3 years (Full-time) with summer terms
4 years (Part-time) with summer terms
HK$6,900 per credit
Dr Ku Hok-bun
PhD, MPhil, BA
The programme aims to provide first-rate education for social workers, welfare administrators and social work educators with substantial professional experience and a commitment to pursuing and integrating a higher level of research, practice and education to advance the framework of knowledge and practice and further social betterment.
The programme is specifically designed to cater to the needs of those who seek to develop and advance their academic, professional and reflective capacity and capability as practitioner-researcher-educators in a rapidly changing social setting.
The programme also offers a platform for local-global dialogue on critical social work practices, helping those enrolled to develop mastery of conceptual, methodological, analytical and practice skills with an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.
The programme is to inspire students to uphold a reflexive perspective that emphasises critical reflections on current local and international wisdom and professional practices in social work.
Practice Research and Practice Education
Integration of Theory and Practice
Dialogue between International Perspective and Local Setting
Individual Concerns and Social Consideration
To be eligible for the DSW award, students are required to complete 24 credits of coursework and a DSW thesis that counts for 24 credits.
Students can choose to graduate with the award of MASW (Research Studies) after completing 24 credits of coursework and passing a thesis proposal defence (6 credits).
Core Areas of Study
Core Subjects (15 credits)
Students are required to take all of the following subjects:
Elective Subjects (9 credits)
Students have to take three subjects, including a guided study subject (3 credits), and select two elective subjects either at level 6 in one of the following three areas OR choose no more than two elective subjects at Master's degree level within the Department.
I. Direct Service Practice (Family Practice & Mental Health)
II. Policy & Administration Practice (Social Policy & Social Service Administration)
III. Social Work Education
Doctoral Thesis and Research Seminar (24 credits)
* Subject to approval
The subjects offered may be altered at the discretion of the Department.
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.
Transcript / Certificate
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