Postgraduate Programme

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


I qualified as a speech therapist in Singapore after passing the qualifying examination in Speech-Language Therapy in 2016.  I now practise in a private clinic in Singapore, serving primarily paediatric population. The progdramme laid down a solid theoretical framework of different areas of speech therapy.  Most importantly, it equipped me with a toolkit for evidence-based practice.  From theory to practice, I gained hands-on experience from a wide range of clients ranging from pediatric to geriatric care.


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Tiago Chan,
Alumnus,  MScESLPLD
Speech Therapist

  • The first master’s programme in Hong Kong that studies both speech-language pathology and learning disabilities to offer professional training for the next generation of speech-language pathologists

  • The Programme has been fully endorsed by the Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists ( Graduates of the programme are eligible to apply to be "Member of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by Department of Health"

  • Curriculum 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

  • Purpose-built clinical research unit with state-of-the-art facilities for training, client/community services and research

  • Extensive practicum component, supervised by qualified speech-language pathologists in Hong Kong and / or nearby regions

  • Programme managed by the Department of Special Education and Counselling, the only affiliated society of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP, in China

  • Students have the opportunity to participate in the annual European Speech-Language Therapy Summer School

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

The medium of instruction is English.

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.

Tuition Fee: HK$401,436 (Provisional and subject to adjustment)
The tuition fee is HK$4,956 per credit, 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.

1. Applicants should 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.

2. Applicants whose entrance qualifications were obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should 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.

3. 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.

4. Applicants should be proficient in Cantonese.

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.

After graduating I work as a speech therapist at an NGO.  I am now responsible for reaching out to different kindergartens to help the preschoolers overcome their communication and speech problems.

The most unforgettable moment was when a child greeted me using a full sentence after a summer vacation.  Just one year ago he was not able to say even a single word.  After going through therapy his improvement was incredible.

At University, I had amazing placement opportunities.  I met an elderly woman who had swallowing difficulties. Although I tried many different treatment approaches with her, I made very little progress.  My supervisor, Ms Esther Kwok helped me think through other possible causes; how was her everyday eating habits, if she could manage to swallow her medicine, whether she had family support, and whether she is receiving the necessary nutritional intake based on her current diet?

I find it incredibly meaningful to help those in need, especially during the difficult times of their lives.  It means a lot to the clients as well as their families. I think the strongest attribute of this programme is that it addresses those with learning disabilities. Working at an NGO that emphasizes holistic care, I have to work with educational psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and special child care workers.  This programme prepared me with a collaborative mindset so that I can customize the best therapeutic plan for my clients.

The knowledge and skills are highly transferrable internationally. I passed the clinical certification examination for Speech-language and Audiology Canada. This means I am also qualified to practice as a speech language pathologist in Canada.

Jessica Huen


Speech Therapist



I am sure all MScESLPLD students find practicum most challenging but also most fulfilling.  I loved the chance to help a wide range of clients at the Hospital Authority and various NGOs, from children to adults to the elderly. I served clients with swallowing difficulties, speech problems, and students with special educational needs.  Every client is unique, as well as their family. With help from my supervisors, I approached each individual in a unique way. My supervisor Ms Polly Lau was  instrumental to how approached this.

I had a great summer as I was given the chance to join a Speech Language Therapy Summer School in Italy.  Our team won the Best Paper Poster Presentation Award out of the 21 participating universities from Europe, America and Asia.  We demonstrated a unique way to teach Cantonese, to pay attention to the six contrastive lexical tones of Cantonese.

Zandra Mok