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Admission
(2017-18 Intake)

 

Introduction

 

The MPhil-PhD in Social Welfare Programme is a research-oriented programme. Students may research an area of career/personal interest to them. Students have to indicate in the application their intention to pursue either the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) stream or the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) stream. The Programme offers both full-time and part-time study modes.

 

Programme of Study

 

PhD Stream

Study modes available

Full-time: 36 months (with an existing research Master's degree) or
  48 months (without a research Master's degree)
Part-time: 48 months (with an existing research Master's degree) or
  64 months (without a research Master's degree)   

 

Successful applicants will be admitted as PhD Pre-candidacy students first and will progress to becoming PhD Post-candidacy students upon satisfactory completion of all the candidacy requirements within a limited time frame as stipulated by the Graduate School. Candidacy requirements include:

 

  • 4 lecture courses (2 required research methodology courses and 2 elective courses)
  • Thesis Research courses
  • Candidacy examination
  • Submit a thesis research proposal and pass the oral defence of the proposal

 

After advancing to the PhD Post-candidacy level, students will have to submit a research thesis and attend an oral defence of the thesis in order to satisfy the requirements for graduation.

 

MPhil Stream

Study modes available
Full-time: 24 months
Part-time: 36 months

 

Students should fulfil the following requirements in order to obtain the Master's degree:

 

  • Attend 4 lecture courses (2 required research methodology courses and 2 elective courses)
  • Attend Thesis Research courses
  • Submit a research thesis and pass the oral defence

 

Elective Courses for the MPhil-PhD Programme in Social Welfare Units
SOWK5011 Family in Changing Society 3
SOWK5014 Theories and Practice of Family Counselling 3
SOWK5015 Theories and Practice of Family Education 3
SOWK5060 Fundamental Theories of Social Policy 3
SOWK5061 Social Policy and Social Welfare in China 3
SOWK5111 Social Theories, Social Welfare and Social Work 3
SOWK5630 Mental Health and Mental Disorders 3
SOWK5810 Programme Evaluation 3
SOWK5911 Social Welfare and Social Policy 3

SOWK5913

Social Policy and Social Welfare in Hong Kong and East Asia 3
SOWK5920 Human Behaviour and the Social Environment 3
SOWK5951 Integrated Social Work Practice I 3
SOWK5952 Integrated Social Work Practice II 3
SOWK5953 Integrated Social Work Practice III 3
SOWK5970 Macro Social Work Practice: Strategic Planning 3
SOWK5980 Human Resource Development in Social Services 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
SOWK6211 Seminar on Selected Topics:Structural Family Therapy 3
SOWK6907 Current Issues in Welfare Services and Welfare Administration 3
SOWK6911 Social Service Planning, Programme Development and Evaluation 3
SOWK6921 Youth: Risk and Resilience 3
SOWK6923 Working with Children and Youth with Special Needs 3
SOWK6927 Urban Social Work in Chinese Context 3

 

 (Different elective courses will be offered in each academic year in accordance with resources available)

 

Other Requirement

 

Apart from the specific requirements of each programme, students are also required to complete an Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) module on "Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research".

 

Postgraduate Studentship

 

 

Applicants being admitted as full-time research students (both MPhil and PhD stream) will be awarded the Postgraduate Studentship: HK$15,600 for PhD Pre-Candidacy students and HK$16,140 for PhD Post-Candidacy students in 2016-17. Students receiving the award are required to assist in the teaching and research work of the Department. 

 

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