Master of Science (Speech & Language Pathology)



About the Programme


There is growing demand for Speech and Language Pathologists in Singapore. The Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) is a 2-year full-time programme offered jointly by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (SoM) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) under the administration of the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS). This programme, which started in January 2007, is designed for graduates from ANY discipline who are seeking professional practice training as a Speech and Language Pathologist. The Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) programme is an entry-level training for the profession of Speech and Language Pathology. The biennial intake typically comprises 24 candidates and includes mid-career graduates with relevant work experience, as well as some overseas candidates. Students will graduate with a Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS).


What should you study to become a Speech-Language Pathologist?


Students from a variety of backgrounds could consider becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist. The Sciences (especially Biology, Psychology and Maths) are a good platform for enhancing critical thinking and systematic problem-solving abilities, but Languages and/or Psycholinguistics would also be useful for some areas. For the NUS Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) programme, looking through the 18 compulsory modules will give prospective candidates some insights into the diverse demands of professional practice training. There are 10 main fields (referred to as range indicators):

Child: Speech, language, fluency (stuttering), voice and swallowing

Adult: Speech, language, fluency (stuttering), voice and swallowing

The Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) Programme also covers Augmentative Alternative Communication for children and adults who are unable to use speech for communicating. In the first semester, foundation skills in BioSciences (SLP5101) and Linguistics (SLP5102) are taught to bridge any gaps in the candidates' different backgrounds. In the clinics, the knowledge base and skills required also depend on the client and family, the setting, and the resources available, so personal skills are also important. For more information about the pre-requisites for our Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) programme, please visit our Admission Requirements and Candidature & Graduation Requirements pages.