Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: JS3662

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

119 (plus 15 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Timothy Sim
BA, MSc, PhD

  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.
  • This programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme aims to equip students with a solid foundation and discipline-specific knowledge in social sciences and social work, a repertoire of professional competencies and skills, a firm commitment to securing social justice, a sense of ethical and social responsibility and a humanitarian orientation. Our graduates are competent in flexibly and creatively using information, knowledge, theories and resources.


Programme Characteristics

A strong social science foundation strengthens students' analytical ability and familiarises them with the economic, social and cultural contexts of social problems and social work intervention. Theory is integrated with practice. The programme recognises the need to develop not just students’ theoretical knowledge and skills, but also their ability to feel, empathise and appreciate.


The Department offers placement opportunities both in the Chinese mainland and overseas.


  • Year 1 focuses on the theme of "becoming a social worker'" This year of study aims to impart the necessary professional attitudes, knowledge and competence to students. Besides the University’s Core Curriculum, students study common underpinning subjects to strengthen their knowledge of social science.
  • Years 2 and 3 focus on the theme of "becoming a social worker in context'" Students are equipped with a wide range of social science and discipline-specific knowledge. They are exposed to various social issues and problems from a multi-dimensional perspective. At the end of this process, they are able to articulate the core values of social work and committed to promoting ethical and responsible social work practices.
  • Year 4 focuses on the theme of "becoming a reflective social worker". This year of study helps students to integrate theoretical learning, practical applications and metatheoretical reflection on direct practice. By completing a Capstone Project, students are able to consolidate their undergraduate learning in preparation for becoming a professional.


Information on the programme can be found at

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).


Career Prospects

Graduates with this qualification are eligible for employment as Assistant Social Work Officers or the equivalent, and can be promoted to the position of Social Work Officer, Senior Social Work Officer or Chief Social Work Officer in Hong Kong.


They are also qualified to take up a variety of human service posts in other fields of the social services or in private organizations.

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


Other Information

Applicants need to have some knowledge of Cantonese for their clinical placements.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 2766 5867; email:

Student Message

PolyU is impressive not only for its spectacular and unique red brick appearance, but also for its insightful courses, knowledgeable and caring instructors, interactive and vivid learning environment, numerous overseas exchange opportunities and wide range of extracurricular activities. I particularly value the mentor-mentee relationships established during students' two placement experiences. Training social workers or human services practitioners requires a significant integration of theory and practice. Therefore, students must receive guidance from proficient and personable mentors. Whenever I experience doubts, my mentors are very supportive and motivating. In addition, I find the programme's small-class teaching and seminars invaluable. My classmates and I are able to discuss certain topics in detail with our instructors. This cultivates an effective learning environment by providing sufficient time for everyone to speak up. All in all, I highly recommend studying Social Work at PolyU.

HU Chung Yan, Shirley

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a self-recommendation report in English of not more than 3,000 words with their application. Download

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: Around March
Mode:Telephone interview (Skype)

To evaluate applicants potential for and interest in the programme and the profession, and to test their language competence and skills in interpersonal communication.

Medium:English and Cantonese

20 minutes

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