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Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy

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Advance your speech and language therapy expertise

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy provides qualified speech language therapists with advanced clinical and theoretical study in speech and language therapy.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy will help you develop the skills needed to independently analyse, appraise and synthesise research.

You’ll learn to consider the relevance and application of research to the socio-cultural context of the individuals you support, reflect on your own practice and apply your new knowledge. You’ll also explore theoretical models and develop your knowledge of research methodologies and human ethics principles and procedures. This will enable you to provide quality clinical services to individuals in the community and remain competitive as future professional advances occur in the field.

Relevant to your working life

This programme will give you expertise in core areas such as evidence-based practice and research methods. You can also follow your interests in specialist areas that reflect your individual passions and/or client caseloads. Postgraduate studies at Massey will reflect your current or desired work context.

Get support every step of the way

We tailor assignments and thesis topics to your interests, and pair you with an academic mentor who has expertise in your subject area. Your mentor will support and guide you through coursework. If you’re interested in continuing on to the Master of Speech and Language Therapy and completing a thesis, your mentor will support you to prepare for this.

Get prepared for further postgraduate study

You’ll develop a research proposal which provides a strong platform for advancing to the Masters in Speech and Language Therapy degree.

Study your way

Our programme is very flexible, with options for studying full-time or part-time. You can also complete the programme through distance learning.

Our students live all over New Zealand and overseas. They tell us they find their studies interesting, inspiring and relevant.

International students

Please note that successfully completing the MSLT does not ensure employment as a speech-language therapist in New Zealand. If you completed your undergraduate qualification outside of New Zealand, then you will need to have that qualification assessed and approved by the New Zealand Speech and Language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) before you can enter the profession in New Zealand. It is your responsibility to organise this assessment if you would like to work in New Zealand.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy or Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours
  • Want to further your speech and language therapy career
  • Want to investigate a particular aspect of speech and language therapy
  • Wish to become a specialist in your area


The Postgraduate Diploma in Speech Language Therapy provides qualified speech and language therapists with the opportunity to advance their practice and develop clinical and research expertise in specialty areas.

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