Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Language and Speech Sciences (BALSS) (2-year articulation programme)

Programme Aims:


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


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has always been providing application-oriented education that stays close to the practical needs of our community and has a leading role in educating language professionals and allied health professionals. PolyU has also been providing language related service to the HKSAR government and the Hong Kong community, as well as running a wide range of healthcare clinics open to the public.


There is a strong demand for graduates rigorously trained in linguistic sciences and equipped with knowledge and skills in treating communication disorders in Hong Kong across the social welfare, education, healthcare and private sectors.


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 educational settings, research fields and other business and industry sectors.


Programme Learning Outcomes:


On successful completion of the programme, graduates will have:

  1. The fundamental academic knowledge
  • about the principles governing the internal structures of languages and the conventions underlying human communication;
  • about the biological build-up and function of relevant parts of the human body, as well as the neurological functions relevant to language
  • about cognition involved in language reception, perception, processing and production and the psychologic process in language use
  • and about the biological, cognitive and psychological substrates of communication disorders
  1. The basic skills
  • of helping assessing communication disorders and aiding therapeutic processes for communication disorders
  • of analyzing speech and language data related to communication disorders
  • of communicating with people with various social, cultural and economic status, as well as people with various communication difficulties
  • and of arranging different tasks and arranging work according to schedules
  1. The essential working ethics
  • on academic integrity
  • and on handling private information and dealing with clients