The curriculum is modelled on that 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 is more than just a medical study of speech-language pathology; it is designed to focus on supporting students in educational settings. The integration of the two disciplines of speech-language pathology and learning disabilities makes this programme a unique, innovative and comprehensive postgraduate training.
Professional Study includes a spectrum of professional courses to help participants build a strong knowledge of 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 the realities of practice. Practicum sessions will be conducted to give participants the opportunity to apply subject knowledge, assessment and intervention skills. Participants will have access to different facets of the community, and work with diverse client communities.
Research Methods provides an in-depth study of research design, methods and applications to foster participants’ critical thinking and problem-solving. Participants will undertake research and investigatory analysis that help in their research project and future professional practice.
The Evidence-based Capstone 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. This will help participants develop research and academic writing skills, as well as the scientific attitudes and values required to advance in their future career.