Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours – BSpchLngThHons

Massey’s Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours will set you up for a rewarding career working alongside people of all ages with speech, language, communication, and swallowing difficulties.

Type of qualification

Bachelor's degree with honours

Level of study

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is usually the first one you study.

NZQF level 8

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

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Time to complete

4 year(s) full-time (480 credits)
Up to 8 years part-time
Part-time available

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand
Note: Selected entry qualification

Study a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours – BSpchLngThHons

Note: This qualification is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.

Make a difference to people’s lives

As a speech-language therapist you’ll facilitate independence in individuals. You’ll assess children, young people and adults with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders and work with them to improve their ability to participate in school, work and other daily activities. You may work with children who have speech and/or language disorders, or adults living with a traumatic brain injury or stroke.

You’ll have an impact on people’s quality of life.

Gain practical experience

Massey’s Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours combines academic coursework with supervised clinical experience. You’ll work alongside practising speech-language therapists to gain clinical hours in a wide range of settings. These could include:

  • schools
  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centres
  • child development services, and
  • community settings across New Zealand.

Be up for the challenge

The Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours at Massey requires a commitment to academic and practical excellence. That will make you the best speech-language therapist you can be when you join the workforce.

A BSpchLngThHons is a good fit if you:

  • want a rewarding professional career
  • are interested in understanding communication and its support needs
  • enjoy science and language subjects.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours Programme you will be selected into the qualification based on a selection process that will include:

  • a written application
  • criminal record check
  • interview
  • referee checks.

You will need to provide the following documents: 

  • personal supporting statement
  • CV 
  • confidential school (if still at school) or other tertiary institution report
  • verified copies of academic records for study other than at Massey.

See below for details of the selection requirements.

Application closing date

Applications close on 6 February 2023.

English language requirements

To enter the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy you will have achieved an IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 within the preceding two years if English is not your first language. You must attach a verified copy of your results to your application.

About the selection process

  • Applications received after the final application date will be considered but may have to begin study with a subsequent intake.
  • The first part of the selection process involves assessment of your written application by Massey academic staff. If the selection committee feel you potentially meet the selection criteria, you will be invited to an interview.
  • The interview is the second part of the selection process.
  • If after this interview the panel is satisfied that you are a suitable candidate you may be offered a place, depending on available places.

About the documents you need to provide

Personal supporting statement

In standard written English, explain why you chose this programme of study. List any personal characteristics you have that might strengthen your application.

Referee reports

We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.

A curriculum vitae

Please provide a full employment history, as appropriate for your life situation, please include brief details on recent formal and/or informal experiences and/or involvement in the following areas:

  • experience with children/young adults
  • community activities
  • school activities
  • other activities (such as music, drama, art)
  • exposure to or experience with children or adults with communication and/or swallowing needs.
  • exposure to or experience with individuals who have health or learning difficulties.
  • any interactions with or observations of speech-language therapists
  • other cultures
  • teaching/tutoring/coaching/mentoring
  • outdoor education.

Police consent form and report

  • a completed NZ Police Request and Consent form, along with two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic) from the list of acceptable forms of identification
  • a copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more 12 months in the last 10 years.

Once you have accepted the offer of a place in the selected entry programme, you will be enrolled for the first year of study as outlined in the Letter of Offer. Once you have been granted entrance and admission to the University your enrolment will be confirmed.

Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions

  • All applicants are required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit the University to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this programme within the stated time limit, you will normally be able to graduate with a class of Honours.

Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this programme.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Structure of the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours

The Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second etc.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

For progression to Part 4 of Bachelor of Speech Language Therapy with Honours, you must have maintained at least a B+ grade average in the Part 3 courses.

If you do not meet the progression criteria, or do not wish to study the Part 4 Honours courses, you will be able to enrol in an alternative Part 4. Upon completion, you will graduate with the Bachelor of Speech Language Therapy – without Honours.

A part-time option is available for this programme with the requirement of completion in a maximum of 8 years. Consult with the programme team to ensure your part-time plan meets the programme progression needs.

Distance study

A distance option for completing the BSLT Hons is available. If you are taking the Part 1 Distance option you will need to attend one contact day on the Auckland campus at the beginning of Semester 2 (Date: 20 July 2022).

You will note that there are differences in course offerings for distance and internal students for Part 1. You will be advised of your courses by the programme team when you are sent your offer of place.

Clinical placements

You must show a satisfactory level of performance in clinical practica and achieve the level of competency required for practicing as a speech-language therapist in New Zealand. You will be required to complete work integrated learning experiences within the community. You are responsible for all of the costs associated with being on clinical placements (e.g. travel, accommodation, required health screening).

Typical pattern for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours

Core courses These courses are a compulsory part of your qualification.

Part one
172133 Introduction to Language Studies
172234 Phonetics
175102 Psychology as a Natural Science
230110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa NZ
254102 Introduction to Professional and Ethical Practice in Education and Health Contexts
271150 Holistic Approaches to Communication Disorders
214101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function
271154 Communication Development in Children
Year two
175206 Memory and Cognition
271253 Early Years Language and Communication Support
271254 Speech Sound Disorders in Children
271255 Assessment Frameworks and Procedures for Speech and Language Therapy Practice
271256 Introduction to Speech-Language Therapy Practice
271257 Language and Communication Support in Educational Contexts
271258 Neurogenic Communication Disorders I
271259 Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Year three
172233 Language Learning Processes
271392 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
271393 Neurogenic Communication Disorders II
271394 Motor Speech Disorders
271395 Fluency Disorders
271396 Field Work and Clinical Skills II
271397 Adult Dysphagia
271398 Research Methods for Speech and Language Therapy
Year four

271720 Research Report
30 credits

271786 Advances in SLT and Diverse Clinical Populations
271787 Advanced Paediatric Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders
271788 Advances in Aural Rehabilitation
271789 Advanced Voice Disorders, Assessment and Treatment
271796 Advanced Clinical Practicum
271798 Advanced Clinical Practicum II

Courses are each worth 15 credits, unless otherwise indicated

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Courses
Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Credits
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Specialisations
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

480 credits

  • Part One courses – 120 credits
  • Part Two courses – 120 credits
  • Part Three courses – 120 credits
  • Part Four courses – 120 credits

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Part One

Course code: 172133 Introduction to Language Studies 15 credits

Introductory skills of analysing language, at the level of discourse, morphology, syntax, semantics and phonology.

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Course code: 172234 Phonetics 15 credits

A study of the sounds of language and an introduction to the acoustic analysis of speech.

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Course code: 175102 Psychology as a Natural Science 15 credits

An introduction to methods and findings from the scientific study of psychology and its application to everyday human behaviour. Examination of basic behavioural, perceptual and cognitive processes and how these are influenced by biological mechanisms and cultural context.

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Course code: 214101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function 15 credits

Human body structure and function (anatomy and physiology), including relevant concepts of homeostasis and metabolism and development throughout the lifespan.

Restrictions: 194101, 117155

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Course code: 230110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa NZ 15 credits

This course examines formations of identity and belonging in relation to concepts of place and turangawaewae (‘standing place’). The multiple factors shaping identity formation, citizenship and public engagement will be explored, and students will develop awareness of and reflect on diverse perspectives regarding identity and citizenship, and apply this understanding to analyse issues in contemporary New Zealand society.

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Course code: 254102 Introduction to Professional and Ethical Practice in Education and Health Contexts 15 credits

An introduction to the practice of professionals working with individuals and families who have multicultural backgrounds and diverse needs within education and health settings.

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Course code: 271150 Holistic Approaches to Communication Disorders 15 credits

This course uses holistic and biopsychosocial frameworks to describe and understand the nature and impact of communication disorders across the lifespan. Environmental and conversational partner strategies are highlighted to promote communication access for children and adults with speech, language and communication support needs.

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Course code: 271154 Communication Development in Children 15 credits

Explores communication development in children including communication milestones and the influence of sociocultural factors related to cultural and linguistic diversity and conversational partners' support.

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Part Two

Course code: 175206 Memory and Cognition 15 credits

The central goal of the course is to consider how knowledge is represented and processed in the brain. Students will be introduced to the mental processes involved in thinking and knowing, studied within a converging methods framework that includes evidence from experimental psychology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, and cognitive science.

Prerequisites: 175102

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Course code: 271253 Early Years Language and Communication Support 15 credits

An exploration of language and communication support needs in infants and young children and the application of evidenced-based early intervention that considers neurodevelopmental, ecological, and sociocultural factors.

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Course code: 271254 Speech Sound Disorders in Children 15 credits

An examination of speech sound acquisition and the impact of speech sound disorders in children. Assessment and intervention approaches will be evaluated and applied to partnership-oriented and culturally safe practice with children and their families/whānau.

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Course code: 271255 Assessment Frameworks and Procedures for Speech-language Therapy Practice 15 credits

This course introduces students to frameworks for planning and analysing assessments and provides supported opportunities to practice assessment procedures.

Corequisites: 271253 and 271254

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Course code: 271256 Introduction to Speech-language Therapy Practice 15 credits

This course supports students to begin to apply their speech-language therapy knowledge and skills to practice in well-supported contexts. The workplace learning is primarily with adults and/or children and their families|whānau.

Prerequisites: 271255

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Course code: 271257 Language and Communication Support in Educational Contexts 15 credits

An exploration of language and communication support needs experienced by school-aged children and young people in educational and community contexts. Support for their participation and learning in these contexts is based on evidence, neurodevelopmental, ecological, and sociocultural factors.

Prerequisites: 271253

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Course code: 271258 Neurogenic Communication Disorders I 15 credits

A theoretical and applied overview of neurological communication disorders, including acquired aphasia and related disorders.

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Course code: 271259 Deaf and Hard of Hearing 15 credits

An exploration of the auditory system and functions, how these may be disrupted, and the lived experience of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The course has a focus on assessment and support services, and strategies for facilitating communication across the lifespan.

Prerequisites: Completion of BSLT Hons Part 1

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Part Three

Course code: 172233 Language Learning Processes 15 credits

An introduction to approaches and theories in applied linguistics with particular focus on language learning processes.

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Course code: 271392 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 15 credits

A study of augmentative and alternative communication for individuals with complex communication needs.

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Course code: 271393 Neurogenic Communication Disorders II 15 credits

An examination of neurological cognitive communication disorders as a result of acquired brain injury including right hemisphere disorders (RHD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and dementia.

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Course code: 271394 Motor Speech Disorders 15 credits

An examination of motor speech disorders, such as dysarthria and apraxia that result from cortical injury, and the principles and practices of the assessment and management of motor speech disorders will be addressed.

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Course code: 271395 Fluency Disorders 15 credits

This course examines fluency disorders that occur during childhood and into adulthood. Characteristics of fluency disorders, including related developmental and etiological factors, assessment and treatment methodologies, and relevant research, will be addressed.

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Course code: 271396 Field Work and Clinical Skills II 15 credits

An extension of Fieldwork and Clinical Skills I focusing on more advanced issues related to fieldwork or clinical practice, including data collection for workplace and clinical/fieldwork with particular attention to developing and consolidating speech and language therapy clinical competencies, and tangata whenua case management.

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Course code: 271397 Adult Dysphagia 15 credits

An examination of the assessment, analysis and interpretation, planning and management of swallowing disorders (dysphagia) in adults.

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Course code: 271398 Research Methods for Speech and Language Therapy 15 credits

The study and application of research designs, relevant to current theory, research and practice, in speech and language therapy.

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Part Four

Course code: 271720 Research Report 30 credits

A research project based on systematic and analytical consideration of theory, research methods, practice and culture in speech therapy.

Prerequisites: 271398

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Course code: 271786 Advances in SLT and Diverse Clinical Populations 15 credits

An advanced analysis and evaluation of communication disorders associated with diverse clinical populations, for example, cleft palate, down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders. Approaches to practice for complex cases is considered with a focus on interdisciplinary practice, embedded interventions, and communication partner engagement.

Restrictions: 271486

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Course code: 271787 Advanced Paediatric Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders 15 credits

The advanced study of neuro-anatomical and physiological principles of feeding and swallowing skills from a developmental perspective. Investigate specific developmental disorders and conditions that contribute or cause paediatric dysphagia and/or feeding disorders.

Restrictions: 271487

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Course code: 271788 Advances in Aural Rehabilitation 15 credits

This course examines aural rehabilitation for children and adults with hearing disorders. Emphasis is given to advances in evidence-based practice relating to assessment and intervention associated with hearing disorders.

Restrictions: 271488

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Course code: 271789 Advanced Voice Disorders, Assessment and Treatment 15 credits

The advanced study of the assessment, analysis and interpretation, planning and implementation of evidence-based interventions for voice disorders in adults and children.

Restrictions: 271489

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Course code: 271796 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 15 credits

Develop Entry-level competency in clinical skills related to current evidence-based practice across a range of complex communication and swallowing disorders in children or adults.

Restrictions: 271496

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Course code: 271798 Advanced Clinical Practicum II 15 credits

This course addresses advanced aspects of speech and language therapy Entry-level clinical practice and the theoretical frameworks that underpin assessment and intervention.

Restrictions: 271498

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Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Scholarship

BSLT(Hons) students are eligible to apply for a Ministry of Education speech and language therapy scholarship.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

With your Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours, you’ll be able to work as a speech-language therapist. You’ll work with people of all ages who have speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders. Graduates typically find work in areas such as:

  • education
  • health
  • rehabilitation
  • private practice.

What our students say

“I ended up with my dream job working with adults who have speech, language or swallowing difficulties mainly as a result of brain injury.”
Karen Sturge

Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy

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