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Postgraduate Speech Science

The PhD, Master of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Speech Science are specialised programmes on offer to postgraduate students.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Speech Science (PGDipSci in Speech Science) provides the opportunity for advanced study and research in Speech Science. It is relevant to practicing Speech Language Therapists with a Bachelor's degree, or others who wish to study the area from other disciplines. It can be made up of (non-clinical) Speech Science courses but may include courses from Psychology, Linguistics, Physiology, Audiology, Speech Science or Engineering.

There is considerable flexibility in this degree so that people completing the PGDipSci in Speech Science can have a programme of study that suits their specific interests. This degree should not be used as a part-time entry into the MSLTPrac degree.

The Master of Science (by thesis only) in Speech Science involves one year of study. Students complete a 120-point thesis on a Speech Science related topic. The MSc in Speech Science can be completed full time in one year or part-time in two years.

Students interested in thesis research should approach the Head of Speech Science (Professor Suzanne Purdy). Entry into the programme is dependent on grades and supervisor availability. Theses can be supervised in a wide range of areas related to Speech Science and Speech Language Therapy Practice.

For more details on both qualifications see Faculty of Science Speech Science.

Both qualifications are intended for graduates with bachelor degrees who are interested in speech-related areas. In addition, they would be relevant to practising Speech Language Therapists with a bachelor's degree. Relevant backgrounds are: Linguistics, Psychology, Audiology, Engineering, Education and Computer Science.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Speech Science Candidates for this degree are required to purse an approved programme of advanced study and research under supervision as an enrolled student of the University. The demand of PhD research requires a significant commitment by candidates in terms of time and resources, and candidates are normally expected to be working full-time on their doctoral research. It is expected that this programme will usually be complted within three to four years of full-time candidature. Part-time candidature is also permissted.  Students interested in thesis research should approach the Acting Director of Speech Science to discuss possible topics and suitable supervisors.

Please note: In 2020, Speech Science programme and the SPCHSCI courses will be taught at the Grafton Campus.

Qualification structure

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Speech Science

For the Postgraduate Diploma (1 year) students take a total of 120 points.

Students should select a minimum of 60 points from (non-clinical) Speech Science courses,  SPCHSCI 701, 711-713, 722, 723, 733, 736 and 743, 746, 751 (Special Topic) 753 (Special Topic), 754 (Special Topic), 752 (Research Project) and 790A/B (Dissertation).

The remaining 60 points may be taken from approved 700 level courses in Psychology, Physiology, Audiology, Linguistics, Speech Science, Computer Science or Engineering.

There is flexibility in the selection of courses for the PGDipSci in Speech Science. Students are encouraged to meet with the Head of Speech Science to develop a programme of study that is consistent with their professional development and/or research objectives.

Master of Science in Speech Science

Students complete a 120 point thesis on a Speech Science related topic.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Speech Science

Acceptance into a PhD degree programme is based on academic merit, but you must demonstrate a proven ability to carry out research independently and possess a high level of critical research skill and theoretical understanding. In general, acceptance is based on a relevant Bachelor degree with First Class or Second Class (Division 1) Honours, or a Master degree, or its equivalent at a recognised institution. Acceptance is also subject to the availability of staff for supervision and appropriate facilities, so please contact the School of Psychology in the first instance.

Students are required to enrol in courses in the Doctoral Skills programme offered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Information on the University of Auckland doctoral application process can be found here.

Speech Science PhD students
Speech Science PhD students 2016

Success in Science

3 Minute Thesis 2017

Masters Winner
Akshat Shah – Speech Science, Faculty of Science
Title: Nosey Speech- Effectiveness of a workshop to improve community speech language therapists' ability to assess and provide appropriate intervention for children with cleft palate speech disorders

For the masters section, Akshat Shah gave a confident and informative presentation about how community speech therapists can become better equipped to handle speech disorders caused by cleft palates.

Info on the winners for 3MT thesis 2017.

Watch the winning Master Thesis below. 


Dr Clare McCann talks to prospective Speech Science students

Dr Clare McCann, School of Psychology
Dr Clare McCann

For those who were unable to attend the 2018 Courses and Careers Open Day, we would like to give our prospective postgraduate students and their families an opportunity to learn about Speech Science and the available career opportunities. 

View and listen to Dr Clare McCann's presentation about our Speech Science programme by going our Master of Speech Language Therapy page.

Further information

Find more information on Speech Science research

Further details on this programme are available by contacting:

Head of Speech Science
Dr Clare McCann
Phone: +64 9 923 5221

Academic Services Coordinators
Sheryl Robertson
Phone: +64 9 923 8554

Kharmin Sukhia
Phone: +64 9 923 6887

Graduates of universities overseas and/or those without New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status should also correspond with the International Office:

International Office
Phone: +64 9 923 7556