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Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes are accepted starting from 17 November 2015.

Master of Social Work

社會工作碩士


Year of Entry 2016
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
Application Deadline
30 Jan 2016 (Local)
15 Jan 2016 (Non-local)
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 Leung Lai Ching
MA (Warwick), PhD (Kent), RSW, CQSW
+852 3442 8966
General Enquiries
Admissions Tutor
Dr KAM Ping Kwong
+852 3442 8963
† 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.

Graduates of the MSW Programme are eligible to apply for the status of Registered Social Worker (RSW) granted by the Social Workers Registration Board in Hong Kong.


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 programme 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. The curriculum of the year 2 of Full-time 2 years mode and the year 2 and 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 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 A of their first year of study.

 

Programme Requirements

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  1. Programme Core Courses: (49 credits)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Remarks

SS5111

Social Welfare Policy System and Reform

3

English

SS5112

Social Welfare Management

3

English

SS5114*

Legal Issues for the Social Worker

3

English

SS5117*

Social Work as a Profession

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5209

Social Work Theories and Practice I: Working with Individuals and Families

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5210

Social Work Theories and Practice II: Working with Groups

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5211

Social Work Theories and Practice III: Community Work and Marco-level Social Work Practice

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5212

Human Behaviour and Diversity

3

English

SS5213

Social Work Research Methods

3

English

SS6219*

Practicum Related Workshop I

1

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS6220*

Practicum Related Workshop II

1

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS6221*

Practicum Related Workshop III

1

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS6291

Fieldwork I

8

English and other languages (Remark 2)

SS6292

Fieldwork II

8

English and other languages (Remark 2)

SS6293

Integrative Social Work Seminar

3

English

* new course

 

  1. Programme Electives: (credits)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Remarks

SS5110

Assessment and Interventions in Mental Health Counselling

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5115

Social Sciences Theories for Social Work

0

  •     English
  •     Core Elective for those who do not have social science background

SS5116

Empowerment-oriented Practice with Socially Disadvantaged Groups

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5208

Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5214*

Working with Families in Transition

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5426

Social Problems in Contemporary Societies

3

English

SS5802

Group Counselling and Therapy

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5803

Psychopathology

3

English

SS5805

Narrative-based Therapeutic Conversations: Theory and Practice

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5812

Negotiation and Mediation in Work

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5821

Counselling Children and Youth

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5824

Domestic Violence: Prevention and Treatment

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5832

Counselling Older Adults

3

English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua (Remark 1)

SS5835

Diversity and Inclusion in Workplace

3

English

* new course

 

Remark

  1.           English, supplemented by Cantonese / Putonghua in live demonstration, skills rehearsal, and role-play exercises as situation requires.
  2.           English and other languages appropriate to the practicum setting.