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Programme Aims and Features
The Faculty of Education offers a five-year full-time Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences (Honours) programme that prepares students to become professionally competent speech therapists.
This intensive programme provides students with the knowledge, skills and practical experience necessary to become a scientific, effective and adaptive speech therapist. Courses cover subject knowledge in acquisition, development and disorders in human communication, speech and language, and swallowing, as well as knowledge in other related disciplines, such as medical science, psychology, English and Cantonese linguistics and hearing sciences. The curriculum employs a student-centred translational learning approach. Students will be engaged in lectures, self-directed learning, case-based learning, small group learning, and clinical practice. Students will complete a final-year research project in the fifth year.
The programme emphasises integration and application of knowledge and scientific evidence in clinical practice. Clinical teaching is provided by both University staff and practicing clinicians from the community. Students receive over 300 hours of supervised clinical practicum, conducted predominately in Cantonese. Students may have opportunities to receive interdisciplinary and international service training.
This programme has obtained the full endorsement status by the Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists. Graduates from the programme will be eligible to apply to be Member of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by the Department of Health. They are able to practice as speech therapists in Hong Kong, and are eligible for membership of the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists. The degree is equivalent in content to similar courses in Australia and North America. Graduates are also well qualified for post-graduate studies in speech, language and communication sciences and pathology or allied disciplines.
Speech therapists assess and treat individuals with a wide range of speech and language disorders, swallowing disorders and other communication difficulties. Speech therapists work with individuals of all ages in various settings such as hospitals, schools, pre-school centres and private clinics. Speech therapists in Hong Kong are employed by the Government, Hospital Authority, schools and non-governmental organisations, as well as working in private practice. There is high demand for speech therapists to meet the needs of Hong Kong's population. Graduates have also been offered jobs as speech therapists in Macau, Singapore and elsewhere.
Contacts for Further Information
Faculty of Education