Flinders University

Master of Speech Pathology

Graduate

Details

University Location Adelaide, South Australia
City Population 1.4 million
Student Population 26,000
Int'l Student Population 5,400
Main Campus Bedford Park
Program Campus Bedford Park
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $42,500 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake March
Next Available Intake March 2020
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*

Overview

This coursework program is founded on principles designed to encourage lifelong learning in the practice of speech pathology. It involves an innovative, integrated inquiry-based curriculum, incorporating a problem-based learning format. This approach is supported by a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, workshops, clinical skills tutorials and practicum.

A variety of assessment methods are used, including peer and self-assessment, performance within authentic tasks and competency-based assessment of practical work.

Program

The program is highly integrated and comprises three streams of study:

Professional studies and communication sciences
In the professional studies and communication sciences stream, the content is delivered via problem-based learning tutorials. It involves working through a weekly case study in small groups facilitated by a tutor and followed up with independent learning. These case studies are also supported by lectures and other learning resources and cover the areas of professional practice: speech, language, voice, fluency, swallowing and multimodal communication. These areas are considered in relation to lifespan development and socio-cultural context and how they impact health and well-being.

Speech pathology skills and practice
In the speech pathology skills and practice topic stream, you are allocated to work-integrated learning placements under the supervision of placement educators. Regular clinical skills tutorials on campus support development of skills and knowledge.

The Flinders University Speech and Language Early Intervention Clinic is a private clinic run by Speech Pathology & Audiology in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The clinic provides speech and language assessment and therapy services to children between 18 months and 6 years of age. Ongoing services are available for children under 6 years of age.

This clinic is run by an experienced speech pathology clinical educator who is employed by Flinders University. As a speech pathology student in the clinic, you will gain additional clinical placement hours and will be directly supervised by the speech pathology clinical educator.

Research methods
The research methods stream aims to ensure you become familiar with evidence-based practice in the discipline of speech pathology. It also supports you to understand, critique and apply research methodology, so that you are an informed consumer of research, can use it to inform your practice and are able to develop an understanding of yourself as a practitioner-researcher.

You will experience work-integrated learning from the start of your program, practicing your skills under the supervision of clinical educators. Extensive practical experience commences in the first three weeks of the course and continues throughout. Placements may be in Adelaide, country areas of South Australia or the Northern Territory, and in some circumstances overseas.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have an approved university degree with a minimum of credit average (GPA of 5/7). No specific undergraduate degree is required for admission.

2. Interview
Participate in a structured interview (may be by Skype).

Admission will be based on the combined scores from a structured interview and your best GPA from a previous bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Admission Timeline

*Applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.