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What will I learn?

Gain the comprehensive education needed to work successfully as a speech pathologist. Speech pathologists provide services across the lifespan to people whose educational, vocational, personal and social functioning is affected by communication or swallowing impairment resulting from developmental difficulties, social disadvantage, illness or accident.

What you will study

First year

A typical first year may include:

  • core topics in introductory anatomy and physiology, anatomy and physiology of speech, child development and learning, psychosocial aspects of speech pathology, research methods in speech pathology, linguistics and phonetics, and an introduction to clinical skills and practice.

Second year

A typical second year may include:

  • core topics in communication development and disorders from birth to pre-school and school age to adolescence
  • study of motor speech disorders, and voice and swallowing disorders
  • practice experience in a range of settings.

Third year

A typical third year may include:

  • core topics in acquired language disorders and complex disorders involving child and adult populations
  • a number of speech pathology practicums.

Fourth year

A typical fourth year may include:

  • a core topic in research methods in speech pathology
  • study of clinical skills and practice covering transition to practice
  • a number of extended speech pathology practicums.

Your career

Speech pathology graduates are employed in a wide range of settings around the world and work with people of all ages, their careers/families, services, communities and other professionals across a wide variety of agencies. Employment prospects are good, although opportunities in the public sector are naturally influenced by government policy.

Potential occupations include:

  • graduate speech pathologist
  • early childhood intervention worker
  • project officer
  • job capacity assessor
  • rehabilitation consultant.

Potential employers include:

  • healthcare sector (including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health services, mental health services)
  • aged care sector
  • disability services sector
  • education sector (including mainstream, special schools and special education units)
  • early childhood education sector
  • private practice

Which department am I in?

College of Nursing and Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,500.00 (20,94,668) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of the High School Diploma with SAT minimum score of 1500 with a minimum of 500 in each band, ACT minimum composite score of 21. Flinders University recognizes international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE) - Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking.

For international students

Flinders University recognises international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 7.0 Overall with 6.5 Speaking, 6.5 Writing, 6.5 Reading, 6.5 Listening; TOEFL (Internet): 94 Overall with 22 Speaking, 22 Writing, 22 Reading, 22 Listening; Pearson PTE Academic: 65 Overall with 58 Speaking, 58 Writing, 58 Reading, 58 Listening; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): C

There are two admissions cycles for undergraduate degrees: February intake (semester 1): applications open in August for commencement the following year. All courses are open for applications. Midyear intake (semester 2): applications open in August for commencement in July the following year. Not all courses are offered.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Flinders University

Flinders University ranked 1st in South Australia for teaching quality, learning engagement and student support.

  • Among top 300 - THE World University Rankings 2020
  • Home to over 5000 international students
  • Based in Adelaide one of the most liveable cities in the world
  • Over 300 study options to choose from