Master of Social Work (MSW) for cohort 2013 and cohort 2014

Mode of study Combined Mode


Programme code P71
Minimum no. of credits required Master's Degree -- 49
Normal duration of programme Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 2.5 years or 3 years
Programme leader Dr. Leung Lai Ching
General Inquiry Tel:3442-8991
Indicative intake target -
Mode of Funding Non-government funded
Tuition fee HK$2,670 per credit for local students
HK$4,030 per credit for non-local students
(subject to yearly review)


Programme Aims and Objectives

The MSW programme is a self-funded 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.

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to

  • Use appropriate knowledge, theories and demonstrate skills in social work in order to become competent and professional in their practice;
  • Reflect on their own practice so that they can intellectually construct, articulate and evaluate their own philosophy and practice in reference to social work values and ethics;
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate theory in practice in an innovative way, discover and examine culturally relevant social work practice;
  • Evaluate professional activities and service programs, changing social needs and advocacy for appropriate welfare reforms and service delivery.

Programme Features

  •  2 years for the full-time MSW degree, with 1 block fieldwork placement in Year 1 Summer term, and 1 concurrent fieldwork placement in Year 2 Semester A & B. (maximum study period: 5 years); 
  • 2.5 years for the part-time MSW degree to those students with 1 concurrent fieldwork placement in Year 2 Semester A & B, and 1 block fieldwork placement in Year 3 Semester A (maximum study period: 6 years); 
  • 3 years for the part-time MSW degree to students taking two concurrent fieldwork placements in Year 2 and 3 Semester A & B respectively (maximum study period: 7.5 years);
  • Block fieldwork placement is conducted in 10 weeks with 5 days per week. Concurrent fieldwork placement is conducted in 25 weeks with 2 days or 4 sessions per week;
  • The MSW programme consists of 11 core courses amounting to 43 credits plus another 2 electives carrying 6 credits, making a total of 49 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 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.

MSW (Master of Social Work Programme Content) (49 credits)

Core Courses (43 credits)

  • SS5111 Social Welfare Policy System and Reforms in Hong Kong
  • SS5112 Management and Marketing in Social Welfare Services
  • SS5115 Social Sciences Theories for Social Work*
  • SS5209 Social Work Theories & Practice I: Working with Individuals and Families
  • SS5210 Social Work Theories & Practice II: Working with Groups
  • SS5211 Social Work Theories & Practice III: Community Work and Marco-level Social Work Practice
  • SS5212 Human Behaviour and Diversity
  • SS5213 Social Work Research Methods
  • SS6217 Practicum Related Workshops I and II
  • SS6218 Practicum Related Workshop III and IV
  • SS6291 Fieldwork I
  • SS6292 Fieldwork II
  • SS6293 Integrative Social Work Seminar
  • LW5963 Legal Knowledge and Perspectives for Social Workers

       * Core Elective for those who do not have social science background

Programme Electives: (6 credits) take 2 of 12 electives

  • SS5110 Assessment and Interventions in Mental Health Counseling
  • SS5116 Empowerment-oriented Practice with Socially Disadvantaged Groups
  • SS5208 Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions
  • SS5246 Social Problems in Contemporary Socities
  • SS5802 Group Counselling and Therapy
  • SS5803 Psychopathology
  • SS5812 Negotiation and Mediation in Work
  • SS5821 Counselling Children and Youth
  • SS5822 Family-based Service and Family Practice
  • SS5824 Domestic Violence: Prevention and Treatment
  • SS5832 Conselling Older Adults
  • SS5835 Diversity and Inclusion in Workshop

Credit Exemptions

Credit exemption is possible when such applications meet with the University's rules and regulations. Please contact us for more information.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the programme, an applicant must:

  • hold a recognized bachelor's degree from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  • hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by 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 of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band score of 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