Master of Speech Pathology

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

Federation University offers a flexible learning approach which includes blended delivery (online learning and attendance at face-to-face classes that occur approximately twice a semester). The course is supported by our facilities in Gippsland, and our new Health and Sports Precinct in Ballarat. We have state of the art equipment and facilities where we deliver our tutorials, skill classes and workshops, simulation and preparation for practice education placements. Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing. You will work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other difficulties that can affect communication and swallowing. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist. This degree will develop your knowledge and practical skills in linguistics, language and healthcare as well as treatment and management options through coursework, clinical practice and complex case studies. Throughout the degree, you will also undertake practice education gaining valuable and relevant workplace experience. As a Speech Pathologist you may work as a clinician, educator, researcher, policy advisor, manager, advocate or consultants in a variety of industries including government and non-government organisations, education, health, welfare, policy development, community-based organisations and private practice.


2 year full-time equivalent (flexible delivery options).


  • Anatomy and physiology for speech pathology
  • Introduction to speech pathology
  • Introduction to linguistics and phonetics
  • Applied psycholinguistics for speech pathology
  • Lifespan development and communication
  • Health and healthcare in Australia
  • Language acquisition
  • Evidence-based health care
  • Health promotion for health professionals
  • Speech pathology development and impairment
  • Speech pathology clinical practice
  • Language development and impairment
  • Acquired language and speech impairment
  • Case studies in speech pathology
  • Healthcare in rural and regional Australia Swallowing disabilities across the life span
  • Complex case studies in speech pathology
  • Professional Honours project
  • Advanced clinical reasoning.

Standard entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline (e.g. Health Science, Education, Nursing)Students who have completed Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) are ineligible to apply for the Master of Speech Pathology (Graduate Entry). *Whilst there are no prerequisite study areas for admission, desirable areas include: Psychology
  • Health Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Medical Science
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Linguistics.As the number of applicants may exceed the places available, selection for admission is competitive and will be based upon academic merit.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Gippsland (Churchill) No
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years

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