Master of Speech Pathology (M7G)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Launceston
Semester 2

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Entry requirements

Location

As a graduate of the Master of Speech Pathology, you will develop the knowledge and skills to work as an autonomous speech pathologist and respond to the needs of individuals and communities who experience difficulties with communication and swallowing. You will have the tools to provide safe, ethical and quality person, family and community-centred practice in complex and changing environments. Working across a range of health, education and private settings, you will provide evidence-based services to people and communities in local, national and global contexts. Effective communication skills will enable you to work in partnership with others and collaboratively in interprofessional teams. You will also develop the tools to lead, advocate and innovate to develop socially responsible and sustainable actions that support every individual’s right to optimal communication and swallowing.

The course prepares speech pathologists for entry into practice, capable of providing quality and safe person, community and population centred care across a range of geographical and clinical settings, including rural and remote areas. Emphasis is placed on preparing graduates as critically reflective, evidence-based practitioners to work collaboratively in interprofessional teams and provide leadership and innovation to the development of socially, ethically and culturally sensitive solutions to communication and swallowing problems experienced across the lifespan.

  • 1 Apply core values and principles of speech pathology using a professional approach to inquiry to inform legal, ethical and socially responsible decision making.
  • 2 Identify and apply key theoretical, conceptual and interprofessional practice approaches to ensure services provided with people with communication and swallowing difficulties are person-centred, safe, effective, equitable, timely, and efficient.
  • 3 Communicate and collaborate with individuals, communities, and other stakeholders to provide culturally responsive, coordinated services to achieve optimal outcomes for individuals and communities in local, national and global contexts.
  • 4 Apply evidence-based approaches in the assessment, diagnosis, intervention planning and ongoing decision-making of individuals and communities to optimise communication and swallowing function, health, education, participation, societal inclusion, and wellbeing.
  • 5 Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development and life-long, self-directed learning, and critical reflective practice and agility for working in complex and changing environments.
  • 6 Use critical inquiry, innovation, research literacy and translational research practice to promote use and creation of research to develop socially responsive leaders and creative change agents in working with and advocating for people with communication and swallowing abilities.
  • Career outcomes

    The Master of Speech Pathology requires professional accreditation. Speech Pathology Australia is recognised by the Department of Education, Skills and Workplace Relations, as the assessing authority for speech pathologists in Australia, and by the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP) as the professional body which represents speech pathologists in Australia. Speech Pathology Australia is therefore the accrediting body for university programs that offer speech pathology education.


    SHS has engaged in discussions with SPA about our intentions to develop a new course for accreditation since Feb 2019. The briefing note and associated documentation was submitted to the CHM Professional Accreditation Committee via the School and College Learning and Teaching Committees in October 2020. Approval to activate course accreditation was provided by the CHM Leadership Team in January 2021.

    SPA has awarded the University of Tasmania Master of Speech Pathology course a qualifyingclassification that is awarded to new programs that are seeking accreditation for the first time and have not yet undergone accreditation evaluation.

    The full accreditation submission is due to SPA in  November 2022, and full accreditation will be determined in the year prior to the first cohort of students graduating from the course. SPA has indicated the site visit will take place in the  first half of 2023.

     

    Course structure

    To graduate from the Master of Speech Pathology, a student must satisfactorily complete 200 credit points of study comprising fifteen (15) core units.

    This unit introduces the scope of public health practice in the 21st century and the social, political and economic context within which public health practitioners operate. The unit combines theoretical and practical material to assist students to understand the social…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit introduces students to foundational concepts related to joining a regulated profession and practicing in a health discipline. Allied health roles and contexts of professional practice are introduced and situated within the health care system. With a focus on…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit introduces students to the speech pathology role supporting every individual's right to optimal communication and swallowing, and the foundational speech pathology theoretical, clinical reasoning and practice frameworks that will be applied and integrated throughout the Master of Speech…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This professional experience placement unit brings together core fundamental speech pathology practice knowledge and skills and requires students to apply them to work in supervised practice with children and adults. The focus is on professional experiential learning, including application of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this professional experience placement, students will focus on the assessment and interpretation of clinical and instrumental data to explore feeding and swallowing in children and adults. The socio-cultural importance, development, and maintenance of mealtime, feeding, and swallowing skills are…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit explores how historical, cultural and social elements, as well as previous and contemporary policy frameworks, shape the health and wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Cultural safety, self-determination and collaboration are central concepts within…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit will equip students with an understanding of the research methods used in health disciplines in order to interpret published research, and design research of their own. The Unit content includes the theoretical underpinning of both qualitative and quantitative…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit uses the lifespan continuum to equip students with an understanding of the core knowledge and skills related to conditions associated with motor delay or coordination difficulties; neurological impairment; sensory impairment; attention and behaviour; genetic, intellectual and/or multiple impairments;…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    This unit consolidates knowledge and skills related to leadership and public health and synthesises them with business skills critical for allied health professionals working in community-based settings or moving into business within health care. Principles of population health are used…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    Admission to the Master of Speech Pathology is highly competitive and achieving the entry requirements does not guarantee an offer for this course.

    Applicants who meet the entry requirements are ranked and offers are made based on the number of places available.

    This course uses a minimum credit GPA requirement of 5 for prior tertiary education and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process.

    Applicants must have:

    Completed a Bachelor or Master degree (other than Speech Pathology) from an Australian university or equivalent, having completed, in the last 5 years, the equivalent of:

    one unit (12.5 credit points or equivalent) of human anatomy, including detailed head, neck and thorax anatomy (or the equivalent UTAS Short Course)

    one unit (12.5 credit points or equivalent) of study in research methods and/or evidence-based practice, (or the equivalent UTAS Short Course) and

    one unit (12.5 credit points or equivalent) of linguistics (or the equivalent UTAS Short Course).

    Students will be required to provide a short video (3-5 minutes) stating their motivation to enter the speech pathology profession.

     

    Admission to the Master of Speech Pathology is highly competitive and achieving the entry requirements does not guarantee an offer for this course.

    Applicants who meet the entry requirements are ranked and offers are made based on the number of places available.

    This course uses a minimum credit GPA requirement of 5 for prior tertiary education and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process.

    Applicants must have:

    Completed a Bachelor or Master degree (other than Speech Pathology) from an Australian university or equivalent, having completed, in the last 5 years, the equivalent of:

    one unit (12.5 credit points or equivalent) of human anatomy, including detailed head, neck and thorax anatomy (or the equivalent UTAS Short Course)

    one unit (12.5 credit points or equivalent) of study in research methods and/or evidence-based practice, (or the equivalent UTAS Short Course) and

    one unit (12.5 credit points or equivalent) of linguistics (or the equivalent UTAS Short Course).

    Students will be required to provide a short video (3-5 minutes) stating their motivation to enter the speech pathology profession.

    The English language requirement is set at IELTS Academic minimum score of 8 overall and a minimum score of 8 in each individual band OR successful* completion of a minimum of 12 months of full time (or equivalent) studies undertaken at institutions in Australia, UK, US, Singapore, Canada or NZ within the previous 24 months.

    * Good academic progress must have been made with passes in more than 50% of enrolment in any given semester.

    The IELTS result must be no older than two years and six months at the expected course commencement date.

    Conditional offers may be made; however, evidence of meeting English Language requirements must be provided before applicants commence study.

    Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

    There is no articulation from and to other courses.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic postgraduate student, you might be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    An important note on Youth Allowance and Austudy

    The Department of Social Services has approved some accredited and professionally-oriented Master courses for student payments through Youth Allowance or Austudy. This means if you enrol in one of these courses, you may be eligible for student payments. However, please be aware that this is not the case for all Master courses. Please visit our Scholarships, Fees and Costs website for further information.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

    International students

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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