Master of Social Work (MSW)

 

(Full-time)

 

Last update: 9 October 2014

 

 

 

Message from Programme Director

 

Since 1977, our department has committed to the provision of advanced social work training for social work practitioners by offering the Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme. The programme is specially designed for students who have a degree in the area of Social Science. The curriculum is designed according to the need of specialized training and advanced practice in different service settings. There are three areas of interest in the current curriculum: “Social Work and Social Welfare in China”, “Children and Youth” and “Mental Health and Psychiatric Rehabilitation”. Students are free to choose elective courses in any of the areas of interest.

In the past 37 years, the programme has attracted students with both local and overseas training and work experience. The outstanding performance of many of our graduates in diversified fields of service testifies to the quality of the programme.
 

 

This programme is able to give you a challenging and rewarding learning experience. We look forward to meeting you and hope you can join our MSW Programme.

 

 

 

Dr. Lau Yuk King

Programme Director

Master of Social Work Programme

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

In the face of the growing complexity of social problems, increasing challenges in daily social work practice, it is of paramount importance for social work practitioners to acquire a holistic perspective and advance their knowledge and skills. The Master of Social Work Programme aims to bring about a comprehensive advanced social work study for students’ professional and career advancement. It aims to prepare them for taking up leadership roles in their profession, particularly in practice innovation and service development.

 

The Current Curriculum

 

 

Programme Characteristics

 

  1. An emphasis on the integration of theory and practice.

  2. A holistic curriculum that addresses service needs and intervention approaches at individual, family, and community levels.  

  3. A flexible curriculum that gives students freedom in concentrating on a specific area of interest or taking elective courses in different areas of interest.


#Important Note:

Among our postgraduate programmes, only Master of Social Science in Social Work Programme (MSSc) is particularly designed for applicants who would like to become a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in Hong Kong after graduation. 

 

For students admitted to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme, they are not eligible to be a RSW upon graduation.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

 

Upon completion of the Programme, students are expected to be able to:

  1. apply social work practice knowledge and skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities;
  2. integrate macro and micro perspectives in their practice; and
  3. formulate culturally specific, holistic, and proactive practice approaches or policy alternatives according to the needs of the target group and the context in which these needs arise.

 

 

 

Programme of Study

 

Study modes available:

 

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

 

Required Courses

Units

SOWK5111

Social Theories, Social Welfare and Social Work

3

SOWK5112

Research in Social Welfare and Social Work

3

SOWK5113

Advanced Social Work Practice

3

SOWK5810

Programme Evaluation

3

 

 

Elective Courses#

Units

SOWK5061

Social Policy and Social Welfare in China

3

SOWK5630

Mental Health and Mental Disorders

3

SOWK5970

Macro Social Work Practice: Strategic Planning

3

SOWK5980

Human Resource Development in Social Services

3

SOWK6030

Theory and Practice on Working with Emotions in Social Work Practice

3

SOWK6031

Clinical Supervision

3

SOWK6061

Comparative Social Security Systems

3

SOWK6062

Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (I)

3

SOWK6210

Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (II)

3

SOWK6902

Youth Culture and Youth Work

3

SOWK6907

Current Issues in Welfare Services and Welfare Administration

3

SOWK6921

Youth: Risk and Resilience

3

SOWK6922

Critical Review on Children and Youth Policy and Services

3

SOWK6923

Working with Children and Youth with Special Needs

3

SOWK6924

Use of Arts, Dance and Experiential Learning in Social Work Practice

3

SOWK6925

Family-centered Social Work Practice

3

SOWK6926

Rural Social Work in Chinese Context 

3

SOWK6927

Urban Social Work in Chinese Context

3

SOWK6932

Critical Review on Mental Health Policy and Services

3

SOWK6935

Clinical Social Work Practice in Mental Health

3

SOWK6941

Master of Social Work Project

3

SOWK6950

Use of Information Technology in Social Services

3

SOWK6970

Budgeting and Financial Planning in Social Service Organization

3

SOWK7021

Qualitative Social Work Research

3

 

# Students are required to take four of these courses which are offered in accordance with resources available. Only those courses that meet the minimum enrollment quota will be offered. 

 

 

Applicants are advised to browse Department's website for information on the detailed description of the courses. 

 

 

Download programme outline (2014 intake)

 

Download programme outline (2013 intake)

 

 

Scholarships

 

MSW students may apply for the following scholarships:

1) Master of Social Work Scholarship

   This Scholarship is open for competition during the admission period. The maximum amount of each award and application details will be announced.

 

2) Distinguished Academic Scholarship for Master of Social Work Students

 

 

Admission (2015-16 Intake)

 

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