Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHSP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 37,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
0101865

Degree overview

  • Help adults and children living with communication and swallowing difficulties to communicate and connect better.
  • Get real world experience with 650 hours of clinical placements as part of your study.
  • Graduate with great career prospects, as employment opportunities for Speech Pathologists are expected to grow strongly over the next five years.1
  • Study at South Australia’s No.1 university for graduate careers in health.2
  • Graduate with an honour's degree to give your unstoppable career a competitive edge from the start.
  • Learn from a university with more than 50 years’ experience in health education and research.
  • Benefit from our strong partnerships and alliances with hospitals, rehabilitation services, early childhood providers, schools, aged care facilities, disability, and community service providers.

1ABS Labour Force Survey, Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to 2018, Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 Occupational Projections. 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support - Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 

Snapshot

Snapshot

Communication is critical for building human connections and living a fulfilling life. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency, and voice.

As a Speech Pathologist, you’ll support and empower people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke , brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language.

UniSA’s Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) has Qualifying status with Speech Pathology Australia. UniSA is currently working with Speech Pathology Australia to seek full accreditation of the program in 2022.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You'll gain the knowledge required to engage in professional, ethical, and evidence-based practice. This involves drawing on skills in reasoning and reflection to provide appropriate services for people across their entire lifespan.

Speech Pathologists work with a wide range of people across different settings and manage complex and difficult issues. You’ll acquire theoretical and clinical knowledge; as well as hands-on skills to assess, diagnose and provide intervention for children and adults affected by communication difficulties. For example, brain injuries can result in difficulties understanding or producing language, slurred and imprecise speech; and changes to cognition such as attention, memory, and personality. 

In your studies, you’ll learn about the role of technology in speech pathology practice. For example, technology for understanding acoustic signals of speech and parameters of voice production, as well as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.

In the first year, you’ll develop foundational knowledge in the areas of anatomy, physiology and biopsychosocial issues that can affect people’s health, swallowing, speech, and language ability.

Your second year will focus on human communication science, clinical science, and research methods. You’ll have opportunities to learn alongside your allied health peers from occupational therapy and physiotherapy in UniSA’s community clinics. You’ll be involved in simulated tele-practice environments to deliver collaborative, quality care through clinical case scenarios.

Practice-based learning is a strong focus, particularly during the third and fourth years, where you‘ll be able to complete clinical placements in UniSA’s community clinics and in professional practice across community, hospital, aged care, early years settings and schools.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Aboriginal Health: Culture, Community and Country HLTH 1063 4.5
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Introduction to Human Communication Science HLTH 1061 4.5
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Head, Neck and Brain HLTH 1060 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
Speech and Voice Science HLTH 1064 4.5
Studies in Language Development HLTH 1062 4.5
SECOND YEAR
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice HLTH 2049 4.5
Language Analysis and Assessment HLTH 2050 4.5
Speech Sound Disorders HLTH 2051 4.5
Child Language Disorders HLTH 2047 4.5
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Acquired Language Disorders HLTH 2058 4.5
Fluency Disorders HLTH 2059 4.5
Motor Speech Disorders HLTH 2052 4.5
Hearing Disorders HLTH 2060 4.5
THIRD YEAR - PROFESSIONAL STREAM
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Social Communication and Behaviour HLTH 3091 4.5
Cognitive Communication Disorders HLTH 3092 4.5
Voice: Assessment and Management HLTH 3093 4.5
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 1 HLTH 3082 4.5
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders HLTH 3080 4.5
Technology and Multi Modal Communication HLTH 3079 4.5
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 2 HLTH 3083 4.5
Advanced Evidence Based Practice HLTH 3057 4.5
FOURTH YEAR - PROFESSIONAL STREAM
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Integrated Speech Pathology Professional Practice HLTH 4019 9
Planning, Innovation and Evaluation in Health REHB 4053 9
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 3 HLTH 4020 9
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 4 HLTH 4021 9
THIRD YEAR - RESEARCH STREAM
Note(s): 4
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Social Communication and Behaviour HLTH 3091 4.5
Cognitive Communication Disorders HLTH 3092 4.5
Voice: Assessment and Management HLTH 3093 4.5
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 1 HLTH 3082 4.5
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders HLTH 3080 4.5
Technology and Multi Modal Communication HLTH 3079 4.5
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 2 HLTH 3083 4.5
Health Science Honours Preparation REHB 3010 4.5
FOURTH YEAR - RESEARCH STREAM
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Integrated Speech Pathology Professional Practice HLTH 4019 9
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 3 HLTH 4020 9
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 4 HLTH 4021 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Honours

This is a four-year, professional degree with built in honours. You’ll graduate with industry experience and connections, as well as advanced skills to prepare you for a successful career in industry or research. 

The research component of your honours degree will include developing and undertaking a cutting-edge research project which may be either quantitative or qualitative. You'll develop relevant approaches to undertaking research through consultation, discussion, problem-solving and liaison with an experienced supervisory team.

Why Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Why this Degree

UniSA has 50 years' experience in allied health education and is proud of the rich knowledge base we’ve created.

Despite our heritage, we always look to the most innovative and relevant practices at the forefront of industry today. As the speech pathology profession is continually evolving, our curriculum remains evidence-based and industry-informed.

Healthcare today is truly multidisciplinary. Speech Pathologists work closely with other allied health professionals, such as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists. You’ll benefit from strong interdisciplinary learning opportunities throughout your degree, in preparation for this new age in clinical practice.

As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, studying at UniSA will give you the clinical experience your future profession demands. UniSA students get to apply their theoretical learning during at least 650 hours of clinical placement under the supervision of experienced industry experts across a breadth of real-world settings.  

Graduating with an honours degree from UniSA will ensure you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or postgraduate study. 

1Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Real-world connections

Talented speech pathologists are highly sought-after, and demand continues to grow. Clinical placements will help you develop relationships and networks to prepare you for entering the workforce once you’ve graduated.

You’ll also learn from industry guest speakers and work alongside experienced researchers when you undertake a research project and thesis during your final year of study. This affiliation not only provides exceptional learning opportunities, but is also an important networking opportunity.

We also host regular University-wide alumni events, employee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

A successful Speech Pathologist is pragmatic, logical, attentive, and observant. You’ll have a passion for interacting with people; be great at communication and value diversity and inclusion.

This field of work is immensely rewarding and can offer exciting challenges. Some scenarios could include

  • Working with a high school student with a stutter to speak more fluently and with confidence.
  • Training a high school teacher who constantly loses their voice to use it more effectively.
  • Helping an elderly man with dementia from a culturally and linguistically diverse background to communicate with his family and carers
  • Working with a woman post-stroke to regain her language and communication skills
  • Teaching a person to swallow safely and without choking following a brain injury
  • Giving advice to a mother whose baby was born with a cleft palate
  • Working with a young man with severe brain injury due to a motorcycle accident to communicate again.

Speech Pathologists are employed across many sectors, including:

  • hospital and acute services
  • private practice
  • ambulatory and rehabilitation services
  • aged care facilities
  • community services
  • home care programs
  • government departments
  • early years settings and kindergartens
  • schools
  • not for profit and non-government sector
  • primary health networks.


This degree prepares you for working overseas; after UniSA’s speech pathology program has full accreditation with Speech Pathology Australia. The qualification will be recognised in Australia and other countries around the world including New Zealand, Canada, USA and the UK.

Industry facts

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Employment for speech pathologists in Australia is projected to increase by 24.1% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

TAFE and RTO pathway

The minimum entry requirement for applicants seeking entry from TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO) is a diploma-level qualification. Alternatively, the minimum entry requirement for applicants with a current Enrolled Nurse Practising Certificate is a Certificate IV-level qualification.

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

SAIBT Diploma of Health Science


Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

UniSA boasts a range of interesting on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms and relaxed student lounges.

Your study spaces

Your program director

I inform teaching with the latest research findings and evidence-based practice. With over 20 years of teaching experience at university level, I have taught a wide range of courses, mostly but not limited to speech pathology students. My goal is to empower students to become leaders and agents of change in the realm of speech, language and communication disorders in today’s complex world and to actively contribute to the field of speech pathology.

Prof Maria Kambanaros

Program Director

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Prof Maria Kambanaros

Program Director

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