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Master of Speech Therapy The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

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Summary

Programme Aims

The Master of Speech Therapy (MST) programme is the first in Hong Kong offered by a recognised University to enable Bachelor's degree holders to become professionally qualified speech therapists, by successfully completing a Master's degree entry-level programme in Speech Therapy. The MST programme aims to produce graduates who are able to practice as Speech Therapists in Hong Kong and mainland China, and whose professional qualification is recognised locally and internationally. The MST curriculum is therefore necessarily designed to meet the local and international standards required for professional recognition beyond Hong Kong.

Characteristics

Hybrid teaching and learning approach: traditional lectures for foundational courses in the first year are combined with a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach in small-group tutorials from the second year, to ensure the integration of effective learning across years by emphasising the articulation between theories and practice.

A major part of the training for Speech Therapists is supervised clinical practice. With its home base set up on the PolyU campus, the Speech Therapy Unit (STU) creates a platform whereby in-house teaching and research are mutually reinforced. Teaching and research, in turn, are both supported and empirically informed by a service interface, namely our in-house speech therapy clinic.

In addition to the in-house placement at the Speech Therapy Unit, students will undertake external placements supervised by qualified and experienced speech therapists in a variety of settings in Hong Kong and mainland China where speech therapists practice, and where students will find work upon graduation. Students will obtain supervised clinical experience (hours) across a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders involving pediatric, adult and geriatric clients.

The clinical curriculum meets international requirements in terms of supervised contact clinical hours, coverage of contents, and requirements on competencies for an entry-level degree programme in Speech Therapy.

Recognition & Prospects

Our MST programme completed a two-day Institutional-based Assessment Visit by the Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists (HKIST) in April 2018. Our programme received very positive comments from our panel, and we have been informed that the programme met all the standards required in this assessment. On 3 September 2018, the programme received the formal full endorsement by HKIST. Being granted “full endorsement” means there is sufficient evidence that the programme scope, content and assessments are deemed to have fulfilled the endorsement standard by HKIST. According to HKIST’s regulations, once full endorsement is granted, the endorsement is valid for five years subject to the conditions set by the HKIST. These mainly concern whether the programme is judged, upon annual reviews of the programme report statements, able to continue to be in compliance with all the accreditation standards. During the full endorsement period, graduates from our programme will be accepted as eligible for full membership of the HKIST.

HKIST is officially authorised by the Hong Kong SAR government as the accredited regulatory body responsible for administering a register for the speech therapy profession, so this status of professional recognition by the HKIST also means that graduates from our programme will be eligible to register as accredited speech therapists of HKIST under the new Accredited Registers (AR) Scheme for Speech Therapists by the Hong Kong SAR government.

Course options

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Full Time (2.5 years)

Tuition fees

HK $5,000 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

02 Sep

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirement for international students

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution;

Applicants should satisfy one of the following requirements in English proficiency:

  • The Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) English Language Grade D or above;
  • The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) Level 5 or above;
  • TOEFL (600 paper version, 100 Internet version, or above); or
  • IELTS 7.0 or above

Applicants should possess Chinese language proficiency at a level equivalent to either the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) Level 4 or above OR the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Chinese Language Grade D or above.

Applicants should be able to communicate verbally in both Cantonese and English effectively; and proficiency in Mandarin (Putonghua) is preferred.

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