Programme Information

Programme Description

The Master of Social Work Programme (MSW) 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. For details, please visit here.

Important Note

Students of the Master of Social Work Programme (MSW) are NOT eligible to become a Registered Social Worker (RSW) upon graduation. Among our postgraduate programmes, only Master of Social Science Programme in Social Work (MSSc) is particularly designed for applicants who would like to become a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in Hong Kong after graduation.

Qualification for Admission

  • Academic Qualification
    Applicants shall have:

    • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in the area of Social Science, 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 the area of Social Science, 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.

      Examples of “area of Social Science” include social work, sociology, social administration, social policy, social security, government/ politics and public administration, public affairs administration, applied social science, psychology, journalism, economics, human resource management, etc.

      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:

    •  Website
    • Section: “English Language Requirements for Admission”

  • Others
    Applicants with working experience in social welfare or related field are preferred.

Target Group of Applicants

Bachelor’s degree holders (in the area of Social Science) who wish to pursue a specialized and advanced study of social work.

Study Mode and Study Length


Medium of Instruction

English, Putonghua and Cantonese

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for full-time students admitted in 2019-20 is HK$147,000 for the whole programme (HK$73,500 per installment x 2 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
    • Master of Social Work ScholarshipThis is an Admission Scholarship. 
      It is awarded to outstanding students of the Programme.  
      Applicants who receive admission offers will be automatically considered to compete for the Scholarship.
    • Distinguished Academic Scholarship for Master of Social Work Students

  • 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
    Students who satisfy conditions may apply for “Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme” administered by the Student Financial Office Working Family and Student Assistance Agency of the Hong Kong Government.  For details, please visit here.


Student Hostel

In view of the current shortage in hostel places, no on-campus accommodation can be provided for students taking self-financed taught postgraduate programmes.