Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: 54439-SYW

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

67-71 credits
The credits required for graduation vary according to each student's AD/HD results and subjects taken.

Programme Intake
12 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Timothy Sim
BA, MSc, PhD

  • This programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.
  • Credit transfer may be granted to applicants whose previous study are relevant to the programme.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

We prepare students to develop a solid foundation and discipline-specific knowledge in social sciences and social work, a repertoire of professional competence and skills, a firm commitment to social justice, ethical and social responsibilities and a humanitarian orientation. Our graduates are competent in flexibly and creatively using information, knowledge, theories and resources.



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 action. Theory is integrated with practice. We recognise the need to develop not just theoretical abilities and skills, but also the ability to feel, empathise and appreciate.

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


Students are admitted to the senior year of the 4-year degree programme. They must complete all or some of the following subjects depending on their entry qualifications to fulfil the credit requirement for graduation.

General University Requirement*

  • 2 Cluster-Area Requirement subjects [minimum 3 credits of which in subjects designated as China-related “CSR”; plus “R” and “W” requirements in English and Chinese.]
  • Service Learning

*Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the undergraduate degree LCR based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.

Professional Core

  • Integrative Seminar
  • Social Work Practice in Mental Health
  • Social Work Theory & Practice I & II

Social Science Core

  • Legal Aspects of Human Services
  • Management in Human Services
  • Philosophy of Welfare
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Social Policy
  • Social Research Methods
  • Social Structure & Social Theory
  • The Art of Reasoning

Social Work Integrative Electives

  • Aging and Social Work
  • Criminal Justice and Social Work
  • Employment and Social Work
  • Family and Social Work
  • Gender and Social Work
  • Illness, Disability and Social Work
  • Social Work with Drug Abusers
  • Youth and Social Work

Social Science Electives

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Contemporary Chinese Society
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Political Economy of Hong Kong
  • Programme Planning and Evaluation
  • Self, Culture and Society
  • Social Psychology

Discipline - Specific Language Requirement

  • Chinese Communication for Social Sciences
  • Professional English for Social Sciences

Capstone Project

Capstone Project 

Fieldwork Training (6-15 clinical/field credits)

To graduate and meet the registration requirements of the Social Workers Registration Board, each student must complete one to two fieldwork training periods equivalent to 400-800 hours in local or non-local welfare agencies depending on their entry qualifications. The Department offers placement opportunities both in the Chinese mainland and overseas.

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

With this qualification, they are employable as Assistant Social Work Officers or the equivalent, and can be promoted to Social Work Officers, Senior Social Work Officers and Chief Social Work Officers.

They are also qualified for a variety of human service posts in other fields of the social services or in private organisations.

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree in a relevant discipline, or a Higher Diploma in Social Work from PolyU or another recognised post-secondary institution.


Other Information

Applicants may be shortlisted for a group discussion to evaluate their suitability for the programme and the profession.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5867; email:

Student Message

It is my great honor to be selected as the Outstanding Student of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences in 2018. My journey in PolyU has fundamentally transformed me. It goes without saying that this award is a testament to my years of breakthrough and growth. It has encouraged me to continue to strive for the best! I would like to extend my immense gratitude to my family for their everlasting love, to my friends for their support, to my schoolmates for their company, to my teachers for their guidance and to PolyU for its nurturing environment.

I value tertiary education and strongly believe in life-long learning. I have engaged in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and study tours during my time in PolyU, through which I have cultivated my appreciation of diverse culture, developed my potential to express myself and serve others and enjoyed a fruitful university life. To me, tertiary education is not only about qualification and grades, but it also provides an opportunity to cultivate a global perspective and a positive attitude towards life. Through life-long learning, I will be able to improve my knowledge, skills and competence as a professional social worker.     

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere and profound gratitude to the people who have accompanied me through this wonderful yet challenging journey, and to those who have always stood by me and shown me the greatest support. The splendid memories I have of PolyU will stay with me forever!

Chan Ying Laam, Ada

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: Around March
Mode:Individual interview via Skype

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

Medium:Cantonese and English

About 10 minutes

  • Suitable applicants may be invited to interviews.
  • The mode of interview has been updated.
  • The above arrangements may change with due consideration of unforeseen circumstances.