Bachelor of Applied Science / Master of Speech Pathology

La Trobe University

As the longest standing provider of speech pathology education in Victoria, La Trobe University understands 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 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're 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 exposure to speech pathologists. Second year allows you to focus on areas such as assisting those with hearing, speech or intellectual difficulties - including language, voice and stuttering problems - while developing capabilities in linguistics, general psychology and anatomy. You'll gain the majority of your professional placement experience in third and fourth years where you'll learn to diagnose and treat speech pathology cases using real-life examples. You'll complete placements at a range of hospital and community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, so you gain the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to adults with acquired disorders. Fourth year is the chance to participate in seminars on advanced issues in speech pathology which will sharpen your presentation skills and help you discover choose an area of specialisation. During a 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.

Course Fee:

International: $194,400

Entry Requirements:

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; International students must meet the academic and English language requirements. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


In first year, students will take core subjects with students from other health sciences courses, focusing on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, and the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. In second year, students develop speech pathology skills, acquiring knowledge of normal development, the anatomy and function of the human body, causes, types of communication, and swallowing disorders. In third and fourth years, the program utilises innovative problem-based learning and highly effective clinical learning experiences.

Subjects you can Study:

Speech pathology, physiology and anatomy.

Further information:

Local (non-International) students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year. International students may study this program at Bendigo and Melbourne campuses.


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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Related Careers:

Speech Pathologist, Therapy Aide,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Albury-Wodonga No info No Full time 4 years
Mildura No info No Part time 8 years
Shepparton No info No Full time 4 years
Mildura No info No Full time 4 years
Melbourne No info No Part time 8 years
Albury-Wodonga No info No Part time 8 years
Shepparton No info No Part time 8 years
Melbourne No info No Full time 4.5 years
Bendigo No info No Full time 4.5 years
Bendigo No info No Part time 8 years
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In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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