The Master of Speech Therapy (MST) programme at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the first programme offered by a University in Hong Kong to enable individuals, who have obtained a Bachelor degree, to become speech therapists via a Master degree Entry Level programme. The MST programme aims to produce graduates who are able to practice as Speech Therapists in Hong Kong and Mainland China, with local and international professional recognition. As such, the curriculum is designed in a way that meets standards for local and international recognition
This programme uses a hybrid approach in which traditional lectures are used for foundational courses taught in the first year of the programme and Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach is used in the second year to enhance integration of learning across courses and across theory and practice.
A vital part of the training for Speech Therapists involves supervised clinical practice. The Speech Therapy Unit (STU) has already been established on PolyU campus and it creates a platform serving both in-house teaching and research purposes through a service interface. STU's website:
In addition to in-house placement at the Speech Therapy Unit, students will undertake external placements supervised by qualified and experienced speech therapists in a variety of settings in Hong Kong and Mainland China where speech therapists work and also where students upon graduation will find work. Students will obtain supervised clinical experience across a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders and across pediatric, adult and geriatric clients. List of external collaborators:
The clinical curriculum meets international requirements in terms of supervised contact clinical hours, coverage of contents, and requirements on competencies for an entry-level degree programme in Speech Therapy.