Master of Arts in Guidance and Counselling
Sept 2020 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$5,000 per credit for local students
HK$6,100 per credit for non-local students
Dr Allen Dorcas
PhD, MPs, BSc
- 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 start from November 2019. Early applications are strongly encouraged.
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 having taken Practice Option will fulfil 62.5 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 Practice 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
Practice Option (6 credits)
- Counselling Practicum
Research Option (6 credits)
- Practice Research
- Integrative Project
Elective Subjects (any 3 subjects - 9 credits)
- Brief Therapy
- Career Counselling: Theories & Practice
- Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
- Counselling Assessment & Measurement
- Delinquency & Family
- Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural & Systemic Approaches
- Expressive Psychotherapy
- Guidance & Counselling for Students with Special Needs
- Narrative Therapy
- Psychopathology: Holistic & Humanistics Orientations
- Practice Research
- Workplace Counselling
- Mindfulness in Counselling
- Violence in Intimate Relationships
The subjects offered may be altered at the discretion of the Department.
Please refer to the "Other Information" page for the details of the "Counselling Practicum".
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.
- A recognised Bachelor's degree or its 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 related 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.
- Is housed in the Professional Practice and Assessment Centre (the Centre) in our University and cases are recruited through the Counseling Net affiliated with the Centre;
- Provides intensive training on establishing professional helping relationship with clients through offering individual and case counseling;
- Provides learning opportunities to apply appropriate and effective intervention methods in working with individuals or families;
- Recruits a wide range of clientele including students and parents from primary and secondary schools, university students, couples and working adults;
- Provides “on-site, real-time” supervision during the 25-week practicum from our full-time teaching staff, counseling psychologists, clinical psychologists and experienced counselors from different professional sectors.
The Research Option requires students to take two subjects, Practice Research and Integrative Project, which provide them with the opportunity to undertake independent theoretical or empirical investigations on a self-selected topic related to guidance and counseling. This Option provides training in research methods, planning and implementing an investigation and academic writing. The research and literacy skills acquired strengthens the competence of students to pursue further research degrees.
This increases students’ competence in using appropriate research methods to analyse the processes and results of professional practice, to not only generate new knowledge for understanding the causes of human problems but also to improve professional practice.
Integrative Project is the signpost learning activity in the MAGC programme. Students conduct independent research/reviews on the topics they select in guidance and counseling that suit their learning objectives and interests. They can then implement their projects under the guidance of their supervisors, thus developing their experience in integrating the knowledge and skills acquired from various subjects in the programme, so they can then advance their scholarship in counseling practice.
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.