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Bring the gift of communication to the community

A speech pathologist is a professional trained to identify, assess and rehabilitate children and adults with communication disorders in areas such as speech, voice, language and fluency. Griffith’s Master of Speech Pathology is a two year full time program offered at our Gold Coast campus. It encourages personal and professional development through:

  • a problem-based learning curriculum
  • active learning in small groups
  • clinical placements that integrate theory and practice

This program will also develop your research literacy, enhancing your ability to respond effectively to the changing nature of professional knowledge and practice, and ensuring you have the skills to provide quality services throughout your professional life.

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Study speech pathology at Griffith

Help others in a crucial, growing field of medicine

Communication is a fundamental part of human life, and difficulties can have enormous ramifications. Studying speech pathology at Griffith, you’ll learn to diagnose, develop strategies and treat people of all ages in a range of different contexts.

Our degree is extremely hands-on, designed to provide the comprehensive education you’ll need to work as an effective, empathetic speech pathologist in Australia.

Clinical placements are instrumental and commence from the start of the degree – so you’re immediately able to apply what you’re learning in a clinical setting.

At Griffith we collaborate with a wide range of service providers in South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales to ensure our students receive the best clinical placement opportunities. These are through our partnerships with a broad range of government and non-government agencies across health, education, disability, and aged care. We also conduct on-site internal speech pathology clinics in the Griffith Health Centre on our Gold Coast campus.

Although there are no prerequisites to enter our program, the Master of Speech Pathology will appeal to people with an interest and/or background in:

  • Education
  • Health science
  • Linguistics
  • Human services
  • Psychology
  • Medical science
  • Public health

The Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia.

Our world-class facilities and research provide an edge

The $150 million Griffith Health Centre on our Gold Coast campus operates over the road from the 750-bed Gold Coast University Hospital and a new 250-bed private hospital. It's a unique environment in which to gain unrivalled clinical experiences. Our leading-edge research in many areas of medical science informs our degree content, helping to produce forward-thinking graduates ready to make their mark in a healthcare career.

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Master of Speech Pathology Gold Coast

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.


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Career outcomes

Producing highly employable graduates

Griffith graduates have enjoyed strong success, including being offered all five new positions in a Queensland Health new graduate position round

“These positions are highly competitive and much sought after by graduating students from all speech pathology programs,” said discipline head, Associate Professor Elizabeth Cardell.

You’ll be eligible to apply for membership of Speech Pathology Australia and work as a fully accredited speech pathologist.

Career opportunities exist in a variety of areas including:

  • Hospitals
  • Community health centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Schools (kindergarten to high school)
  • Nursing homes
  • Disability services
  • Private practice

Career paths are also available in academia, research and management.

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