Master of Speech and Language Therapy – MSpchLangTher

Develop your research and clinical expertise and become a specialist in your field of speech and language therapy.

Type of qualification

Master's degree

Level of study

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.

NZQF level 9

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

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Time to complete

2 year(s) full-time (180 credits)
Up to 5 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: Available for International students studying online from overseas

Study a Master of Speech and Language Therapy – MSpchLangTher

Massey’s Master of Speech and Language Therapy provides qualified speech language therapists with opportunities for advanced clinical and theoretical study. You’ll develop research skills that will prepare you to use and add to the knowledge base in speech and language therapy.

Relevant to your working life

This programme will give you expertise in core areas such as evidence-based practise and research methods. You can also follow your interests in specialist areas that reflect your individual passions and/or client caseloads.

Get support every step of the way

We tailor assignments and thesis topics to your interests. We also pair you with an academic mentor who has expertise in your subject area.

Study your way

Our programme is very flexible. There are two pathways to completion: a professional pathway and a research pathway. There are options for studying full-time or part-time. You can also complete the programme through distance learning.

Academic progression

If you have a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (Honours) degree or equivalent, with at least a B grade average, you are eligible to reduce the amount of coursework required by 60-credits. For students in the research pathway, this means that you can advance directly into the thesis component of the degree.

Further study

This programme provides a strong foundation for entry into a PhD.

A MSpchLangTher is a good fit if you:

  • want to further your speech and language therapy career
  • wish to become a specialist in your area
  • have a research project or inquiry you want to pursue.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of Speech and Language Therapy you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent having achieved at least a B grade average, or
  • have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (Honours) or equivalent having achieved at least a B grade average.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

International students

Please note that successfully completing the Master of Speech and Language Therapy does not ensure employment as a speech-language therapist in New Zealand. If you completed your undergraduate qualification outside of New Zealand, then you will need to have that qualification assessed and approved by the New Zealand Speech and Language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) before you can enter the profession in New Zealand.

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 postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

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 Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate 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 be 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 Master of Speech and Language Therapy

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

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

Master of Speech and Language Therapy 180-credit programme

You must achieve a B grade average in the Part One courses in order to progress to Part Two.

Master of Speech and Language Therapy 120-credit programme

If you have a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (Honours) degree or equivalent, with at least a B grade average, you’ll be eligible to reduce the amount of coursework required by 60-credits. If you are in the professional pathway, you’ll take 60 credits of coursework plus a 60-credit professional inquiry. If you are in the research pathway, you’ll complete a 120-credit thesis.

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

180 credits

Professional pathway

  • Part One courses from the Schedule – 120 credits
  • Part Two professional project – 60 credits

Research pathway

  • Part One courses from the Schedule – 60 credits
  • Part Two thesis – 120 credits

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

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

Professional Pathway

Compulsory courses (Choose 90 credits from)
Choose 90 credits from
Course code: 271710 Evidenced-Based Practice in Speech and Language Therapy 30 credits

Advanced study of contemporary evidence-based practice in speech and language therapy. The implications of evidence-based practice in speech language therapy clinical settings are explored.

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Course code: 271711 Critical and Current Issues in Speech and Language Therapy 30 credits

An in-depth evaluation and analysis of critical and current trends arising in, and impacting on the work of speech language therapy clinicians and researchers.

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Course code: 271712 Theoretical Issues in Speech and Language Therapy 30 credits

Critical examination of theories and models and their impact on research and clinical practice in speech and language therapy.

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Elective courses (Choose 30 credits from)
Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 168711 Health Research Design and Method 30 credits

Philosophical, ethical and methodological issues in relation to health research are examined. Selected quantitative and qualitative methods are explored in depth, in preparation for developing a research proposal for a thesis, or research project.

Restrictions: 168810, 168710

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Course code: 267740 Mixed Methods Research in Education 15 credits

A study of mixed methods research design in education. Theoretical and practical issues of mixed methods research are studied under three course themes: context for research, mixed methods research designs, analysis and communication of mixed methods research.

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Course code: 267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies 15 credits

A study of Māori research frameworks, philosophies and processes and an examination of their contribution to the growing body of indigenous scholarship as relevant to educational settings.

Restrictions: 267790

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Course code: 267782 Quantitative Research in Education 15 credits

A study of quantitative research methods in education focusing on basic group designs for research and evaluation, analytic methods for exploring relationships with both categorical and continuous measures, and statistical analysis procedures for group design data.

Restrictions: 267720; 267788; 267723; 267780

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Course code: 267783 Qualitative Research in Education 15 credits

A study of qualitative research methods in education. Theoretical and practical issues of research are studied under three course themes: context for research, qualitative research designs, analysis and communication of qualitative research.

Restrictions: 267720; 267723; 267780; 267788

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Research Pathway

Compulsory course (Choose 30 credits from)
Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 271711 Critical and Current Issues in Speech and Language Therapy 30 credits

An in-depth evaluation and analysis of critical and current trends arising in, and impacting on the work of speech language therapy clinicians and researchers.

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Elective courses (Choose 30 credits from)
Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 168711 Health Research Design and Method 30 credits

Philosophical, ethical and methodological issues in relation to health research are examined. Selected quantitative and qualitative methods are explored in depth, in preparation for developing a research proposal for a thesis, or research project.

Restrictions: 168810, 168710

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Course code: 267740 Mixed Methods Research in Education 15 credits

A study of mixed methods research design in education. Theoretical and practical issues of mixed methods research are studied under three course themes: context for research, mixed methods research designs, analysis and communication of mixed methods research.

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Course code: 267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies 15 credits

A study of Māori research frameworks, philosophies and processes and an examination of their contribution to the growing body of indigenous scholarship as relevant to educational settings.

Restrictions: 267790

View full course details
Course code: 267782 Quantitative Research in Education 15 credits

A study of quantitative research methods in education focusing on basic group designs for research and evaluation, analytic methods for exploring relationships with both categorical and continuous measures, and statistical analysis procedures for group design data.

Restrictions: 267720; 267788; 267723; 267780

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Course code: 267783 Qualitative Research in Education 15 credits

A study of qualitative research methods in education. Theoretical and practical issues of research are studied under three course themes: context for research, qualitative research designs, analysis and communication of qualitative research.

Restrictions: 267720; 267723; 267780; 267788

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Part Two

Professional Pathway (Choose 60 credits from)

Choose 60 credits from
Course code: 267860 Professional Inquiry 60 credits

An advanced analysis of a significant professional situation to which a proposed solution is applied and evaluated, based on a critique of educational theory and literature.

Prerequisites: One of 267740, 267741, 267782, 267783 Restrictions: 267871

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Research Pathway (Choose 120 credits from)

Choose 120 credits from
Course code: 271808 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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Course code: 271809 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

Corequisites: 271808

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Course code: 271810 Thesis 120 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

Restrictions: 186810

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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.

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What our students say

“Master's study has enabled me to explore new ways of working as a speech-language therapist and delve into an area that I'm really passionate about.”
Laura Makker

Ministry of Education

Master of Speech and Language Therapy

“Doing my master’s was a great opportunity for me to go back to the research and literature and really reflect on my practice.”
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