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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD37,970 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 12318
CRICOS code: 029748F

Study speech pathology

Secure your future with highly specialised training, exciting placements and flexible outcomes.

Speech pathologists are allied health professionals responsible for the assessment and treatment of children and adults with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan, such as developmental and acquired speech and language disorders, cleft lip and palate, voice disorders and stuttering.

When you study a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of Newcastle, you are accessing the most comprehensive degree of its kind in Australia, opening up experiences and job opportunities like no other.

Why study with us?

  • Our speech pathology graduates get jobs with 87% securing employment within four months of completing their degree (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019).
  • Hands on learning with 20+ weeks of clinical placements throughout your studies ensure you gain comprehensive professional experience.
  • Exciting international placements such as our International stream enrich your learning and skills development.
  • On-campus speech pathology clinics provide easy access to industry experience via our Stuttering, Voice, Speech Intelligibility and Speech Pathology in Schools (SPinS) Clinics.
  • Globally recognised qualifications and Australian accreditation opens up multiple opportunities and career options.
87% Employed ? within four months of graduation
20+ Weeks ? of clinical experience
Over 90% ? satisfaction with speech pathology learning resources
#1 in Australia ? for skills satisfaction
FREE WEBINAR Learn more about studying this degree

What you will study

You will develop competencies and learn the necessary skills to confidently take on the full range of conditions that speech pathologists assess and treat, including:

  • All acquired and developmental human communication disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Fluency disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Communication disorders of neurological origin

Students will study a variety of foundation courses including:

  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Bioscience
  • Anatomy

As part of the honours component in this degree you can choose from the study pathways outlined in the Speech Pathology handbook .

Advanced study options

Fluency in other languages enriches the skills and services provided by professional speech pathologists. Concurrent enrolment in the Diploma in Languages unlocks unique opportunities and career pathways in Australia and around the world.

Diploma in Languages

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Gain professionally accredited expertise in all areas of speech pathology. The strong experience-based nature of this degree, along with an internationally recognised professional accreditation, prepares University of Newcastle graduates for immediate professional employment. In fact, 83% of our 2019 graduates were employed within four months of completion (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019).

Opportunities exist in:

  • hospitals
  • community health centres
  • schools
  • rehabilitation units
  • nursing homes
  • specialist disability services
  • academic research
  • management positions
  • private practice

Bachelor of Speech Pathology graduates can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Research Scientist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Audiologist
  • Disability Services Manager
  • English As A Second Language Teacher (ESL Teacher)
  • Exercise Rehabilitation/Injury Management Advisor
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Music Therapist
  • Voice or Vocal Coach

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Speech Pathology Association of Australia

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree is accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia, the national peak body for speech pathology in the country.

The Association offers a Continuing Professional Development program, as well as many other benefits and resources for students and practising professionals. Accreditation is recognised in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States of America.

Societies and associations

Student societies and associations enable you to enrich your learning and grow your networks. Below are some of the groups University of Newcastle speech pathology students can access:

Practical experience

Practical experience

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW services or facilities, including NSW Health facilities. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Speech Pathology Placement Requirements including a National Criminal Record Check, NSW Working with Children clearance and meet all the NSW Health Verification requirements. For more information visit the University of Newcastle website.

Develop impressive real-world skills with more than 20 weeks of clinical placements and a comprehensive range of practical experiences throughout your studies. The program will provide you with clinical education and experience that is sufficient in both quality and quantity so that you gain confidence and meet professional accreditation requirements.

At the University of Newcastle, our dedicated professional experience unit will ensure that you gain the best placements preparing you for successful careers.

Clinical placements


  • Local, metropolitan, regional and rural clinics in Australia
  • International placements in Southeast Asia
  • On-campus speech pathology clinics
  • Intensity

    20+ weeks clinical experience throughout your studies.


    Placements range from one-day observation visits to five-week intensive block placements.


    Placement occurs throughout the whole year including during University breaks.

    International Stream

    You may also develop clinical skills and experience through various international placement opportunities. The program also offers students exciting opportunities through its well-regarded International stream.

    International Stream

    The University of Newcastle has strong regional and international links with specific emphasis on the Asia Pacific Region. Apart from diverse placements in Australia, you can enrich your practical experience further through our exciting International stream.

    Why choose the International Stream

    • Gain distinctive graduate skills, knowledge and practical experience
    • Enjoy flexible study options
    • Work in a variety of settings with diverse populations and cultures
    • Gain wider and better understanding of broader health issues locally, regionally and internationally
    • Experience other cultures and languages - network, gain friends and enhance work skills with cultural and linguistic advantages
    • Contribute to the development of speech therapy internationally with an emphasis in the Asia Pacific region.

    For more information, you may download and print our Speech Pathology - International stream flyer (PDF, 1.3MB).

    On-campus speech pathology clinics

    Additionally, some clinical placements will be based within the University's Speech Pathology Clinic centre. Specialised clinics treat members of the public and include: