Master of Applied Psychology (Diverse Learning Needs)
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 54057
Duration & Credit Requirement
1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)
3 for local students
6 for non-local students
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)
Dr Allen Dorcas
BSc, MPs, PhD
Mr Herrick Wong
BSc, MPhil, EdD Candidate
Programme Professional Consultant
Dr Lai Cheng Cheng-Gea, Alice
BA, MA, PhD, C.Psychol.
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
The specialism in the Master of Applied Psychology programme targets in-service teachers, teaching support personnel, social workers, and related health-care professionals who work with individuals with diverse learning needs in their work settings. It aims to develop graduates with expertise in providing adaptive and effective support to individuals with diverse learning needs across community settings. The programme has the following specific objectives.
- To equip participants with the competencies to develop and implement evidence-based practices, as supported by psychological theories and principles, to address the multitude needs of individuals with diverse learning needs in educational, social services and clinical settings.
- To equip participants with the situated and multi-faceted knowledge of working with individuals with diverse learnings needs and their family members.
- To equip participants with the knowledge and skills to design and deliver context-specific assessments and interventions for individuals with diverse learning needs.
- To empower participants with the capacity to deliver multidisciplinary support services and strategically activate collective efforts from different stakeholders in the processes.
- To equip participants with the ability to conduct quality research and critically review practice to inform the design of new interventional innovations.
- This specialism adopts a multidisciplinary approach that embraces close collaboration amongst professionals from psychology, social work, rehabilitation sciences, optometry and other health-care disciplines.
- Its content is closely connected with the Education Bureau's (EDB's) existing framework of professional development on this area, providing participants with a ladder to acquire a recognisable award and qualification in this area of expertise.
- The specialism empowers its participants, mostly in-service educational practitioners, social workers and health-care professionals, to work complementarily with psychologists in providing comprehensive support to individuals with diverse learning needs.
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’s degree in Psychology is a prerequisite, (2) possess a Master’s degree in Psychology, and (3) have a minimum of one year of post-Master’s 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.
MAP Common Core Subjects (9 credits)
- Foundational Competencies
- Advanced Research Methods: Mixed Methods in Research
DLN Specialism Core Subjects (15 credits)
- Nurturing the Gifted & Talented: Instructional Models & Professional Practices
- Psychology of Exceptional Children
- Advanced Practices in Learning Disorders & Language Minority
- Attentional Control & Social Adaptation
- Assessment & Instructional Strategies for Children & Youth with Specific Learning Disabilities
Elective Subjects (Any 2 subjects, 6 credits)
- Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
- Career Counselling: Theories & Practice
- Psychometric Theory & Scale Construction
- Psycho-socio-educational Program Development & Evaluation
- Parenting & Parent Development
- Cognitive Neuroscience Method in Applied Settings
- Workplace Counselling
- Prospective students are expected to have a recognised Bachelor's degree in Psychology or related disciplines, and with substantial prior knowledge and work experience in educational settings.
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.
Interviews may be required.
No information is available at present.