Master of Social Work
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 54047
Duration & Credit Requirement
36 (including 8 clinical/field credits)
3 for local students
6 for non-local students
For local students
HK$174,680 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$3,950 per credit; Fieldwork: HK$8,010 per credit)
For non-local students
HK$211,280 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$4,780 per credit; Fieldwork: HK$9,680 per credit)
Dr Chan Chitat
PhD, MPhil, BSW, RSW
- This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.
- This programme (from the 2017 intake onward) is currently under the Social Workers Registration Board's regular qualification recognition review.
- Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in one of these two time periods: i) 9-10 & 13-14 February 2017, or ii) 20-21 & 24 April 2017. 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. Applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.
Aims & Characteristics
The aims of the MSW programme are to nurture students to become generic and reflective practitioners in social work, with a strong commitment to social work values and to pursuing "scholarship in practice". Facing today's unpredictable and changing society, our students are expected to go beyond the existing paradigms and skills, and to develop innovative ideas and practical methods in order to assist their clients in negotiating and overcoming adversities in their daily lives.
This programme is designed for Bachelor’s degree holders who would like to pursue a social work qualification on a part-time basis.
In this programme, students integrate theory and practice and generate new theoretical and practical insights to improve professional practice. The programme endeavours to nurture students with the following capacities and qualities:
- Contextual reflection: the ability to recognise the unique features of the social, cultural, and political contexts of human service practice and their implications for both theory and practice.
Relate theory to practice: the ability not just to possess "espoused theories", but systematically to test and reflect on these theories and to develop them into personalised "theories-in-use" in a specific practice domain.
Recognising the complexity and inter-connectedness of problems and issues: the ability to relate 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 to appreciate the ethical and value considerations underlying professional practice.
- Evolving personalised styles and frameworks of practice: the ability to continually reflect on and integrate one’s professional self, personal values and life experiences, and hence be able to transform practice theories into new ideas and methods which are congruent with one’s personal style of practice and within the evolving practice context.
- Individualised learning path
- Interactive teaching and learning methods
- Interdisciplinary exposure
- Investigation of social problems from professional perspectives
- Indigenous knowledge and skills in professional practice
Recognition & Prospects
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Social Workers (RSW) in Hong Kong.
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
- 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
- Advanced Macro Social Work Intervention
- Brief Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
- Contemporary Family Issues & Problems in Marriage & Family Therapy
- Family Violence
- Integrative Project
- Managing Information in Social Service Organisations
- Marriage, Separation, Divorced & Reconstituted Families
- Mental Health Practice
- Mental Health & the Aged
- Narrative Therapy
- Organisation Theories & Analysis
- Pathological Gambling
- Social Context & Ethics
- Social Service Programme Evaluation
- Supervision & Professional Development
- Theories & Models of Counselling
- Theory & Practice of Social Development
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.
- 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.
Additional Documents Required
1-2 page (CV or Personal Statement)
Transcript / Certificate
Copies of Transcripts and Graduation Certificates are required
No information is available at present.