Abbreviation to be used in the application form Code Number of first-year places
BSC(SPEECH) 6157 48
Programme Aims and Features

The Faculty of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences five-year honours degree.

This intensive full-time programme offers students a solid theoretical background in normal human communication and its disorders as well as in related disciplines of medicine, psychology, English and Cantonese linguistics and hearing sciences.

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 centers and private clinics.

  • The curriculum employs a student-centered, "Translational Learning" approach.
  • The medium of classwork is English with a strong emphasis on active participation, problem-solving and presentations in small discussion groups.
  • Special skills laboratories are conducted to enhance students' specific skills in assessment and intervention.
  • In the final year, students are required to complete a research dissertation and follow optional studies of specific interest.
  • During the course, students are required to complete over 400 hours of supervised clinical practicum. The clinical programme is conducted predominantly in Cantonese. This programme therefore offers students a unique bilingual education and training.
  • A strong emphasis is placed on students' ability to integrate theory and clinical practice, and on their development of the necessary interpersonal and basic research skills.
Professional Recognition

Graduates are able to practise as speech therapists in Hong Kong, and are eligible for membership of the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists. The degree is similar in content to equivalent courses in Australia and North America. Graduates are also well qualified for postgraduate studies in this or related disciplines.

Career Prospects

Speech therapists in Hong Kong are employed by the government, in the Department of Health and the Education Bureau, the 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
Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences Programme
Programme Admissions Advisor Dr Karen Chan
Tel 3917 2357
Email bscshs@hku.hk
Website http://web.edu.hku.hk/programme/bsshs_6157

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