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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

414502 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 91.80 (for 2020)
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • Experience a rewarding career helping people of all ages who are living with communication and/or swallowing difficulties.
  • Take part in clinical placements as part of your study.
  • Graduate with strong career prospects, with career opportunities for Speech Pathologists expected to grow strongly over the next five years1 with an increase in NDIS services.
  • Graduate with an honours degree that will ensure you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry.
  • 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, and 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.



Speech Pathologists assess and provide diagnoses for people of all ages who are living with swallowing and feeding difficulties as well as communication disorders including hearing, understanding and producing language, speaking, reading and writing. You will work to support and empower people with conditions such as developmental delay and disorder, autism spectrum disorder and neurological conditions like stroke, brain injury, dementia, stuttering and hearing impairments.

You will be required to apply your theoretical learning during approximately 650 hours of clinical placement under the supervision of experienced industry experts across a variety of settings.  

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,1 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

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.

1Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings. Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.
UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Knowledge and skills in problem solving, communication, lifelong learning, ethical standards and valuing difference are emphasised and developed throughout the degree. You will acquire the theoretical and clinical knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and provide intervention for children and adults affected by communication and swallowing 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. 

As part of your studies, you will learn with technology used by Speech Pathologists. For example, technology for hearing screening assessments and understanding acoustic signals of speech and voice production.

During the first year of the degree you will develop foundation knowledge in the areas of anatomy, physiology and biopsychosocial issues that can affect people’s health, swallowing, speech and language ability.

The second year of study focuses on human communication science, clinical science in speech pathology, and research methods. You will also have opportunities to learn with your allied health peers from areas like physiotherapy and podiatry in the UniSA Community Clinics. Enjoy activities focused on a simulated telepractice environment where you will learn together about each discipline to deliver collaborative, quality care through clinical case scenarios.

Practice-based learning is a strong focus, particularly during the third and fourth years of the program where you will be able to complete clinical placements in the UniSA Community Clinics and in professional practice settings including community, hospital, aged care and early years settings and schools.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 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
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Studies in Language Development HLTH 1062 4.5
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
Studies in Cognitive Neuroscience and Motor Speech Disorders HLTH 2052 4.5
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Acquired Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders HLTH 2046 4.5
Child Language Disorders HLTH 2047 4.5
Hearing Disorders and Fluency Disorders HLTH 2048 4.5
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Management in Allied Health Practice HLTH 3081 4.5
Voice and Speech Science HLTH 3084 4.5
Counselling and Collaborative Practice in Speech Pathology HLTH 3078 4.5
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 1 HLTH 3082 4.5
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders HLTH 3080 4.5
Disability and Multimodal Communication HLTH 3079 4.5
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 2 HLTH 3083 4.5
Health Science Honours Preparation REHB 3010 4.5
Study Period 1, 2 or 3
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Speech Pathology Fieldwork 3 HLTH 4020 9
Study Period 4, 5 or 6
Integrated Speech Pathology Professional Practice HLTH 4019 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 and 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. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. 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


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

The research component of your honours degree will include developing and undertaking a research project which may be either quantitative or qualitative. You will 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 more than 50 years' experience in allied health education and is proud of the rich knowledge base we have created. Speech Pathologists work closely with other allied health professionals, such as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Psychologists, and you will benefit from strong interdisciplinary learning opportunities throughout your degree, in preparation for clinical practice.

Speech Pathologists understand that health and wellbeing is affected by a person’s environment, the things they do, and their state of health. They work with a wide range of people in a number of settings and manage complex and difficult problems.

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

You will spend approximately 650 hours completing industry placements in metropolitan, rural or regional settings, providing you with the opportunity to consolidate and apply your knowledge and skills.

The Speech Pathology profession is continually evolving, so our curriculum is based on innovative research, meaning your degree is evidence-based and industry-informed.

Real-world connections

During your clinical placements you will develop relationships and networks to prepare you for entering the workforce once you’ve graduated.

You will 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 employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

A successful Speech Pathologist is pragmatic, logical, attentive and observant. You will have a passion for interacting with people, communication, and value diversity and inclusion. This field of work is immensely rewarding and can offer exciting challenges, assisting people of all ages to overcome communication, physical and psychological barriers in their life.

As a Speech Pathologist you can gain employment in a range of settings across the various health, education, disability and community sectors, working with people across the lifespan 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; when 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 United Kingdom.

You may also choose to pursue a career in research – graduates with honours degrees are highly sought after by prospective employers, particularly within academia and research settings. 

Industry facts


Employment for speech pathologists in Australia is projected to increase by 24.5 per cent by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Preferred Pathways

Option 1:
Direct Entry
Option 2:
Undergraduate Pathway
Apply for your preferred degree directly via SATAC
Choose one of the following degrees and complete a year of full-time or equivalent part-time study; then apply for your preferred degree via SATAC using your competitive Grade Point Average (GPA). 
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
Bachelor of Human Movement OR
Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) OR
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Please note that all pathways are competitive and no guaranteed due to limited places. A competitive Grade Point Average (GPA) and other entry criteria (including prerequisites) apply. For more information, visit unisa.edu.au/study or contact our Future Student Enquiries Team at unisa.edu.au/enquire or on (08) 8302 2376.

Alternative Pathways

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.

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

SAIBT Diploma of Health Science


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is 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 student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

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, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will also be able to experience a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

Your study spaces

Your program director

I have the privilege of directing a degree delivered by experienced Speech Pathologist educators and researchers in their field. As a team, we hold a philosophy that students are partners in learning, and we promote staff and student collegiality. I have a passion and commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and with many varied learning styles and to enable students to graduate as practice-ready Speech Pathologists.

Ms Stefanie Bucher

Program Director

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Ms Stefanie Bucher

Program Director


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