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Sept 2020 Entry



Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Applied Social Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Introduction

The Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS) is committed to serving the community through the dynamic integration of education, research and service through its applied social science research. APSS’s position as a large social sciences department with diverse areas of interest and expertise under one roof, and its location within a health and social science faculty, offers an advantageous position in inter-disciplinary research networks and initiatives. APSS research is characterised by:

 

  • A strong emphasis on social needs and policy relevant research;
  • A commitment to enhancing social betterment and improving the well-being of individuals, children, families and disadvantaged groups in our community;
  • A preference for collaborative work with partnering institutions in Hong Kong, China and the region; and
  • A commitment to developing theories of indigenous knowledge and practices.

Research Areas

Family, Child, Youth, and Ageing Studies

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Part-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Full-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019
Part-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019

Active ageing; elderly abuse; elderly care

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. LAI Wing Leung Daniel3400 3018d.lai@polyu.edu.hk
Dr AU May Lan Alma Mary Gerardina2766 7746alma.au@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YAN Chau Wai Elsie2766 5733elsie.yan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr BAI Xue3400 3694xuebai@polyu.edu.hk
Dr FUNG Wai Tung Ada2766 5744awt.fung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KWAN Crystal3400 3681cyeekwan@polyu.edu.hk

Child development; child abuse

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. CHAN Ko Ling Edward2766 5709koling.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. LEUNG Man Cynthia2766 4670leung.cynthia@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LO Kin Ming Camilla2766 5760camilla.lo@polyu.edu.hk

Family studies; family violence; family therapy; parent education

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. SHEK Tan Lei Daniel2766 5652daniel.shek@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. CHAN Ko Ling Edward2766 5709koling.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr SIM Boon Wee Timothy2766 5015timothy.sim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LEUNG Tsin Yee Janet2766 7944janet.leung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YU Lu2766 4859lu.yu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr ZHU Shimin Jasmine2766 5787jasmine.zhu@polyu.edu.hk

Positive youth development; youth leadership; guidance and counselling

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. SHEK Tan Lei Daniel2766 5652daniel.shek@polyu.edu.hk
Dr MA Man Sze Cecilia2766 5724cecilia.ma@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YU Lu2766 4859lu.yu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LIN Li2766 7740jocelyn.lin@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LEUNG Tsin Yee Janet2766 7944janet.leung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHAN Chitat Larry3400 3682chitat.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LAI Man Kin Simon2766 7744simon.lai@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LI Xiang​2766 7827xann.li@polyu.edu.hk

Youth deviant behaviours; youth and drug; youth and gambling; addiction prevention

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. SHEK Tan Lei Daniel2766 5652daniel.shek@polyu.edu.hk
Dr SIM Boon Wee Timothy2766 5015timothy.sim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LI Chi Mei Jessica3400 3021cmj.li@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YU Lu2766 4859lu.yu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr ZHU Shimin Jasmine2766 5787jasmine.zhu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LO Kin Ming Camilla2766 5760camilla.lo@polyu.edu.hk

Psychology, Mental Health and Health

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Part-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Full-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019
Part-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019

Applied neuropsychology; culture and mental health; mental health policy and service

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. CHEN Xiaohua Sylvia3400 3696sylvia.chen@polyu.edu.hk
Dr AU May Lan Alma Mary Gerardina2766 7746alma.au@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LAM Ka Nei2766 5748kanei.lam@polyu.edu.hk
Dr SIU Yuen Man Judy2766 7747judy.ym.siu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHEN Juan3400 3689juan.chen@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WU Qiaobing3400 3676qiaobing.wu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LO Hay Ming Herman2766 5769herman.lo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr ZHU Shimin Jasmine2766 5787jasmine.zhu@polyu.edu.hk

Educational psychology; developmental psychology; psychopathology

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. SHEK Tan Lei Daniel2766 5652daniel.shek@polyu.edu.hk
Dr MA Man Sze Cecilia2766 5724cecilia.ma@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YU Lu2766 4859lu.yu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LU Huijing2766 5755huijing.lu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr ZHU Shimin Jasmine2766 5787jasmine.zhu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LAM Ka Nei 2766 5748kanei.lam@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHOY E Hang Eunice2766 5868eunice-e-hang.choy@polyu.edu.hk

Social psychology; cross-cultural psychology; community psychology

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. CHEN Xiaohua Sylvia3400 3696sylvia.chen@polyu.edu.hk

Social Policy, Social Welfare and Community Development

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Part-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Full-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019
Part-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019

Disaster management and risk reduction

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr SIM Boon Wee Timothy2766 5015timothy.sim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KU Hok Bun Ben2766 4553hok.bun.ku@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KWAN Crystal3400 3681cyeekwan@polyu.edu.hk

Housing policy; health policy; labour policy; ageing and family policy; comparative social policy

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr CHUNG Kim Wah2766 5731kim-wah.chung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WONG Hok Wui Stan2766 5737shw.wong@polyu.edu.hk
Dr HO Po Ying Amy 2766 5790po-ying.amy.ho@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WU Qiaobing3400 3676qiaobing.wu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr SIU Yu Kwan Kaxton3400 3692kaxton.siu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr BAI Xue 3400 3694xuebai@polyu.edu.hk
Dr SEO Bokyong2766 5632grace.seo@polyu.edu.hk

Quality of life; social indicators; social stratification; social exclusion

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. LAI Wing Leung Daniel3400 3018d.lai@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. SHEK Tan Lei Daniel2766 5652daniel.shek@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YU Lu2766 4859lu.yu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHEN Juan3400 3689juan.chen@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KOO Ching Hua Anita2766 4945anita.koo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KU Hok Bun Ben2766 4553hok.bun.ku@polyu.edu.hk
Dr COCKAIN Alexander Gray3400 3672alex.cockain@polyu.edu.hk

Third-sector development; social enterprise; social economy; social innovation

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr HO Po Ying Amy2766 5790po-ying.amy.ho@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WANG Xiaolu Norah2766 5740norah.x.wang@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KU Hok Bun Ben2766 4553hok.bun.ku@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YAN Hairong3400 3019yan.hairong@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WU Qiaobing3400 3676qiaobing.wu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHANDRA Yanto3400 3675yanto.chandra@polyu.edu.hk

Social Theory, China and Global Social Development

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Part-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Full-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019
Part-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019

Gender studies; ethnic studies 

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr KU Hok Bun Ben2766 4553hok.bun.ku@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KOO Ching Hua Anita2766 4945anita.koo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHAN Wai Ling Jenny2766 5743jenny.wl.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LUI Ching Wu Lake2766 5738lake.lui@polyu.edu.hk

Globalisation, migration and social development 

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr YAN Hairong3400 3019yan.hairong@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LAM Ngan Ting Katy2766 5750katy.nt.lam@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KOO Ching Hua Anita2766 4945anita.koo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WU Qiaobing3400 3676qiaobing.wu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr SIU Yu Kwan Kaxton3400 3692kaxton.siu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHAN Wai Ling Jenny2766 5743jenny.wl.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WONG Hok Wui Stan2766 5737shw.wong@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LUI Ching Wu Lake2766 5738lake.lui@polyu.edu.hk

Social media and social development

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr KOO Ching Hua Anita2766 4945anita.koo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHU Wai Chi Rodney2766 7741rodney.chu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHAN Chitat Larry3400 3682chitat.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WONG Hok Wui Stan2766 5737shw.wong@polyu.edu.hk
Dr COCKAIN Alexander Gray3400 3672alex.cockain@polyu.edu.hk
Dr TING Tin Yuet2766 5722tyting@polyu.edu.hk

Social theory and social philosophy

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr COCKAIN Alexander Gray3400 3672alex.cockain@polyu.edu.hk
Dr TING Tin Yuet2766 5722tyting@polyu.edu.hk

Urbanisation, rural-urban relations and local governance

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr CHEN Juan3400 3689juan.chen@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YAN Hairong3400 3019yan.hairong@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KU Hok Bun Ben2766 4553hok.bun.ku@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WONG Hok Wui Stan2766 5737shw.wong@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KAN Ching Yeung Karita2766 5725karita.kan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr COCKAIN Alexander Gray3400 3672alex.cockain@polyu.edu.hk
Dr ZHAN Yang3400 3494yang.zhan@polyu.edu.hk

Social Work and Human Service Management

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Part-time PhD Application Deadline:      02 Dec 2019
Full-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019
Part-time MPhil Application Deadline:   02 Dec 2019

Human services management; information-knowledge management; program evaluation

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr CHAN Chitat Larry3400 3682chitat.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr HO Po Ying Amy2766 5790po-ying.amy.ho@polyu.edu.hk

Indigenisation of social work practice; social work education

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. LAI Wing Leung Daniel3400 3018d.lai@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KU Hok Bun Ben2766 4553hok.bun.ku@polyu.edu.hk

Practice research; social work values and ethics

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr SIM Boon Wee Timothy2766 5015timothy.sim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr KU Hok Bun Ben2766 4553hok.bun.ku@polyu.edu.hk

Social work supervision; social work practice

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. LAI Wing Leung Daniel3400 3018d.lai@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LI Chi Mei Jessica3400 3021cmj.li@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LEUNG Tsin Yee Janet2766 7944janet.leung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr LO Hay Ming Herman2766 5769herman.lo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHAN Chitat Larry3400 3682chitat.chan@polyu.edu.hk

Research Facilities

The following research centre and research facilities are our platforms for hosting and advancing research collaborations with academic institutions, NGOs, the private sector and government departments locally, overseas and in the Chinese mainland.

 

  • Peking University -- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University China Social Work Research Centre
  • Centre for Social Policy Studies
  • Centre for Third Sector Studies
  • China Research and Development Network
  • Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Professional Practice and Assessment Centre
  • Yan Oi Tong Au Suet Ming Child Development Centre
  • The Institute of Active Ageing (IAA) – hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Research laboratory - Research equipment for collecting neurological data such as electroencephalography (EEG) and physiological data such as skin conductance, heart rate, and respiration.

 

Other Information

For full-time UGC quota PhD admission, applicants are encouraged to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for which the application period starts in early September each year.

For details of the research areas of our faculty members, please click here for information.

For enquiries about the programmes, please contact us.

 

Supporting Documents
Academic Referee's Report:

Compulsory - Two Academic Referee's Reports are required.

Curriculum Vitae:

Compulsory

Others:

Optional 

  • Publications, awards, etc.

  • Please provide an official letter/document issued by corresponding University to indicate that your Master's degree study contains a significant research component, such as a dissertation.

Personal Statement:

Compulsory

Research Proposal:

Compulsory - A standard form must be used for the submission of research proposal.  Please click here to download the form.

Transcript / Certificate:

Compulsory

  • Official certificates of the award of Bachelor's / Master's degree. 
  • The explanatory notes on the transcript grading system and classifications of the award are required.