Macquarie University

Master of Speech and Language Pathology



University Location North Ryde, New South Wales
City Population 5 million
Student Population 40,200
Int'l Student Population 8,600
Main Campus North Ryde
Program Campus North Ryde
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $53,600 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline October 30 each year*
International Places 5


The Master of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP) at Macquarie University began in 2001. It prepares graduates for the profession of speech pathology, enabling them to work clinically with individuals with developmental or acquired communication disorders.

The program enables individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field to qualify as speech pathologists in two years and to obtain a master’s degree. It follows the Speech Pathology Association of Australia Competency Based Standards for Speech Pathologists and is accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.


Macquarie’s speech pathology program will provide you with basic knowledge of both institutional and societal structures as well as political influences of importance to individuals with disabilities. This is aimed to increase your understanding of optimal ways of facilitating participation and advocacy for individuals with communication impairments.

Key benefits

  • Provides both a specialist and a multidisciplinary holistic approach to language and communication
  • Offers extensive clinical practicum experiences, ensuring you have maximum exposure to individuals demonstrating the full range of communication and swallowing disabilities
  • Covers a range of topics including intercultural communication, neuroanatomy, psycho-linguistics, and aphasia
  • Offers access to the Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic

The clinical portion consists of supervised clinical practice in both on- and off-campus clinics across a variety of settings. These include hospitals, schools, community health centres, and nursing homes. You will attend clinic one day per week during each semester, and in four-week blocks at the end of each semester. You will also attend specialist clinic observations throughout the course.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree (related discipline preferred), from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7/4.0 (approximately 70% +) and have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following areas:

  • Linguistics
  • Psychology

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline is generally the end of October, offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.


“I’ve had some incredible clinical educators that I’ve learned so much from”

I love it. It feels like a home away from home. There are so many services and activities offered, the facilities are lovely, I'm very pleased. I'm enjoying every minute. It's almost going by too fast! The staff are highly educated and supportive, they're approachable and kind. I'm also enjoying my clinical placements, I've had some incredible clinical educators that I've learned so much from and am so grateful for. I feel like I could talk for days about this!

Macquarie University Danielle R
Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Macquarie University, 2019