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Speech Science

Speech Science - quick facts
Taught by School of Psychology
Available as a subject for Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

Master of Science (MSc)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)*

Further information

Science Postgraduate Prospectus

Psychology Postgraduate Handbook

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*This subject is available as area of PhD study within other subjects in the Faculty of Science. Please consult our postgraduate advisers for availability.

Subject description


Speech Science is intended for graduates with an interest in speech related areas. It is relevant to practising Speech Language Therapists with a bachelors degree, and also to those with backgrounds in linguistics, psychology, audiology, engineering, education and computer science.

A Master of Speech Language Therapy (Practice) is also offered for those wishing to become Speech Language Therapists.

Find more information about the Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice.



Structure and prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Speech Science

The prerequisite is a BSc, or other qualification as approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies.



Master of Science (MSc) - Speech Science

The prerequisite is a PGDipSci in Speech Science, or equivalent as approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies.

Requirements: Research Masters


Career opportunities

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) work in a range of settings in New Zealand including hospitals, schools, special schools, early intervention teams, community clinics and private practice.

The scope of practice of SLTs includes speech, language and swallowing difficulties. Therapists who work for district health boards can work either in a hospital with inpatients or in a child development team or community-based adult rehabilitation service. Within the hospital, therapists primarily work with newborns who have swallowing and feeding difficulties or with adults who have communication or swallowing difficulties after a stroke or other brain injury. Some therapists work in specialist areas such as stuttering, voice disorders, hearing loss or traumatic brain injury.


Help and advice

Professor Suzanne Purdy, PhD
Head of Speech Science
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82073
Email: sc.purdy@auckland.ac.nz


Further information