Postgraduate Programme

Master of Science in Educational Speech-Language Pathology and Learning Disabilities

  • The first master programme in Hong Kong that blends speech-language pathology and learning disabilities to offer a full-fledged professional training programme for the next generation of speech-language pathologists
  • Programme scrutinised by local and overseas academics/ practitioners in the field, including the President of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP,
  • Curriculum closely follows the standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA,, with additional components to cater for the needs of different educational contexts and Chinese communities
  • A unique, innovative and comprehensive postgraduate training programme – built on a dual-core framework (speech-language pathology and learning disabilities), grounded in contemporary research and evidence-based practices, focused on reflection and inquiry
  • Extensive practicum component, supervised by qualified speech-language pathologists in Hong Kong and/ or nearby regions
  • Purpose-built clinical research unit with state-of-the-art facilities for training, client/ community services and research
  • Programme managed by the Department of Special Education and Counselling, an affiliated society of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP,

Those who wish to embark on a professional career in speech-language pathology or speech therapy.

The programme comprises 72 credit points (cps) and normally requires two years of full-time study. Participants will be required to study a full load of subjects 12-18 units per semester. Normally courses will be delivered face-to-face, involving a combination of lectures and tutorials.

  Credit Points

Professional Study

Research Methods
Independent Research Project 6
Total 72*
* each course carries 3 cps, except the Independent Research Project (6 cps)
# Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the Course and the manner in which the Course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University.  Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.

The curriculum of this programme is closely modelled on the programme of study of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the professional and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists and scientists in the field. The programme offers more than just an ordinary training on speech-language pathology. Instead of being just medically-oriented with an emphasis on practice in clinical settings, this programme is designed with an additional special focus on supporting students in educational settings . The integration of the two closely-related disciplines of speech-language pathology and learning disabilities makes this programme a unique, innovative and comprehensive postgraduate training.

Professional Study includes a full spectrum of professional courses to help participants build a strong knowledge base of the typical and disordered human communication, learning and swallowing processes in individuals (from infancy to late adulthood), and principles and methods of assessment and intervention.

Practicum is an integral part of the MScESLPLD curriculum, and a bridge between classroom learning and practice realities. Practicum sessions will be conducted to provide participants with the opportunities to apply subject knowledge, assessment and interventions skills to practice. Participants will have access to different facets of the community, and work with diverse client systems.

Research Methods provides an in-depth study of research design, methods and applications to foster participants’ critical thinking and problem-solving. Participants will be competent in undertaking research and investigatory analysis that help in their research project and future professional practice.

The Independent Research Project enables participants to work on a specialised topic related to their study in the MScESLPLD under the guidance of a supervisor. It requires participants to demonstrate their subject knowledge and skills through developing an individual project. It will help participants develop research and academic writing skills, as well as the scientific attitudes and values required for advancing professional practice and standards in their future career.

This programme is offered on a self-funded basis. The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK$329,760 which is provisional and subject to adjustment. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable. Needy local students may apply for financial assistance scheme from the government or from non-government organisations.

Applicants should normally:

  • hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree and/or a postgraduate diploma in education or other disciplines related to psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences or other disciplines the selection panel deems appropriate.

Applicants whose entrance qualification was obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally have attained one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0; or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE/ GCE OL English; or
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) ; or 
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

Applicants should have attained one of the following Chinese language proficiency requirements: 

  • Level 3 or above in Chinese Language from The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE); or
  • Grade E or above in Chinese Language from The Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE); or
  • Grade E or above in Chinese Language & Culture (Advanced Supplementary level, AS-level) from The Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE). 

Other proof of Chinese language proficiency will be considered on an individual merit basis.

Shortlisted applicants are required to attend an admission interview and take a test. The success of the application will depend heavily on the performance of the interview and the test.

You are welcome to apply the programme online here.

This programme has allowed me to develop as a speech therapist even though I initially studied Psychology. The great diversity of practicum has broadened my understanding of different disabilities, and the hands-on experience has been a great experience for me when I graduated as a clinician.

Miss Deborah Or
Speech Therapist in government organisation
Alumna of MScESLPLD