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).
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.
The minimum and maximum candidature period for the Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) degree is 2 years and 4 years respectively. Extension of candidature beyond 2 years will be charged per semester. The candidate’s Cumulative Average Point (CAP) should not fall below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters. A candidate who fails to maintain a minimum CAP as stipulated will have his/her candidature terminated. For any semester in which the candidate’s CAP falls below 3.0, he/she will be issued a warning. If, in the following semester, the candidate’s CAP again falls below 3.0, but above 2.5, he/she will be placed on probation.
To graduate with the degree of Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology), a candidate must take and pass all the 18 modules, but may read more than the minimum number of modular credits. Candidates must also obtain a minimum CAP of 3.0 for the degree requirement. The grades of all 18 modules will be considered in assessing whether the student has met the degree requirement. There are no marks of distinction for the Master degree.