Master of Applied Psychology (Diverse Learning Needs)
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)
Dr Herrick Wong
DEd (CUHK), MPhil (HK PolyU), BSc (University of Alberta)
- 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
The specialism in the Master of Applied Psychology programme targets in-service teachers, teaching support personnel, social workers, and related health-care professionals who aspire to support individuals with diverse learning needs. It aims to develop expertise in providing evidence-based support to individuals with diverse learning needs in school and community settings. The programme has the following specific objectives:
- To equip participants with key 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.
- 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 adaptive assessments and interventions for individuals with diverse learning needs.
- To empower participants with the capacity to strategically incorporate multidisciplinary support in services for individuals with diverse learning needs.
- To equip participants with the necessary competencies and skills to conduct quality research and practice review to inform the development of interventional innovations.
- This specialism adopts a multidisciplinary approach that embraces close collaboration with professionals from psychology, education, social work and rehabilitation sciences.
- The professional development framework of the specialism facilitates participants to develop key competencies to examine prevailing and emerging issues in the field of diverse learning needs.
- The programme provides practice-based learning activities and attachments aiming to facilitate the development of competence in making evidence-based decisions in the processes to support individuals with diverse learning needs.
- The professional development framework of the specialism facilitates graduates to pursue a career in the field of diverse learning needs and further training to acquire other recognisable awards and qualifications.
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.