Master of Arts in Guidance and Counselling

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 54047

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

GCF (Full-time)
GCP (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$3,950 per credit for local students
HK$4,780 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Lam Yeung Kit Sum, Syrine
BSocSc, MEd, PhD (Org Psyc)

  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Interviews with shortlisted candidates and offers to qualified candidates will start from December 2016. Applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The Master of Arts in Guidance and Counselling aims to train teachers, social workers, guidance and counselling practitioners, human resource management personnel and those who are intended to offer counselling services to address the diverse needs of their clientele in Hong Kong.


The programme uniquely connects micro and macro perspectives in training guidance and counselling practitioners, who will then be able to design and implement a range of preventive, remedial and developmental programmes. Students can expect the opportunity to generate new theoretical and practical insights into improving current practices.


Upon completion of the programme, graduates can expect to have enhanced both their professional and personal growth and acquire advanced levels of counselling and guidance competencies.



We offer a flexible learning path. Students can choose their preferred subjects from a pool that is specially designed for guidance and counselling practitioners. They may complete this programme in 2 years, even on a part-time basis if they take additional subjects per semester. On completion of 21 credits (7 subjects), students can apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Recognition & Prospects

This programme has been fully accredited by the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA). Graduates are eligible to apply for their membership.

Graduates of the Practicum option will fulfil 50 supervised practice hours recognised by HKPCA as its partial requirement for Certified Counsellor.


Programme Structure

To be eligible for this award, students must complete 5 Required Core Subjects, 3 Elective Subjects, and pursue either the Practicum Option or the Research Option.


Students who have successfully completed 21 credits including 5 Required Core Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects can exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling.


Core Areas of Study

Required Core Subjects (15 credits)

  • Advanced Human Behaviour & Social Environment
  • Individual & Group Counselling Skills Workshop
  • Social Context & Ethics
  • Social Policy Analysis & Social Accountability
  • Theories & Models of Counselling

and then EITHER

Practicum Option (6 credits)

  • Counselling Practicum


Research Option (6 credits)

  • Practice Research
  • Integrative Project


Elective Subjects (any 3 subjects - 9 credits)

  • Assessment & Instructional Strategies for Children & Youth with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Brief Therapy
  • Career Counselling: Theories & Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Counselling Assessment & Measurement
  • Delinquency & Family
  • Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural & Systemic Approaches
  • Family Violence
  • Guidance & Counselling for Students with Special Needs
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychopathology: Holistic & Humanistics Orientations
  • Practice Research
  • Workplace Counselling


The subjects offered may be altered at the discretion of the Department.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree or the equivalent.


Preference will be given to applicants who are teachers, social workers, counsellors or human resources management personnel and who are involved in guidance work or working in relevant areas.


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.

Other Information

Applicants are required to submit, along with his/her application, (a) a statement reflecting on his/her recent work experience; or (b) a short piece of writing on a problem or issue that is of interest to him/her and on how he/she deals with the issue. Both statements should be in English of not more than 1,000 words.



For enquiries about this programme, please contact: 
Ms Phoebe Chan (tel: (852) 2766 5761);
or Ms Angel Shing (email:

Student Message

The two years I spent in the MAGC programme were highly rewarding and unforgettable. I not only learnt about the latest counselling theories and techniques that equipped me for my work as a career and guidance teacher, but I also built a strong support network. My classmates were passionate learners who constantly inspired me through our project learning and discussions, and our teachers whole-heartedly shared their personal clinical experiences and knowledge with us. My MAGC journey enabled me to better perform in my teaching and counselling role, and to become a more compassionate person.

Josephine Wong

I am a healthcare worker by profession and often needed to advise patients on healthy lifestyles without motivational skills. To rectify that, I decided to further my studies in counselling through supervised practice. When I searched through related programmes offered by different tertiary institutions, I found that the MAGC at PolyU was one of the very few that offered on-site supervised training, and I had no difficulty in choosing it.

Without previous training in social work or psychology, I at first felt that the going was tough in some of the sociology, ethics and psychology modules. Yet after taking several modules and a practicum, I realised how these areas were interconnected and were preparing me to be a professional counsellor instead of a “worker” counsellor. I would not have come to this realisation but for guidance and mentoring from a most dedicated and enthusiastic team of lecturers and supervisors. Though I have not yet graduated, I feel proud to be educated through this programme at PolyU.

Christopher Lum

With a passion in counseling but without an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, this master degree course gave me both an idea and a direct feel of how counseling can help people in need.  The course is not just about theories but also practical skills which I find most interesting and useful. The practicum provided me with the platform to integrate classroom learning with real life practice.  Besides, there were opportunities for me to involve in a range of volunteer counselling work.

The more I learned and practiced, the more inadequate I realized I was, and the more I wanted to dig deeper into this counselling profession.  Through various reflections during the course, my own issues were also addressed.  At the same time, my interest in this profession has been reaffirmed.

Part-time school life was, however, not easy.  Amidst my busy schedule in my full time job, I needed to survive from readings, papers and seminars.  Thanks to the flexible learning path, I could progress at my own pace through to completion of the course. Yet, this would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of both the teaching staff and my fellow classmates.

HO Chi Hung



My experience with the programme has been positive. The programme fulfils the university’s vision and mission of preparing students for a vocation of their choice by offering training that is truly practical and applies theories of counselling to authentic situations. The programme provides students with an education for life-long moral learning; the university and the teachers are passionate about empowering students to learn to work and live ethically and responsibly. Most of the teaching staff are good teachers who put in time and effort to ensure they are not simply teaching, but that students are actually learning, being stimulated to think and encouraged to make further advancements. The administrative staff members are helpful and kind, and are often considerate of students’ practical needs. In many ways this programme has more than met my expectations, and I am truly grateful that I have been led to this people-oriented university.

Catherine Au

Additional Documents Required

Employer's Recommendation


Programme Leaflet


Transcript / Certificate

Copies of Transcripts and Graduation Certificates are required.


Applicant is required to submit, along with his/her application:

  1. A statement reflecting on his/her recent work experience; or
  2. A short piece of writing on a problem or issue that is of interest to him/her and on how he/she deals with the issue.

The above statement/write-up should be in English of not more than 1,000 words.

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