Study pathway to

Speech pathology

Part-time and accelerated study options available

Speech pathologists assess and treat disorders of communication in areas such as speech, voice, language and fluency.

Clients include children who fail to develop normal communication and people who acquire communication problems as a result of disease or injury such as stroke. A person’s ability to communicate may also be impaired because of disabilities such as hearing loss, brain damage, intellectual disability, stuttering, malfunction of the speech or respiratory organs, or emotional disturbances. In addition, speech pathologists work with clients who have feeding or swallowing problems.

To become a speech pathologist:

Step 1
Undertake a Bachelor of Biomedicine or Science, or any degree with a major in Linguistics, Psychology or another relevant discipline.

Step 2
Choose the Master of Speech Pathology at Melbourne.

Example pathway

Year 1 Undergraduate Year 2 Year 3 Year 4   Year 5 Graduate Year 6
Bachelor of Arts   Master of Speech Pathology
Bachelor of Biomedicine      
Bachelor of Science      
Bachelor of Agriculture      
Bachelor of Commerce      
Bachelor of Fine Arts      
Bachelor of Music      
Bachelor of Oral Health      
Bachelor of Design      
Bachelor of Arts Extended    
Bachelor of Science Extended    

Or any approved undergraduate degree


About the Master of Speech Pathology
The Master of Speech Pathology provides comprehensive training in all aspects of the profession. You will develop critical skills and learn about auditory and acoustic phonetics, anatomy and physiology, linguistics, speech and language disorders and clinical practice and processes, along with an introduction to research in the field.

Entry requirements
This program may have specific entry requirements such as prerequisite subjects or a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) that must be completed to be considered for entry.

To apply for a Master of Speech Pathology, you must complete a bachelors degree in Biomedicine or Science. You may also complete any undergraduate degree with a major in linguistics, psychology or another relevant discipline.

Guaranteed entry
The University offers guaranteed entry into selected graduate degrees to domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia. Eligible students must enrol in a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree immediately following year 12, or be granted a deferral by the University. These guarantees are usually based on your ATAR/notional ATAR.

Find out if you’re eligible for guaranteed entry.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
Chancellor’s Scholars at Melbourne are guaranteed a place in the graduate program of their choice, and participate in a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Find out more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship