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C04386v1 Master of Speech Pathology

Award(s): Master of Speech Pathology (MSpPath)
UAC code: 940923 (Calendar B Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 098167M
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Applications
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The UTS Master of Speech Pathology is a two-year, graduate-entry course. Grounded firmly in the profession with an innovative and practice-based approach, the course enables students to actively participate in learning as they acquire the clinical and professional skills needed to enter the profession of speech pathology.

This postgraduate professional course prepares students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to work in speech pathology in the private and public sectors. Over the two-year course, students have the opportunity to use the latest digital technologies for health and education and learn about the business and professional aspects of speech pathology. They learn ways to prepare for changes to the workforce expected with the growth of the private practice sector, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and the use of personal electronic health records. Through a variety of learning experiences, students are immersed in meaningful interprofessional coursework, clinical practice with children and adults, and clinical research.

Course aims

The course prepares students for their future work as speech pathologists, competent to actively engage in clinical reasoning and case-based learning in a wide variety of contexts.

Career options

Speech pathologists work with children and adults with communication and swallowing disability in a range of settings including hospitals, health centres, schools and private practices. With the constant advancements in information and communication technologies and digital health solutions, along with growth in the private sector and clinical research, speech pathologists have a diverse range of career trajectories. The UTS Master of Speech Pathology prepares students for a rewarding career that empowers individuals and communities towards improved communication and swallowing, for participation and inclusion in all aspects of society.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Practice as entry-level speech pathologists in the assessment, treatment and management of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.
1.2 Apply the bio-psycho-social model of health and disability, as reflected in the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Function, Disability and Health; and integrate health and disability systems and concerns into their clinical practice.
2.1 Reflect on their own knowledge, skills and attributes to identify areas for continuing professional development; and engage in learning activities that enable their further development of skills in contemporary practice.
2.2 Apply the design elements of research; analyse and synthesise literature; identify gaps in the literature; and be able to contribute to new research in the field of speech pathology.
3.1 Embody professionalism in their ethical practice; their collaboration with clients, families, and communities; and their person-centred approach to practice.
3.2 Communicate effectively in both face-to-face and online interactions in their professional practice; and present accessible information with clarity to a variety of audiences.
4.1 Demonstrate respect and value for diverse ways of knowing, being and doing; in particular recognising the diversity of Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing and integrating this knowledge into practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

In addition to a completed bachelor's degree, applicants must have also completed the following subjects at a tertiary level within the last 10 years and must provide relevant subject outlines with their application:

  • one biology subject
  • one human anatomy subject
  • one human physiology subject.

For prerequisite checking, students must provide a copy of the subject or unit descriptions from the university handbook (or equivalent) of the university where they completed the subjects. If students are unsure whether the previous study meets prerequisite requirements, they can submit the subject outlines for pre-assessment via email.

Selected applicants are required to undertake a short interview with a panel and final offers are dependent upon interview rank. Applicants are assessed in the areas of communication skills, interpersonal skills, interest in speech pathology, and commitment to speech pathology as a career.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications

Local students

Domestic applicants can apply directly or via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applications should include a certified copy of any relevant academic transcript(s), subject outlines, and any other relevant supporting documentation.

International students

International applicants apply via UTS: International.

Course duration and attendance

The course is an intensive two-year, full-time degree. Students are not permitted to enrol part time. In addition to coursework during sessions, students are required to undertake clinical placements during session and block clinical placements during mid-session breaks.

Course structure

This course comprises a total of 96 credit points. Students must complete a total of seven 6-credit-point coursework subjects, three 6-credit-point research subjects, three 6-credit-point clinical practice subjects and one 6-credit-point elective.

Course completion requirements

STM91288 Core subjects (Speech Pathology) 96cp
Total 96cp

Course program

A typical course program is provided below.

Calendar B Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Calendar B Autumn session
96115 Evidence-based Practice in Speech Pathology   6cp
96116 Fundamentals in Speech Pathology   6cp
96117 Speech Sound Disorders in Children   6cp
96118 Language Disorders in Children   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
96119 Research Design in Speech Pathology   6cp
96120 Augmentative and Alternative Communication   6cp
96124 Swallowing Disorders   6cp
96122 Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 1   6cp
Year 2
Calendar B Autumn session
96123 Literature Review in Speech Pathology   6cp
96121 Stuttering   6cp
96125 Acquired Communication Disability in Adults   6cp
96126 Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 2   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
96128 Voice Disorders   6cp
96129 Integrated Practice in Speech Pathology   6cp
96130 Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 3   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
96127 Research Project in Speech Pathology 6cp  
96131 Social Media in Speech Pathology 6cp  

Other information

Register to attend an information session and/or contact:

UTS: Speech Pathology
email gsh.future@uts.edu.au
telephone +61 2 9514 1448