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Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) Speech Pathology

Offered by: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Exam BodyInternal Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration8 Sem
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)USD4167/Year
FacultyHealth - School of Health Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Stream RequirementsScience Stream
Course Description

Speech pathology is a health science profession that deals with the identification, assessment, diagnosis, intervention and management of communication disorders (disorders of language, speech sounds, fluency and voice) and swallowing problems. The professionals in this profession are known as Pegawai Pemulihan Perubatan (Pertuturan) in the government sector or Speech-Language Pathologist in the private sector.

Speech Pathology Programme provides an academic program for students to obtain Bachelors of Health Science (Speech Pathology) as a qualification to work as thePegawai Pemulihan Perubatan (Pertuturan) or Speech-Language Pathologist. The main aim of Speech Pathology Programme is to produce professionals who have the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in speech pathology. Therefore, to achieve this main aim, the objectives of Speech Pathology Program are to:

  • Offer an academic programme that can produce professional who are knowledgeable and skilful in speech pathology.
  • Provide students with the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in preparation to work as competence professionals.
  • Develop sense of professionalism to ensure ethical practices provided to the public.
  • Give initial exposure to encourage involvement in research, parallel to advancement in speech pathology profession.

This is a 4-year professional programme that provides students with theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in speech pathology. Students will undertake programme core courses that cover topics on communication sciences and disorders, medical and health sciences, linguistics, education, psychology and research, plus several elective and university courses. The students will also have to accumulate 400 clinical educational hours during clinical years i.e. from Year 2 to Year 4 and complete a research project during the final year.

Entry Requirements

i.    Lulus Peperiksaan Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya PNGK 3.00


ii.    Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Gred B (NGMP 3.00 ) pada peringkat STPM dalam mata pelajaran berikut :

    •    Pengajian Am
    •    Mana-mana dua ( 2 ) mata pelajaran berikut :

        •    Biology
        •    Physics
        •    Chemistry
        •    Mathematics T


iii.   Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Tahap 2 (Band 2) dalam Malaysian University English Test (MUET).


iv.   Cemerlang dalam penilaian temu duga.

Career Prospects

Career prospect for the Speech Pathology Programme graduates include:

    1. Speech-language pathologist in:
      • health sector (government hospital, private hospital or private practice)
      • education sector (special school or normal school)
      • non-government organisation, NGOs (intervention center or rehabilitation center)
      • community and welfare sector (community based rehabilitation center)


    1. Tutors or lecturers at academic institutions. Graduates can also register as post-graduate students or join the academic staff training scheme at institutions of higher learning.

  1. Science or research officer at research centres, academic institutions and hospitals.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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