Master of Applied Psychology

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 54057

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

FT (Full-time)
PT (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

For local students
HK$127,500 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$3,950 per credit; Foundational Competencies: HK$5,450 per credit)

For non-local students
HK$147,420 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$4,780 per credit; Foundational Competencies: HK$5,450 per credit)

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Allen Dorcas
PhD, MPs, BSc

  • Interviews may be required.
  • Offers will be made on a rolling basis starting from the beginning of March 2017. Qualified candidates will be notified of their result via the eAdmission system.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This is a one-year Master's level programme for graduates with a psychology major who are looking for systematic training in the latest advances in assessment and practice methods applicable in various professional psychology settings.


The programme aims to provide a well-balanced foundation in functional competencies in assessment, intervention, research and evaluation. Over 1 or 2 years, a solid identity as an applied psychologist with professional skills and knowledge will be built up.



The teaching faculty members from the Department of Applied Social Sciences have enjoyed a long history of being both active in leadership roles in the Hong Kong Psychological Society and as recipients of a number of successive multi-year and territory-wide research and consultancy programmes of policy priority in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. This background has made it possible for the development of a unique curriculum to include direct and innovative instructional strategies, and in some cases first-hand exposure to experimentation in large-scale successfully implemented programmes in education, health and social care.

Recognition & Prospects

In principle, the requirements for becoming a Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong are: (1) be a member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) for which a Bachelor degree in psychology is a prerequisite, (2) possess a Master's degree in psychology, and (3) have a minimum of one year post-Master relevant work experience. It should be noted that this programme only helps in meeting the second requirement.


On successful completion of the programme, students with an undergraduate major in psychology may consider applying for registration upon gaining one-year of post-master's work in psychology. The final decision on registration is maintained by the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS). All psychologists on the register must observe the Code of Professional Conduct maintained by the HKPS.


The programme is composed of Foundational Competencies and Functional Competencies. Core and Elective Subjects are grouped under two major study areas.


Foundational Competencies

Core Subject

  • Foundational Competencies (includes practicum)


Functional Competencies

Psychological assessment, research and evaluation competencies: Advanced Psychological Assessment (APA)

Core Subjects

  • Psychometric Theory & Scale Construction
  • Advanced Research Methods: Mixed Methods in Research

Elective Subjects

  • Use & Dissemination of Psychological Instrumentation in Research & Service Context
  • Psycho-socio-educational Programme Development & Evaluation


Psychological intervention competencies: Advanced Practice Methods (APM)

Elective Subjects

  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Expressive Psychotherapy
  • Nurturing the Gifted & Talented: Instructional Models & Professional Practices
  • Parenting & Parent Development
  • Managing Practice in Organisations & Systems
  • Career Counselling: Theories & Practice
  • Workplace Counselling
  • Attentional Control & Social Adaptation


Knowledge and enterprising competencies

Core Subject

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Methods in Applied Settings

Elective Subject

  • Applied Developmental Science
  • Psychology of Exceptional Children

Entrance Requirements

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology.

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

Interviews may be required.


For enquiries about this programme, please contact:
Miss Helen Chow (tel: (852) 2766 4314);
or Ms Florence Liu (email:

Student Message

I benefited from the MAP programme because it paved the way for me to become a professional, and widened the scope of my learning in psychology.

The programme provided a wide range of topics that allowed me to learn in both my favourite and my most challenging areas. This offered me a chance to better understand my strengths and weaknesses, thus allowing me to acquire good generic skills. During my studies, I treasured the thought-provoking discussions I had with lecturers and students both in and out of the classroom. We were inspired and motivated to explore through the enquiry-based learning approach, with the help of the enthusiastic people around us.

The practicum opportunity allowed me to apply the theories I learned in the classroom in practice. Through direct contact with experts, I gained a great deal of valuable hands-on experience.

I acquired much advanced knowledge from this one-of-a-kind programme. The all-round structure provided me with room to explore my research interests so that I could gain a clearer idea of my next move.

Chan In Ki, Ida

My year in the MAP programme was a wonderful experience. A variety of courses, ranging from the more practical (learning difficulties, parenting, cognitive-behavioural therapy, etc.) to the more academic (psychometrics, neuroscience etc.), allowed me to explore different areas of psychology and discover my individual interests. The coursework may sometimes have been challenging, but it was never boring: assessing children with specific learning difficulties, interviewing music therapists and analysing real data with SPSS helped me to apply my classroom knowledge to real-life settings.

The practicum offered opportunities to observe how psychologists and other professionals influence society. I helped with many mentorship training workshops, conducted focus groups in Macau and collected survey data in primary schools. The practicum was a fun experience that allowed me to learn the different roles of mental health professionals in different settings.

My year in the MAP programme would not have been so memorable without a group of wonderful classmates and supportive teachers. Our friendships, together with the knowledge gained during the year, will last beyond MAP and continue to shape us as we grow.

Chan Ka Lai, Eudora

There is a continual argument among epistemologists over whether theoretical knowledge should be clearly distinguished from practical knowledge. From a scientific research point of view, perhaps the best way to acquire knowledge is to maintain a balance between understanding and acting. This is what you will experience in the MAP.

There are many challenges in the MAP course, and I was particularly impressed by the pedagogical approaches used by the teachers. No simple and direct answers were given, but we were encouraged to explore and identify the solutions by ourselves through systematic review and practice using guided and structured materials. All of the teachers were experts in different psychological professional settings, so they are able to disseminate the most up-to-date and contemporary developments in the corresponding theories and practices. MAP is an excellent environment in which to understand how psychological principles can be applied to real-life scenarios, to acquire foundational competencies in the professional areas, implement evidence-based scientific approaches in projects and examine how new opportunities in different dimensions can be identified.

I very much enjoyed my study and learning experiences in the MAP, and they will certainly help me to pursue my goals in the psychological profession. 

Fung Yat Lui

I began my psychology education as a mature-age student, finishing my 4th year just before moving to Hong Kong in 2012.

For me, the MAP programme was both an educational and a cultural experience, offering a diverse range of subjects and the opportunity to attend university in Hong Kong.

Psychology has relevance to all of our lives, but pursuing a career and professional registration requires commitment and a love of learning.

All of the subjects in the MAP emphasised the application of knowledge and skills to identify developmental disorders, behavioural problems and learning difficulties, and the design and evaluation of research, with both group and individual work on treatment programmes, interventions and therapeutic modes.

Completing the programme in two semesters was very challenging. In that time I also made new friends, collaborated with classmates who may become colleagues in the future, undertook a practicum with a small group of intellectually gifted children and learned a great deal about the societal issues and psychological landscape of Hong Kong.

My professional goal is to become registered as a general psychologist and I believe the MAP programme was a valuable part of this journey.

Sexton Jane Elizabeth

The MAP programme not only expanded my knowledge in the area of applied psychology but also guided me on a long journey inward. While undergraduate psychology taught us basic knowledge such as how to identify the “abnormal” from the “normal”, MAP went beyond this 2-dimensional perspective to show us that the human mind is a dynamic existence in a multidimensional world, particularly in relation to special learning needs. Working with experts in the practicum urged me to start considering how the usefulness of an assessment outcome or diagnosis can be maximised to aid intervention.

I am also grateful that the programme, with emphases on both professional writing and self-reflection, equipped us to be analytical and introspective psychologists. The opportunity to self-discover and re-gain self-compassion helped me to move on despite obstacles. Overall, the carefully designed courses in the programme created a coherent picture that inspired me. The knowledge I acquired led to more questions and uncertainties, but I made one thing certain – that I was ready to begin my journey towards a professional career.

Sin Pak Kiu

I had a very fruitful year in the MAP programme. What I gained was definitely beyond my initial expectations. The courses provided broad and in-depth knowledge about various psychology practice areas, helping me explore directions and think in new ways. The practicum component extended and turned textbook knowledge about special education needs that might otherwise have been difficult to fully understand into real hands-on experiences. All of these led to deep introspection, which was as important in getting me ready to explore more about supporting others as gaining knowledge and polishing skills.

During the year I also had the opportunity to work as a research assistant in a large-scale research project focusing on age-friendly living environments, enjoyed classes offered by the PolyU’s Music Society, tasted food and coffee around campus, shared dreams and had lots of fun with my classmates.

MAP helped me confirm my future direction, opened doors and prepared me for further training in counseling psychology. I could not be more grateful as these would not have been possible without the incredible effort and extra time teachers were willing to put in to help us achieve our goals, and the friendship, companionship and support of my classmates.

Fung Lydia Paak Hei

In just a year spent in the MAP programme I gained a wealth of knowledge and a diversity of skills. As an overseas graduate, the programme also served the purpose of bridging me with the local community and the field of psychology in Hong Kong.

In a friendly and supportive environment created by the teaching staff, clerical staff and fellow classmates, I found myself gaining more than I expected. Although we were all from different backgrounds and did not necessarily share the same goals, we students learnt from each other, bonded together and built up our networks.  We were no longer striving for success alone, and instead gained companions with which to explore the world of psychology.

Yam Tsun Wai

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