Become a SLT

National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a Master of Science Program in Speech and Language Pathology. Information on the program can be found on their website.

Alternatively, you can also study abroad, where courses range from 4-year undergraduate degrees to 2-year master degrees. In line with the Allied Health Professions Act, the Allied Health Professions Council has released a list of recognised qualifications. Please check their website for more information.

The academic requirements vary according to each university. In general, it is preferred that applicants have either a science or linguistics background.

If you are interested in becoming an SLT, it is a good idea to speak with practising clinicians to find out more about the job and observe clinical sessions. You may also refer to Speech Pathology Australia and American Speech and Language Hearing Association websites for more information on SLTs and how to become one.

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Minimum qualifications to be an SLT in Singapore is a Bachelor in Speech Language Pathology from accredited foreign universities. Entry requirements include:

  • A Level: A good pass in any two of the following H2 subjects: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics
  • IB: A good pass in two of the following: HL Biology, HL Physics, HL Chemistry, and HL Mathematics
  • Full time Polytechnic Diploma

Recognised local qualifications include a Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) from National University of Singapore. Entry requirements include:

  • A good Bachelors degree (average grade B or equivalent) from a recognised university
  • Pass a placement test (interview and/or written test) set by the core programme staff
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an honours degree, appropriate work experience and a relevant background in Anatomy, Linguistics, Physiology, or Psychology

*Information obtained from NCSS/SSI. Information is accurate as of August 2016

Some SLTs specialise in a particular field that interests them – examples include swallowing disorders, voice disorders, child language, research, and management skills such as setting up services, and running services, etc. Therapists who have had at least three years of relevant work experience may also supervise new therapists.

Chances for promotion from entry level therapist to senior therapist, lead therapist, principal therapist and beyond are dependent on each organisation’s career path and each individual’s performance, etc. Some therapists may also grow into management tracks which may see them developing and managing programmes.

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*Information obtained from NCSS/SSI. Information is accurate as of August 2016

It depends on many factors. It may be big caseloads, which create waiting lists; the promotion of communication skills; and our role in the wider community. The Student FAQ at Caroline Bowen’s site provides more information on this subject.

A large number come into this field as mature students with work experience from different industries. The added experience will provide a different perspective when it comes to discussions in class.

Age is never a factor as passion for the work will get you anywhere.

There are several sources of scholarships for Singaporean students to study Speech and Language Therapy locally and abroad. Most scholarships come with service bonds. Advertisements generally appear in the Straits Times around September to November each year. You can find out more by approaching the providers below:

National Council of Social Services

NCSS offers scholarships for pursuit of Speech and Language Therapy study for those who have a keen interest to work in the community settings such as voluntary welfare organisations and special schools.

Ministry of Health Holdings 

MOH offers scholarship schemes for allied health professions, including SLTs.  

Other organisations may also provide scholarships. Here is a list of providers that you may contact directly: