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Programme Aims and Features
The Faculty of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences five-year honours degree course. This course prepares students for professional practice in speech therapy.
This intensive full-time programme offers students a solid theoretical background in normal human communication and swallowing, and their disorders. Courses cover subject knowledge in related disciplines of medicine, 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. In the final year, students will be required to complete a research dissertation. The curriculum will provide many opportunities for students to apply theory to practice and become a competent and adaptive speech therapist upon completion of their five-year courses.
Practical experience constitutes a large part of the curriculum. During the course, students are required to complete over 400 hours of supervised clinical practicum. The clinical programme is conducted predominately in Cantonese. This programme therefore offers students a unique bilingual education and training. Clinical teaching is provided by both University staff and practicing clinicians from the community. Students may have opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary and international service learning abroad.
This programme has obtained the full endorsement status by the Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists. Graduates from the programme will be accepted as eligible to apply to be Member of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by Department of Health. They are able to practice as speech therapists in Hong Kong, and they 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 this 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 the services of graduate 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