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Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours


Make your passion for working with people a reality

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.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 480
  • Duration

  • 4 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Other

  • Selected entry programme

Note: This programme 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.

Careers and further study


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.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission


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

If you are a new-to-Massey student, applications for this programme close on 4 February 2022.

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.

Other requirements

About the selection process

  • Applications received after the final application date will be considered but may not be in time to start in 2021.
  • 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:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

480 credits

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

Courses for this programme

Part One

172133 Introduction to Language Studies 15
172234 Phonetics 15
175102 Psychology as a Natural Science 15
214101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function 15
230110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa NZ 15
254102 Introduction to Professional and Ethical Practice in Education and Health Contexts 15
271150 Holistic Approaches to Communication Disorders 15
271154 Communication Development in Children 15

Part Two

175206 Memory and Cognition 15
271253 Early Years Language and Communication Support 15
271254 Speech Sound Disorders in Children 15
271255 Assessment Frameworks and Procedures for Speech-language Therapy Practice 15
271256 Introduction to Speech-language Therapy Practice 15
271257 Language and Communication Support in Educational Contexts 15
271258 Neurogenic Communication Disorders I 15
271259 Deaf and Hard of Hearing 15

Part Three

172233 Language Learning Processes 15
271392 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 15
271393 Neurogenic Communication Disorders II 15
271394 Motor Speech Disorders 15
271395 Fluency Disorders 15
271396 Field Work and Clinical Skills II 15
271397 Adult Dysphagia 15
271398 Research Methods for Speech and Language Therapy 15

Part Four

271720 Research Report 30
271786 Advances in SLT and Diverse Clinical Populations 15
271787 Advanced Paediatric Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders 15
271788 Advances in Aural Rehabilitation 15
271789 Advanced Voice Disorders, Assessment and Treatment 15
271796 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 15
271798 Advanced Clinical Practicum II 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

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).

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 Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

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

172.133 Introduction to Language Studies

172.234 Phonetics

175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science

230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa NZ

254.102 Introduction to Professional and Ethical Practice in Education and Health Contexts

271.150 Holistic Approaches to Communication Disorders

214.101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function

271.154 Communication Development in Children

Year two

175.206 Memory and Cognition

271.253 Child Language Disorders I

271.254 Speech Sound Disorders in Children : Articulation and Phonological Disorders

271.255 Assessment Methods for Speech and Language Disorders

271.256 Field Work and Clinical Skills I

271.257 Child Language Disorders II

271.258 Neurogenic Communication Disorders I

Year three

172.233 Language Learning Processes

271.392 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

271.393 Neurogenic Communication Disorders II

271.394 Motor Speech Disorders

271.395 Fluency Disorders

271.396 Field Work and Clinical Skills II

271.397 Adult Dysphagia

271.398 Research Methods for Speech and Language Therapy

Year four

271.720 Research Report
30 credits

271.786 Advances in SLT and Diverse Clinical Populations

271.787 Advanced Paediatric Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders

271.788 Advances in Aural Rehabilitation

271.789 Advanced Voice Disorders, Assessment and Treatment

271.796 Advanced Clinical Practicum

271.798 Advanced Clinical Practicum II

Courses are each worth 15 credits, unless otherwise indicated

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

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.

A good fit if you:

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

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Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

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