Programme Overview and Aims
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.
Graduates of this honours degree programme are able to practise as speech therapists in Hong Kong. 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.
- 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.