Master of Speech Therapy
言語治療碩士學位


Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 72021

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

-

Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

2.5 years

Credits Required for Graduation

90

Fund Type
Self-Financed
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$5,320 per credit for local and non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Lau Kai Yan Dustin

Remarks
  • ​This is a full-time programme. Only the full-time option will be offered.
  • Applications can be made to our postgraduate programmes without the help of agencies. Applicants are required to apply online via the Study@PolyU website.
  • Please note that all fields in the application forms should be filled. We will not consider applications that do not provide details of academic qualifications.
  • Interview may be arranged as deemed appropriate.
  • No application will be processed unless with full provision of supporting documents.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The Master of Speech Therapy (MST) programme cultivates graduates who are able to practise as speech therapists in Hong Kong and serve as speech therapy advocates in mainland China and the Macau SAR. The programme is designed to equip students with the professional and academic knowledge base, clinical and research skills, and attitudes and ethics required to function effectively as entry-level speech therapists. The curriculum offers a unique approach to education and training in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, addressing speech therapy in both Chinese and bilingual contexts. As speech therapy Master’s level programmes are widely adopted as entry-level degrees in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, the MST programme provides an alternative pathway for Bachelor’s degree holders to enter the speech therapy profession.

 

Characteristics

The MST teaching team is composed of academic and teaching staff with considerable teaching experience, proven research track records and extensive clinical expertise. We adopt a hybrid teaching and learning approach: traditional lectures are conducted in the first year, and the problem based learning (PBL) approach is adopted in the second year. This enhances the integration of learning across courses and enables students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.

 

A vital part of the training for speech therapists involves supervised clinical practice. A Speech Therapy Unit (STU) has been established on the PolyU campus. The STU offers a platform for both in-house teaching and research purposes through a service interface. For more details, please visit the STU’s website here.

 

The clinical placements in the MST programme are scheduled to occur throughout the whole programme, lasting for 2.5 years, to cover the assessment and treatment of speech, language, literacy, voice, fluency and swallowing disorders of clinical populations across the lifespan from infancy to old age. To prepare students to work in different speech therapy service settings upon graduation, clinical placements are arranged not only at STU, but also with the support of clinical education partners such as the Hospital Authority, non-government organisations, special and mainstream schools, as well as other community service providers.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition & Prospects

The MST programme is the first speech therapy training programme in Hong Kong to be awarded the status of ‘Full Endorsement’ for five years by the Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists (HKIST) since the start of the institution-based assessment scheme in 2018. With the HKIST’s endorsement, MST graduates (including those who graduated before 2018), are eligible to apply to become ‘Members of the Register of Speech Therapists accredited by the Department of Health’. 

 

Speech therapists provide assessment, treatment and consultation for individuals of different age groups with communication or swallowing disorders. To address the demand for speech therapy services across the lifespan, the government has committed to creating hundreds of new speech therapist posts in both child and adult service settings in the last few years. The manpower requirement of speech therapists is anticipated to grow further with the implementation of new rehabilitation initiatives associated with the ageing trend of the Hong Kong population.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Programme Structure

The Master of Speech Therapy is a full-time professional entry-level programme based on a structured credit-earning model. The programme consists of a total of 90 credits to be covered in 5 semesters and 2 summer terms, spanning 2.5 years. Students must complete 21 credits of foundation subjects, 42 credits of professional subjects and 27 credits of clinical education subjects. The programme comprises six main subject categories, reflecting its multi-disciplinary nature: Linguistics and Language Sciences, Behavioural and Social Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Communication Disorders and Audiology, Clinical Education, and a research project.

 

Medium of Instruction:

English (supplemented by Cantonese and Mandarin for Cantonese-speaking and Mandarin-speaking clients in clinical placements)

 

Core Areas of Study

Foundation Subjects

  • ​Foundations in Biomedical Sciences I
  • Foundations in Biomedical Sciences II
  • Foundations in Behavioural and Social Sciences I
  • Foundations in Behavioural and Social Sciences II
  • Foundations in Linguistics and Language Sciences I
  • Foundations in Linguistics and Language Sciences II
  • Foundations in Linguistics and Language Sciences III
  • Foundations in Linguistics and Language Sciences IV
     

Professional Subjects

  • ​Introduction to Communication Disorders and Audiology
  • Introduction to Speech Therapy and Audiology
  • Paediatric Communication Disorders: Assessment and Treatment I
  • Paediatric Communication Disorders: Assessment and Treatment II
  • Adult Communication Disorders: Assessment and Treatment I
  • Adult Communication Disorders: Assessment and Treatment II
  • Other Communication Disorders: Assessment and Treatment I
  • Other Communication Disorders and Swallowing Disorders: Assessment and Treatment II
  • Research Project I
  • Research Project II
     

Clinical Education Subjects

  • ​Clinical Practicum I
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • Clinical Practicum III
  • Clinical Practicum IV
  • Clinical Practicum V
  • Clinical Practicum VI
  • Clinical Practicum VII
  • Case Conference
  • Professional Ethics and Issues
     

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.cbs.polyu.edu.hk/MST.html.

 

(The above subject list is subject to revision.)

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from a recognised institution.
  • Applicants should satisfy one of the following requirements for English proficiency:
    • Level 5 or above in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) English Language;
    • Grade D or above in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) Use of English;
    • An overall Band Score of 7.0 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 100 or above for the Internet-based test or 600 or above for the paper-based test;
    • Grade 5 or above in English A at International Baccalaureate (IB); or
    • the equivalent.
  • Applicants should satisfy one of the following requirements for Chinese proficiency:
    • Level 4 or above in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) Chinese Language;
    • Grade D or above in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Chinese Language;
    • Grade 5 or above in Chinese Language A Standard & Higher Level at International Baccalaureate (IB);
    • Grade 6  or above in Chinese Language B Higher Level at International Baccalaureate (IB);
    • Level 2 or above in the Shumian Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi 書面漢語水平考試 (SHSK);
    • Total score of 240 or above in the Chinese Proficiency Test 汉语水平考试 (HSK level VI 六级); or
    • the equivalent.
  • Applicants should be able to communicate verbally in both Cantonese and English effectively; proficiency in Mandarin (Putonghua) is preferred.

Other Information

Other Information

  • Admission preference will be given to those with a first degree in linguistics, psychology, speech and language sciences, or a medical or health-related discipline.
  • All applicants are required to submit a personal statement in English. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Enquiries

Enquiries

For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Programme Leader, Dr Lau Kai Yan Dustin (tel: (852) 2766 6362; email: dustin.lau@polyu.edu.hk).

 

For general information, please contact:
Ms Mabel Tong (tel: (852) 2766 4869; email: mabel.tong@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


Thanks to the combined efforts of our professors, academic staff, clinical associates and administrative staff, we were able to immerse ourselves in a dynamic learning environment, and were lucky enough to gain a broad range of clinical experience. Our years of study were very challenging yet immensely fruitful. We would never have come this far without the constant support and guidance from the Department. What we learned from our teachers was not only academic knowledge, but also a professional attitude, commitment to helping others, and compassion for our clients and their caregivers.


Miss Chloe CHENG (MST graduate 2018)

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required


Curriculum Vitae

Optional

Employer's Recommendation

Optional

Personal Statement

Personal statement should be written in English.

Transcript / Certificate

Required

Others

Proof of English proficiency. 

Proof of Chinese proficiency.


Info Seminar

Info Seminar

No information is available at present.

Programme Leaflet

Programme Leaflet

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