Department of Applied Social Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2019 Entry

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

Active ageing; elderly abuse; elderly care

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Child development; child abuse

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Family studies; family violence; family therapy; parent education

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Positive youth development; youth leadership; guidance and counselling

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

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Psychology, Mental Health and Health

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

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Educational psychology; developmental psychology; psychopathology

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Social psychology; cross-cultural psychology; community psychology

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Social Policy, Social Welfare and Community Development

Disaster management and risk reduction

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

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

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

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Social Theory, China and Global Social Development

Gender studies; ethnic studies 

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Globalisation, migration and social development 

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Social media and social development

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Social theory and social philosophy

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Urbanisation, rural-urban relations and local governance

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Social Work and Human Service Management

Human services management; information-knowledge management; program evaluation

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Indigenization of social work practice; social work education

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Practice research; social work values and ethics

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Social work supervision; social work practice

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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 Polic​y 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 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 (to be submitted by the referees directly to the Academic Secretariat of PolyU by application deadline)

Curriculum Vitae

Compulsory

Personal Statement

Compulsory

Research Proposal

Compulsory

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.

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.