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Master of Social Work

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 54047

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Applied Social Sciences

Stream Code


Mode of Study Part-time

Normal Duration

3 years

Credits Required for Graduation

36 (including 8 clinical/field credits)

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

For local students
HK$220,800 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$5,000 per credit; Fieldwork: HK$10,100 per credit)

For non-local students
HK$268,400 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$6,100 per credit; Fieldwork: HK$12,200 per credit)

Programme Leader(s)

Dr LI Chi-mei, Jessica


  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in one of these two time periods: (i) 7-10 January 2020, or (ii) 1-3 April 2020. Qualified candidates will be notified of their results via the eAdmission. Once all vacancies are filled, the remaining qualified applicants will be put on a waiting list. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The overall aim of the MSW programme is to nurture students to become advanced generic social work practitioners, engaged in critical reflection of their work and with a strong commitment to pursuing scholarship in practice.



This programme is designed for Bachelor’s degree holders who would like to pursue a social work qualification on a part-time basis.


Students integrate theory and practice and generate new theoretical and practical insights to improve professional practice. The programme values the following principles:

  1. Contextual reflection: reflecting on the unique features of the social, cultural and political contexts of human service practice and their implications for both theory and practice.
  2. Relationship between theory and practice: testing and reflecting on theories and developing them into personalised “theories-in-use” in specific practice domains.
  3. The inter-connectedness of problems and issues: relating one’s knowledge and skills to the context of professional practice, the local community, the Chinese mainland and the international community as a whole, and appreciating the ethical and value considerations underlying professional practice.
  4. Personalised styles and frameworks of practice: continually reflecting on and integrating one’s professional self, personal values and life experiences, and hence transforming practice theories into new ideas and methods that are congruent with one’s personal style of practice and within the evolving practice context.


Special Features

  1. ​Interactive and innovative teaching and learning;
  2. Interdisciplinary exposure;
  3. Investigation of social problems from professional perspectives;
  4. Indigenization of knowledge and skills in professional practice
Recognition & Prospects

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Social Workers (RSW) in Hong Kong.


For registration as a RSW, please refer to the requirement and application procedure as stipulated by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) by visiting the Board's official website.


Programme Structure

To be eligible for the award, students must complete 12 Required Subjects and 1 Elective Subject (for a total of 36 credits).


Core Areas of Study

Required Subjects

  • ​Advanced Human Behaviour & Social Environment
  • Advanced Social Work Theory & Practice I
  • Advanced Social Work Theory & Practice II
  • Critical Introduction to Social Work
  • Law & Social Work
  • Practice Research in Social Work
  • Principles & Methods of Social Service Administration
  • MSW Fieldwork I
  • MSW Fieldwork II
  • MSW Integrative Seminar in Social Work Studies
  • Social Problem, Policy Analysis & Accountability
  • Social Work Practice Workshop


Elective Subjects 

  • ​Advanced Macro Social Work Intervention
  • Brief Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Delinquency & Family
  • Integrative Project
  • Marriage, Separation, Divorce & Reconstituted Families
  • Mental Health Practice
  • Mental Health & the Aged
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Organisation Theories & Analysis
  • Pathological Gambling
  • Social Context & Ethics
  • Supervision & Professional Development
  • Theories & Models of Counselling
  • Theory & Practice of Social Development
  • Mindfulness in Counselling
  • Violence in Intimate Relationships


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree from a recognised university.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further information on admission matters, please contact:
Ms Lee Suk Wai (tel: (852) 2766 5714; email: sspg@polyu.edu.hk); 
or visit our website at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.