Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.
|Year of Entry||2017|
|Mode of Funding||Non-government-funded|
|Intermediate Award||Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology|
|Mode of Programme||Combined †|
|Class Schedule||Weekday evenings|
|Indicative Intake Target||70 (MSSAPSY)|
|Minimum No. of Credits Required||Master's Degree: 38; Postgraduate Certificate: 27|
|Normal Duration of Programme||Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years|
|Maximum Study Period||Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years|
Dr YE Shengquan, Sam
BSc (ECNU), MPhil (ECNU), PhD (HKU)
+852 3442 8114
The Master of Social Sciences in Applied Psychology (MSSAPSY) aims at providing students with the required knowledge, skills, exposure, and insights to (1) analyze human behaviors from a psychological perspective, (2) develop research expertise in a specific area in psychology, and (3) pursue advanced professional training and a career in psychology. The program is an advanced and intensive conversion degree scheme that combines the award of a Master’s degree with eligibility for graduate membership with the Hong Kong Psychological Society and the British Psychological Society.
Upon successful completion of this Program, students should be able to:
To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and:
An introductory course in psychology is considered to be a course which is taught at the undergraduate level and (1) provides an overview of major topics in psychology such as biopsychology, perception, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality and social psychology, and (2) lasts at least for one semester.
Applicants who have not taken a similar course before will be required to obtain a satisfactory grade from a make-up course before they can be considered for admission. For more details about the make-up course (SS1101 Basic Psychology), please read the Enrollment information. Applicants who plan to apply for admission to a particular academic year must enroll in the make-up course in the second semester of the preceding academic year or earlier. Application for enrolment in the make-up course usually starts at the end of the first semester of the preceding academic year.
Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
The program falls into three main components --- theoretical basis of psychology (7 courses), research (3 courses), and specialist topics (1 course). These courses provide the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to enable students to read critically in the research literature and to carry out basic and applied research in psychology. They cover design of psychological research, methods of analysis, as well as an advanced topic in research. The course 'Psychology Research Paper' provides a culminating focus on theory and research in psychology at an intermediate level of scholarship.
*The offer of an elective is determined by a number of factors such as enrolment and manpower. The department has the ultimate authority to decide whether an elective course is offered or not in any academic year.
|SS5750||Perception and Cognition c||P5||3|
|SS5751||Learning and Behaviour c||P5||3|
|SS5752||Life Span Development c||P5||3|
|SS5753||Advanced Social Psychology c||P5||3|
|SS5755||Applying Psychology to Contemporary Issues c||P5||3|
|SS5756||Biological Basis of Behaviour c||P5||3|
|SS5757||Personality Theories and Assessment c||P5||3|
|SS5780||Research Design and Analysis in Psychology c||P5||6|
|SS5790||Psychology Research Paper||P5||5|
|SS5791||Advanced Health Psychology||P5||3|
|SS5797||Advanced Research Methods in Psychology||P5||3|
|SS5814||Vocational Counselling and Assessment||P5||3|