Master of Arts in Guidance and Counselling
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 54047
Duration & Credit Requirement
1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)
3 for local students
6 for non-local students
HK$3,950 per credit for local students
HK$4,780 per credit for non-local students
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
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.
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 www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.
- 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.
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.
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
Copies of Transcripts and Graduation Certificates are required.
Applicant is required to submit, along with his/her application:
The above statement/write-up should be in English of not more than 1,000 words.
No information is available at present.