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Curtin University – Master of Speech Pathology

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In honour of National Speech & Hearing Awareness month, KOM highlights Curtin University and the Master of Speech Pathology program.
Curtin University is just one of six Australian universities that offer Australian Speech Pathology programs in Australia.

The Master of Speech Pathology program at Curtin University starts in February and is two years in length. The application deadline for the March 2014 intake is October31st.

About the Program: 

This graduate entry master course will develop your understanding of normal communication development, developmental and acquired communication and swallowing disorders, speech pathology, clinical practice, clinical measurement and research. Your studies will be supported by extensive clinical practice.

You will be provided with the skills and knowledge to practise as a speech pathologist, which involves diagnosing, treating and providing management services to people of all ages with communication disorders, including speech, language, voice, fluency and literacy difficulties, or people who have physical problems with eating or swallowing.

The course focuses primarily on four areas:

Behavioural science: understanding human behaviour, including the complex processes involved in speaking, thinking, reasoning and interacting with others.

Cognitive neuroscience: studying anatomy, physiology and cognitive processes involved in normal and disordered communication and swallowing.

Rehabilitation science: understanding rehabilitation techniques and principles involved in the treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.

Speech science: exploring areas such as speech signals, acoustic and physiological measurement, physiological and cognitive processes in speech perception and production, and computer-based speech recognition and synthesis.


2014 entry requirements:

An honours degree or a bachelor degree with a course-weighted average of 65% or greater, or a bachelor degree plus at least two years’ relevant post-qualification work experience. Your work experience will be assessed on the basis of your level of seniority, job description, work-based referee report, publications or other written reports and short courses or conference attendance.

You should also have studied human biology and statistics at university level. Those who have not will be required to complete additional units in this area before commencing the course.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.