Masters degrees in Language Pathology equip postgraduates with the skills to diagnose, treat and help patients with physical and behavioural disorders that affect their speech.
Related subjects include Speech-Language Pathology and Speech & Language Sciences. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Speech & Language Therapy or Psychology.
Speech-Language Pathology investigates a range of speech and swallowing disorders related to cognition and communication. You will be trained to understand the causes of these disorders, how to diagnose them, and learn to treat their symptoms through therapeutic techniques.
You could study condition ranging from physical issues such as cleft lip and palate, to cognition disorders like dementia or dyslexia. Many Speech-Language Pathologists opt to focus on a particular physical or cognitive disorder.
For example, you might specialise in treating speech issues caused by social anxiety, such as stammers. Alternatively, you may branch into designing and developing assistive technology which helps communication, such as hearing aids.
Careers as a Language Pathologist may include roles in private and public healthcare centres, education institutions, prisons and charities.