Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes are accepted starting from 15 November 2017.

MSocSc Psychology

社會科學碩士(心理學)


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P76
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday evenings
Indicative Intake Target 80
Minimum No. of Credits Required 33
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year; Part-time/Combined mode: 2 years
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
30 Jun 2018 (Local)
31 May 2018 (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 YE Shengquan, Sam
BSc (ECNU), MPhil (ECNU), PhD (HKU)
+852 3442 8114
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8991
† 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.



Programme Aims and Objectives

This program aims to provide students with the required knowledge, skills, exposure, and insights for (1) analyzing human behaviors from a psychological perspective, (2) developing research expertise in applying psychology to relevant settings, and (3) pursuing advanced professional training and a career in psychology and closely related areas. The program is an advanced and intensive conversion degree scheme that combines the award of a Master 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:

  • critically evaluate major principles/theories in core areas of psychology;
  • apply major psychological theories/principles to analyze analyze human behaviors in real life situations;
  • critically evaluate research evidence published in psychological journals;
  • design and carry out psychological research independently; and
  • appreciate the close connection between psychology and everyday experiences.

 

Programme Features

  • Designed primarily to provide degree-holders having no undergraduate training in psychology to pursue further study and a career in psychology.
  • Focus on the cultivation of a distinctive blend of knowledge and skills relevant to advanced training and different careers in psychology.
  • Multiple concentrations catering for different interests and career aspirations.
  • Classes meet primarily on weekday evenings.
  • Credit Transfer could be granted for equivalent level of study.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and:

  • have 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 an equivalent qualification, or
  • have evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose by the University, AND
  • provide documentary evidence that they have completed a course of introductory psychology offered by a recognized university or institution.

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:

  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-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.

Remarks: For applicants who are interested in choosing the Education stream, preference will be given to those who have had at least 2 years working experience in the educational setting.


Course Description

Path of Study: Students may obtain the MSocSc degree either by completing Path A/Path B for Applied Psychology Stream, or Path C for Education Stream

  • Path A (without dissertation) – 6 common core courses + 4 elective courses
  • Path B (with dissertation) – 6 common core courses + 2 elective courses + the dissertation project
  • Path C – 6 common core courses + 4 core courses

Programme Structure and Courses
 

1.     Common Core Courses (21 credit units)

Students are required to take 4 courses from Group A, 1 course from Group B and 1 course from Research Method Group to fulfil the requirement for accreditation by British Psychological Society

 

Course code

Course Title

Credit Units

Remark

Group A

SS5752

Life Span Development 

3

 

SS5753

Advanced Social Psychology

3

 

SS5756

Biological Basis of Behaviour

3

 

SS5757

Personality Theories and Assessment

3

 

Group B

SS5750

Perception and Cognition

3

Either 1 out of the 2 courses

SS5751

Learning and Behaviour

3

Research Method Group

SS5780

Research Design and Analysis in Psychology

6

 

 

2.     Courses for Respective Path (12 credit units)

 

Path A - Applied Psychology Stream without dissertation

Students are required to take 4 electives from below list.

Course code

Course Title

Credit Units

Remark

SS5755

Applying Psychology to Contemporary Issues

3

Either 4 out of the 5 courses

SS5791

Advanced Health Psychology

3

SS5794

Psychological Testing

3

SS5797

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

3

SS5803

Psychopathology

3


Path B - Applied Psychology Stream with dissertation

Course code

Course Title

Credit Units

Remark

SS5755

Applying Psychology to Contemporary Issues

3

Either 2 out of the 5 courses

SS5791

Advanced Health Psychology

3

SS5794

Psychological Testing

3

SS5797

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

3

SS5803

Psychopathology

3

SS5798

Dissertation

6

 

 

Path C - Education Stream

Course code

Course Title

Credit Units

Remark

SS5758

Educational Psychology

3

 

SS5759

Educational Assessment and Evaluation

3

 

SS5755

Applying Psychology to Contemporary Issues

3

Either 1 out of the 2 courses

SS5763

Special Topics in Psychology of Education

3

SS5803

Psychopathology

3

 


Professional Accreditation

This program is recognized by the Hong Kong Psychological Society and the British Psychological Society. Graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership of these two professional bodies. However, membership is granted on the basis of individual merits but not automatically upon application.

Career

The master award allows graduates to pursuit further study in psychology via the enrolment in research-based programs (e.g. MPhil or PhD) or professional training (e.g. clinical, educational, occupational, or counseling psychology). A number of graduates of the predecessors of this program have already become either researchers (e.g. college professors) or registered psychologists in clinical, education, occupational or counselling psychology.

Upon graduation, students who are qualified teachers and with a concentration in the Education stream are expected to be competent in teaching in inclusive settings.


Remarks

Establishment of articulation with master programs in psychology offered by Goldsmiths College is underway. It is expected that automatic progression to master programs offered by Goldsmiths will become possible for eligible graduates.