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Key details

Duration

2 year/s full-time
4 year/s part-time
2 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

160

Course code

SSLT01
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Master of Speech and Language Therapy is a two-year graduate entry program that provides the skills to deliver quality speech and language pathology services, with a focus on underserved contexts nationally and globally. This degree equips you to have the clinical skills to tailor your service provision in response to the changing demands of the Australian health systems.
The Master of Speech and Language Therapy is designed for students who are seeking a diverse and rewarding health career with a focus on communication rights and improving the lives of individuals experiencing speech or language disability and/or swallowing disorders.

The course offers flexibility in learning with online delivery, complemented with intensive on-campus residentials, and clinical learning. This course incorporates health practicums supported by CDU academics and registered Speech Pathology professionals. There are unique placement opportunities in the Northern Territory local, rural and remote areas.

CDU welcomes First Nations students and has dedicated support on hand to help support you through your degree.

Professional recognition

The course has been designed to meet the accreditation standards of Speech Pathology Australia and is a Qualifying Course with Speech Pathology Australia. CDU will seek accreditation of the award courses prior to the first cohort of students graduating to enable graduates to be eligible for membership with Speech Pathology Australia, in line with the SPA accreditation process for new courses.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

The course is undertaken online, with intensive on-campus residentials and placements providing the clinical learning.

Course structure


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(15 units)
160cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below.

HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health
SLT501 Foundations of Communication Analysis
SLT502 Principles of Dysphagia
SLT503 Working as a Speech Pathologist
SLT504 Early childhood speech, language and hearing disorders
SLT505 Acquired Language disorders
SLT506 Fluency and Voice
SLT507 Motor Speech for Children and Adults (available from 2023)
SLT508 Diversity in Communication (available from 2023)
SLT510 Working with school aged children and special needs (available from 2023)
SLT511 Communication across the lifespan
PHM527 Health Research Skills
SLT601 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1
SLT602 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2 (available from 2023)
SLT603 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (20 CP) (available from 2023)

 160Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitWIL = Work Integrated Learning
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SLT506 Fluency and VoiceCOSLT502 Principles of DysphagiaCO
SLT511 Communication across the lifespanCOSLT504 Early childhood speech, language and hearing disordersCO
SLT501 Foundations of Communication AnalysisCOSLT505 Acquired Language disordersCO
SLT503 Working as a Speech PathologistCOSLT601 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1CO
Year 2
SLT507 Motor Speech for Children and AdultsCOPHM527 Health Research SkillsCO
SLT508 Diversity in CommunicationCOHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCO
SLT602 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2COSLT603 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (20 CP)CO
SLT510 Working with school aged children and special needsCO

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitWIL = Work Integrated Learning
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SLT501 Foundations of Communication AnalysisCOSLT505 Acquired Language disordersCO
SLT511 Communication across the lifespanCOSLT504 Early childhood speech, language and hearing disordersCO
Year 2
SLT506 Fluency and VoiceCOSLT502 Principles of DysphagiaCO
SLT503 Working as a Speech PathologistCOSLT601 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1WIL
Year 3
SLT510 Working with school aged children and special needsCOPHM527 Health Research SkillsCO
SLT507 Motor Speech for Children and AdultsCOHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCO
Year 4
SLT602 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2WILSLT603 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (20 CP)WIL
SLT508 Diversity in CommunicationCO

 

Entry requirements

Quota

The Master of Speech and Language Therapy is a highly competitive course with a limited number of places. This means that although you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the course, you may not receive an offer. Subquotas are in place for First Nation and NT Resident applicants.

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification with at least a credit average (GPA of 5.00).

Short-listed applicants may be required to undertake an interview.

Whilst you may meet the advertised minimum entry requirements, this does not guarantee you a place in the course, instead offers will be made on merit.

Essential requirements

If you are undertaking a course with clinical or fieldwork placements you must demonstrate compliance with the following checks and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing clinical/fieldwork placements. A national and/or international Police Check and a current Working with Children Check is required regarding suitability to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 7.0 with no score below a 7.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)Test not accepted for this course.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyTest not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 65 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 94 with a minimum score of 24 in reading and listening, a minimum score of 27 in writing and a minimum score of 23 in speaking.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
Award
Master of Speech and Language Therapy
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Allied Health Sciences, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM632
N/A
Online (FF)
1CM632
N/A
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
108292H

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