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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.
The BSc(SPEECH) curriculum takes five academic years. It includes study in medical science, behavioural science, language sciences, audiology and communication disorders. Adopting a problem-based learning (PBL) approach, it includes tutorials and skills labs focusing on an extensive range of hypothetical cases.
Practical experience forms a large part of the curriculum. Clinical teaching is provided by both University staff and practicing clinicians in clinical teaching facilities, hospitals, speech-therapy clinics and pre-school and school settings. The practical component provides experience in the assessment and treatment of a range of communication and swallowing disorders found in children and adults.
In the first year, students take general courses required by the University as well as foundation courses for speech and hearing sciences. PBL tutorials start in the second year, with students further strengthening their grounding in communication disorders. Clinical practicum starts in the third year, and along with the rest of the third year of the PBL curriculum focuses on the pediatric population; the fourth year focuses on the adult population. The final year of study involves two capstone experiences: an independent dissertation and supervised clinical practice in a range of local settings.
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.
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