lectures, seminars, practical work and student presentations along with a substantial clinical component. Students will be scheduled for approximately 400 hours of supervised clinical work at various health-care and educational facilities in metropolitan and rural areas in Victoria. The clinical work will occur throughout the semesters alongside the lectures as well as block placements during the semester breaks.
The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology offers a Master of Speech Pathology degree, which is a two-year, full-time course. Completion of this degree qualifies you to work as a speech pathologist.
The University of Melbourne’s Master of Speech Pathology program is designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of speech pathology and to produce graduates who are ready to enter the profession. The first year of the course provides the scientific background in anatomy and physiology, auditory and acoustic phonetics, linguistics, speech and language disorders, clinical practice and processes. The second year builds on the specialized knowledge acquired in first year, develops clinical skills and introduces students to research methods in the field.
Program: Master of Speech Pathology
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 30, 2014
The University of Melbourne Selection Committee will consider applications from individuals with a science, biomedical science, health-related or other relevant degree that is equivalent to a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Australian university. The selection process will involve consideration of the following:
- The applicant’s complete academic record, with emphasis on the final year/s of the undergraduate degree
- Any postgraduate study
- The relevance of previous studies to the field of audiology or speech pathology
- The applicant’s personal statement
You should also include your Grade 12 results if you have them. The Selection Committee may also request an interview or contact the applicant’s referees to assess the applicant’s suitability for a clinical career. Entry to these courses is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process. It is recommended that applicants have a 75% cumulative average or above.