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Master of Speech Therapy MST

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Entrance Year Sept 2022

Programme Code 72021

Stream Code

-

Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

2.5 years

Fund Type Self-Financed

Credits Required for Graduation

90

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Local Application Deadline 28 Feb 2022

Non-Local Application Deadline 28 Feb 2022

Tuition Fees

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

Programme Leaders

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 and 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.

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