Master of Applied Psychology
Sept 2020 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$161,400 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$5,000 per credit; Foundational Competencies: HK$6,900 per credit)
For non-local students
HK$196,200 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$6,100 per credit; Foundational Competencies: HK$8,300 per credit)
Dr Lu Huijing
PhD (CUHK), MPhil (Peking University), BSc (Peking University)
- Interviews may be required.
- Applications are considered on rolling basis.
- Qualified candidates will be notified of their results via the eAdmission System. Once all vacancies are filled, the remaining qualified applicants will be put on a waiting list. Early applications are strongly encouraged.
Aims & Characteristics
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 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's 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 three major study areas.
- Foundational Competencies (includes practicum)
Psychological assessment, research and evaluation competencies: Advanced Psychological Assessment (APA)
- Psychometric Theory & Scale Construction
- Advanced Research Methods: Mixed Methods in Research
- Use & Dissemination of Psychological Instrumentation in Research & Service Context
- Psycho-socio-educational Programme Development & Evaluation
Psychological intervention competencies: Advanced Practice Methods (APM)
- 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
- Cognitive Neuroscience Methods in Applied Settings
- Psychology of Exceptional Children
- 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.
Interviews may be required.