Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy – PGDipSpchLngTher

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy provides qualified speech language therapists with advanced clinical and theoretical study in speech and language therapy.

Type of qualification

Postgraduate diploma

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 8

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

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Time to complete

1 year(s) full-time (120 credits)
Up to 4 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 studying online from outside New Zealand

Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy – PGDipSpchLngTher

Note: This qualification may have an on-campus or in-person requirement and therefore requires that students submit a current My Vaccine Pass on enrolment.

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy will help you develop the skills needed to independently analyse, appraise and synthesise research.

You’ll learn to consider the relevance and application of research to the socio-cultural context of the individuals you support. You’ll reflect on your own practice and apply your new knowledge. You’ll also explore theoretical models and develop your knowledge of research methodologies, as well as human ethics principles and procedures. This will enable you to provide quality clinical services to individuals in the community. You’ll remain competitive as future professional advances occur in the field.

Relevant to your working life

This qualification will give you expertise in core areas such as evidence-based practice and research methods. You can also follow your interests in specialist areas that reflect your individual passions and/or client caseloads. Postgraduate studies at Massey will reflect your current or desired work context.

Get support every step of the way

We tailor assignments and thesis topics to your interests, and pair you with an academic mentor who has expertise in your subject area. Your mentor will support and guide you through coursework.

If you’re interested in continuing on to the Master of Speech and Language Therapy and completing a thesis, your mentor will support you to prepare for this.

Further study

If you’re interested in continuing on to a master’s qualification and completing a thesis, your mentor will support you to prepare for this. You’ll develop a research proposal which provides a strong platform for advancing to the Master in Speech and Language Therapy degree.

A PGDipSpchLngTher is a good fit if you:

  • want to further your speech and language therapy career
  • want to investigate a particular aspect of speech and language therapy
  • wish to become a specialist in your area.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy you will have completed a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy or the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours, having achieved a grade average of at least a B.

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.

Massey University English language requirements

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 Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy

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

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

120 credits

  • Compulsory courses – 90 credits
  • Electives from the Schedule – 30 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.

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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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.

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

The Postgraduate Diploma in Speech Language Therapy provides qualified speech and language therapists with the opportunity to advance their practice and develop clinical and research expertise in specialty areas.

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