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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 72422

Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

2 years

Programme Intake 30

Fund Type Government-Funded

Credits Required for Graduation

A minimum of 66 academic credits plus 3 training credits

Programme Leaders

Programme Leader

Dr KWONG Yee Lan Elaine

PhD, BSc (Speech and Hearing)


  • The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review. Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirement (LCR) will be required to take the default LCR replacement subjects.
  • Medium of Instruction of the programme: English and Chinese (Putonghua and Cantonese)

    English is the medium of instruction for most subjects. However, for certain subjects with a dominant Chinese content, Putonghua and/or Cantonese may be used as the medium of instruction, such as Structure of Modern Chinese (CBS3403) and Varieties of Written Chinese (CBS4940). There is also an elective subject named Analysis of Cantonese (CBS4941) which deals with Cantonese and consequently Cantonese will also be used as the medium of instruction.​​​

  • Online Admission Talk of BA (Hons) in Language and Speech Sciences (BALSS)

    Date and time: 22 Feb 2022, 2pm

    Video link:


Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

BA (Hons) in Language and Speech Sciences (BALSS) is a government-funded, interdisciplinary, two-year full-time honours top-up programme that admits Senior Year students holding an Associate Degree or Higher Diploma qualification.


The programme aims to equip graduates with (1) good foundation knowledge to understand human communication and its disorders, including (a) linguistic knowledge, (b) cognitive theories and (c) biological basis; (2) knowledge and basic skills in analysing human communication disorders; (3) good communication skills to interact with people from various social and cultural backgrounds as well as individuals with communication disorders; and (4) functional work-related skills nurtures students as all-round individuals who are ready to work and to be an ethical leader in numerous allied health and/or education settings, research fields and other business and industry sectors.


The programme provides students with solid training in areas related to language and speech sciences, including linguistics, biology, cognition and communication disorders. With a balanced curriculum of both skills-based and knowledge-based courses, the programme produces graduates who can pursue a variety of careers, including positions related to allied health, education, research fields and other business and industry sectors.

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