Master of Speech and Language Pathology


The Master of Speech and Language Pathology is a graduate-entry professional qualification to practice as a speech language pathologist/therapist. Students generally have a background in science, linguistics, engineering, psychology, education, or health sciences and this programme provides an opportunity to enter the speech-language profession.

In the MSLP, students study the areas of clinical linguistics, evidence-based practice, introductory neuroscience, speech and language development and disorders across the lifespan, typical and atypical hearing, swallowing, fluency and voice, and professional practice.

This hands-on programme includes experiential clinical practice.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

  • Students wishing to enrol in the MSLP must have completed any bachelor's or master's degree (other than a degree specialising in speech and language therapy/pathology), with minimum of a B average.
  • In addition you must have passed one course in each of the following:
    - Biology/Anatomy and Physiology
    - Statistics.
    Where one or two prerequisites have not been met in prior study, students may take the 'missing' courses in their first year.
  • Students for whom English is not their first language must provide proof of IELTS (Academic) scores of an average of at least 7.0, with no score lower than 6.5. 
  • This programme is limited entry. See 'How to apply' below for details.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Speech and Language Pathology or use the admission requirements checker

Qualification structure and duration

Students must pass courses with a total of 240 points from Part I and Part II. Students cannot progress to Part II until Part I has been completed.

The MSLP can be completed in two years full-time or up to four years part-time.

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Speech and Language Pathology.

How to apply

Entry into Part I of the Master of Speech and Language Pathology is limited to a maximum of 20 students annually. Students must submit a separate application form to the Department of Communication Disorders by 1 October. Late enrolments will be considered if places are still available.

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Speech and Language Sciences.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Speech and Language Pathology.

For study planning help contact the Department of Communication Disorders | Te Tari Mātai Haouroa Reo or the College of Science:

College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 4141
Email collegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz

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