The Master of Social Science Programme in Social Work (MSSc) is a professional social work training programme. Students of this Programme are eligible to be Registered Social Worker (RSW) in Hong Kong upon graduation. For details, please visit here.
If you are already a Registered Social Worker and wish to learn from the emerging innovative practices in tackling local and global challenges and social issues, you may consider applying for the Master of Social Work Programme (MSW).
Qualification for Admission
- Academic Qualification
Applicants shall have:
- graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, normally with an honours not lower than Second Class; or
- graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
- completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.
Those who expect to obtain a Bachelor's degree in the current academic year may also apply for admission.
Applicants with degrees awarded by overseas universities by distance learning or by completing a self-financed undergraduate programme of short duration may be required to provide assessment report from the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) on the level of qualification obtained.
- English Language Proficiency
Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for details:
- Section: “English Language Requirements for Admission”
Target Group of Applicant
- Bachelor’s degree holders (in any disciplines) who wish to pursue a professional career in social work.
- Practicing professionals in either private or public sectors, who wish to develop a professional career in social work.
Study Mode and Study Length
- Normative Study Period
- Full-time: 2 years
- Part-time: 3 years
- Details on “Period of Study”
Please refer to Clause 5 and Annex of “General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies”.
Medium of Instruction
Lecture: English, Cantonese and Putonghua; Local Field Placement: mainly Cantonese
Lecture: Cantonese, English and Putonghua; Local Field Placement: mainly Cantonese
Arrangement of Fieldwork
The MSSc Programme requires students to fulfill not less than 900 fieldwork hours, which includes 100 hours of field preparation and 800 hours of field practicum. We offer various choices of service for students to gain experience in specific areas. They are:
- Community development
- Family and child welfare services
- Medical social services
- Rehabilitation services
- Services for elderly
- Services for young people
- Special services
- 100 hours field preparation
Field selection briefing, pre-placement workshop, agency visits, field laboratory, agency orientations, etc.
- 800 hours of field practicum
The 800 hours field practicum is separated into two courses, SOWK6415 Field Instruction I & SOWK6416 Field Instruction II, of 400 hours each. There are two modes of placements:
- Block Placement: Normally 5 days (10 sessions) per week; Lasts for about 3 months
- Concurrent Placement: Normally 2 days (or 4 sessions) per week; Lasts for about 6 months
Full-time students will be arranged to take one block placement in Term 3 of the first year (June to August) and one concurrent placement in Term 1 of the second year (September to March).
Part-time students will be arranged to take one concurrent placement in Term 2 of the second year (January to June) and another concurrent placement in Term 1 of the third year. Placement can be arranged in weekday evenings and weekends so that students having full-time job can still fulfil the 900-hour supervised field practicum requirements.
Students can also choose non-local placement (block placement) to practically explore the social welfare systems of other countries (e.g. Canada, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan). (Non-local Placement Sharing Booklet)
The tuition fees for students admitted in 2020-21 are as follows:
- Full-time: HK$267,000 for the whole programme (HK$53,400 per installment x 5 installments)
- Part-time: HK$249,000 for the whole programme (HK$31,125 per installment x 8 installments)
Remarks: Students taking courses beyond the normative study period shall pay extra tuition fees calculated according to the tuition fee of students admitted in the academic year when the courses are taken.
Scholarship and Financial Aid
- Scholarship offered by the Department of Social Work
- Ma Lai-chong, Joyce Scholarship
The Scholarship is to support one/ two non-local recipients of “Master of Social Science in Social Work Scholarship”, who are with financial needs, for their living expenses in Hong Kong during their study period. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit an application to compete for the Scholarship.
- Master of Social Science in Social Work Scholarship
This is an Admission Scholarship. It is awarded to outstanding students of the full-time and part-time MSSc Programme. Applicants who receive admission offers will be automatically considered to compete for the Scholarship.
- Distinguished Academic Scholarship for Master of Social Science in Social Work Students
- Eva Wong Li Bik Chi Social Work Memorial Scholarship
- Non-local Field Placement Award, Madam Tan Jen Chiu Fund
- Ma Lai-chong, Joyce Scholarship
- Scholarship and Award offered by the University
The University also administers a number of scholarships and prizes, which are awarded on the basis of academic performance or other non-academic achievements. For details, please visit here.
- Government Loan
Both full-time and part-time students who satisfy conditions may apply for “Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme” administered by the Student Financial Assistance Agency of the Hong Kong Government. For details, please visit here.
Continuing Education Fund (CEF) - for students admitted in 2020-21 and thereafter
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).
CEF course no : 44M122813
CEF course title : Master of Social Science in Social Work
For details of eligibility and reimbursement procedures of CEF, please visit here.
In view of the current shortage in hostel places, no on-campus accommodation can be provided for students taking self-financed taught postgraduate programmes.