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Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2015 entry are now closed. Applications for 2016 entry will start in mid-November 2015 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2015 entry listed below is for reference only.

Master of Social Work


Year of Entry 2015
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P71
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons, plus Intensive-mode teaching in Summer
Indicative Intake Target 60
Minimum No. of Credits Required Master's Degree: 55*
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 2 years (including 1 Block and 1 Concurrent Fieldwork Placements);
Part-time:3-year mode (including 2 Concurrent Fieldwork Placements)
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 5 years;
Part-time: 3-year mode: 7.5 years
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Mode of processing Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Dr NGAN Man Hung Raymond
BSocSc (HK), MSc (Lond.), PhD (HK), RSW
+852 3442 8979
General Enquiries
Admissions Tutor
Dr KAM Ping Kwong
+852 3442 8963
Remarks: *In the 2014-15 Programme Revalidation Review Exercise, a proposal of increasing the programme required credits from 49 to 55 has been submitted to SWRB for consideration. Decision on number of credits required for the programme will be confirmed after the Quality Review Panel visit in January 2015.
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

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Programme Aims and Objectives

This is a self-financed programme with the aim to train professionals qualifying for recognized social work qualification (RSW)# at the master’s degree level. It aspires to train students becoming ethically-oriented social work practitioners being competent, reflective and good in professional practice.

#Subject to the Qualification Recognition Review in early 2015 by the Social Workers Registration Board.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must:

  • hold a recognized bachelor’s degree from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  • hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above; and
  • pass an admission interview.

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:

  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

Course Description

Curriculum Design

  • The MSW programme consists of 15 core courses amounting to 49 credits plus another 2 electives carrying 6 credits, making a total of 55 credit-units in the programme.
  • 900 fieldwork training hours (800 hours direct fieldwork placements plus 100 hours placement preparation or related activities);
  • Strengthening of the training in social work values and ethics, theories and practice to three courses emphasizing working with individuals and families, groups, community work and marco-level social work practice;
  • Addition of human behavior and social environment course subject areas, and social sciences theories for social work to those students without a social sciences training background;
  • Legal knowledge and perspectives for social workers;
  • Enhancing mental health training, practice-related electives and advocacy for social work students.
  • Integrative Social Work Seminar to train students becoming competent, reflective and good in professional practice.

The curriculum of the year 1 of Full-time 2 years mode and the year 2 and year 3 of Part-time 3 years mode aspires to train students with ethical principles and foundations of social work practice, social work values and professional ethics, theories and practice skills in working with individual and families, groups and community, social welfare policies, social welfare management, legal issues for the social worker and social work research methods. For those students who are without a social sciences training background, they are required to study the course SS5115 Social Sciences Theories for Social Work. The curriculum of the year 2 of Full-time 2 years mode and the year 3 of Part-time 3 years mode strives to equip students to have the required professional supervised fieldwork training hours and the 100-hour Practicum-related learning workshops, plus the study of management and marketing in social welfare services, and legal knowledge for social workers, Integrative Social Work Seminar and elective courses in practice-related social work practice settings: Assessment and Interventions in Mental Health Counselling, Empowerment-oriented practice with Socially Disadvantaged Groups, Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions, Group Counselling and Therapy, Psychopathology, Negotiation and Mediation in Work, Counselling Children and Youth, Working with Families in Transition, Domestic Violence: Prevention and Treatment, Counselling Older Adults.

Student who (1) are non-social sciences graduates, or (2) have taken either psychology or sociology but not the other, are required to complete non-credit bearing Pre-semester Workshops SS5115 Social Sciences Theories for Social Work. These workshops are to be run in an intensive mode on Saturday within first five weeks of the semester.