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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology



Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is the first postgraduate programme in Hong Kong offered by Faculty of Medicine of a recognized University to enable graduates to be qualified speech therapists.

Program Highlights:

* First speech-language pathology programme in Hong Kong offered by Faculty of Medicine
* Biennial intake to enhance students’ resources and learning
* Allows students to choose between a research stream or advanced clinical stream
* Adopts a range of pedagogies including lectures, tutorials, e-learning platforms and clinical placements
* Utilizes objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) as part of clinical examination

Accreditation and Registration

Speech Therapist Profession under “The Accredited Registers Scheme for Healthcare Professions”

* 'Provisional Endorsement' by Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists, which is the highest endorsement level awarded for new speech therapy training programmes
* Graduates are eligible as members of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by Department of Health


Continuing Education Fund

* This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund
  CEF Course code: 41M124834
  CEF Course Name: Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
* This course is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6)
  QR Registration No.:17/001015/L6
  Registration Validity Period: 01/08/2018 To On-going


Graduates are expected to be qualified speech therapists meeting international standards.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will have attained the following learning outcomes:
* Acquired knowledge of normal and pathological processes of communication
* Be familiar with the core concepts in paediatric and adult communication disorders and possess the clinical skills to diagnose, intervene, and manage the disorders
* Acquired knowledge and clinical skills in managing patients with swallowing disorders
* Ability to employ analyses of language structures at different linguistic levels to devise clinical practices such as speech and language diagnosis and therapy
* Ability to apply, evaluate and design assistive technologies for speech and language disorders

Programme Mode

The programme is offered in full-time study mode which covers a normal period of two academic years.

Credit Unit Requirements for Graduation

Course List

Core Courses
* SLPA5101 Acoustic Analysis of Voice and Speech
* SLPA5102 Fluency Disorders
* SLPA5103 Voice Disorders
* SLPA5104 Clinical Management, Professional Development and Ethics
* SLPA5105 Neurosciences, Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Motor Speech Disorders
* SLPA5201 Research methodology and Evidence Based Appraisal for Speech Language Pathology
* SLPA5202 Test Development & Assessment Approaches
* SLPA5203 Assistive Technologies for Communication Disorders
* SLPA5301 Clinical Practice I
* SLPA5302 Clinical Practice II
* SLPA5303 Clinical Practice III
* SLPA5304 Clinical Practice IV
* CODS5201 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Language and Hearing
* CODS5204 Language Disorders from Infancy to Adolescence
* CODS5205 Speech Sound Disorders and Craniofacial Abnormalities
* CODS5206 Audiological evaluation and aural rehabilitation
* CODS5207 Dysphagia
* LING5101 Foundations I: Phonetics and Phonology
* LING5102 Foundations II: Syntax and Semantics
* LING5103 Foundations in Language Acquisition
Elective Courses
* SLPA5501 Clinical Research I
* SLPA5502 Clinical Research II
* CODS5302 Special Topics in Communication Disorders
* LING5501 Topics in Chinese Phonetics and Phonology
* LING5502 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics
* LING5503 Topics in Chinese Language Acquisition
* LING5403 Topics in Language Acquisition of Deaf Children

Programme Director

Professor Kathy Lee Yuet Sheung
Associate Professor & Chief, Division of Speech Therapy
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, CUHK
Honorary Speech Therapist, NTEC, Hospital Authority
Honorary Advisor, Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists
Professor Lee is the founder and the Chief of the Division of Speech Therapy in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She leads her team in pioneering clinical research relating to speech pathology and communication sciences. She adopts a collaborative approach through multidisciplinary partnership with other faculties of CUHK, renowned overseas institutions and experts in the local community. Her research has been well recognized and successfully attracted major research grants .
Professor Lee is an experienced speech therapist in managing children with various communication and swallowing impairments. In addition to research and clinical work, she has also been giving lectures and workshops widely in educational settings and the community to foster language and speech facilitation skills for parents, professionals and students.

Teaching Format

* Lectures
* Tutorials
* E-learning platform
* Clinical Practicum


* Individual or group assignments
* Presentations
* Attendance
* Examination
* Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

Tuition Fee

HK$ 420,000 (in 4 installments, thus HK$105,000 per term)

Admission Requirements

Academic Qualification
Applicants shall have:
* graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, normally with an honours not lower than Second Class; or
* graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
* completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.
Those who expect to obtain a Bachelor's degree in the current academic year may also apply for admission.
English Language Proficiency
Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for details:
* Website:
* Section: “All students should fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement prescribed below before they are admitted”.
Chinese Language Proficiency
Applicants are expected to be proficient in Chinese (Cantonese or Putonghua) for communication purposes.
Applicants are normally required to attend an interview.

Application Procedures

Online Application via
Remarks: Application takes place biennially. Application for 2022 intake will be opened in late 2021.


Contact Us

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Address: MSc in Speech-Language Pathology
Room 303, Academic Building No.2, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3943 9609 / 3943 9607
Fax: (852) 3942 0969

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