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.