Master of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP)

Therapist and child with wooden blocks

UC’s MSLP qualification is a full-time two-year 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. 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 (clinical) practice.

Candidates must: 

  • Hold a prior degree (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  • Have passed at least one course in Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism. We recommend SPSC 161 which is available in Semester One and over summer 
  • Have passed at least one course in Statistics. We recommend STAT 101
  • Have a minimum of a B average from a prior undergraduate or postgraduate degree
  • Be aware there will be an interview with Departmental Representatives

The recent government mandate regarding vaccination of workers in the education and health and disability sectors means that speech-language therapy and audiology students will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to complete the practical or clinical requirements for their programme.  Students enrolled in speech-language therapy and audiology programmes for 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated by February 1st, 2022.

English language requirements:

  • Candidates must speak English as their native language, or
  • IETLS Academic with an average score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

The deadline for Applications is the 1st October. Late enrolments will be considered if places are still available.

Applications must include:

  • Two letters of recommendation.  Please arrange for the two recommendation/referee forms to be completed and submitted directly by each referee.  At least one referee should be chosen for their ability to answer questions about your safety to work with children.
  • A statement of purpose (i.e. why do you want to take the degree?)

International students

International students must apply for admission to UC before or at the same time as their application to the MSLP. Immigration requirements must also be fulfilled.
We do not use GRE scores and there is no entrance exam.

Find out about fees on this page.

Master of Speech and Language Pathology degree structure

Part I 
First Semester Second Semester and Summer Term
SPSC661 Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition SPSC662 Fluency Disorders

HEAR663 Introduction to Audiologic Assessment and Management 

SPSC665 Speech & Language Disorders in Children
SPSC664 Professional Studies & Clinical Practice 1 SPSC666 Voice Disorders
SPSC667 Neuroscience of Communication & Swallowing SPSC668 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice 2 (Oct-Jan Clinic)

*B average is Required to progress from part I to part II

Part II 
First Semester Second Semester and Summer Term
SPSC669 Dysphagia & Related Disorders - Diagnosis SPSC673 Motor Speech Disorders
SPSC670 Aphasia & Related Disorders SPSC674 Dysphagia & Related Disorders - Management
SPSC671 Applied Research & Clinical Practice 3 SPSC675 Complex Communication Disorders
SPSC672 Spoken and Written Language Disorders in Educational Settings SPSC676 Professional Studies & Clinical Practice 4

‌‌This is a two-step process and both need to be done by 1 October. Prospective students will need to:

  1. Apply for Admission to the University of Canterbury. This can be done via myUC
  2. Submit an application directly to the School of Psychology, Speech & Hearing using our application and recommendation forms:

Need more information?

Catherine Theys

Senior Lecturer
MSLP Programme Director & Year 1 Coordinator
Psychology 324
Internal Phone: 94516

Nicky Drake

Professional Programmes Administrator (BSLP(Hons), MSLP, M Aud)
Psychology 226
Internal Phone: 91066

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