(Full-time / Part-time)
A Message from the Programme Director
The Master of Social Science in Social Work (MSSc) Programme is a professional training programme that leads to the professional qualification of a social worker. The Programme is designed for students with a non-social work bachelor's degree and is suitable for those who wish to develop a career in social work through postgraduate training. The course work of the Programme aims to provide students with a solid conceptual framework and a theoretical foundation of social work practice. To develop social work knowledge and skills, and to help students cultivate a positive identification with social work values and the ethics of the social work profession are the aims of this Programme.
In additional to the academic content, all students are required to undertake a period of supervised practice in two different social service agencies. Upon graduation, students are eligible to become a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in Hong Kong. Besides this, our Department emphasises greater internationalization and cultural learning. We will select suitable students for international exposure in non-local field placements (such as placement at Canada, Singapore, China and Taiwan, etc.). We consider the high quality coursework and placement training to be the most valuable components of this professional programme.
Prof. Wong Yu-cheung
The Master of Social Science (MSSc) in Social Work Programme is a professional programme recognized by the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board. Students of this Programme are eligible to become Registered Social Workers (RSW) in Hong Kong upon graduation. Students who hold a first degree in any discipline and wish to pursue a professional career in the social services field can apply to the Programme.
Programme Characteristics - Field Instruction
The MSSc Programme in Social Work includes 900 hours of field instruction in which 100 hours are pre-placement preparation training and 800 hours are supervised practice, in compliance with the requirement for students to be recognized as “Registered Social Worker” upon graduation. The major objective of field instruction is to provide students with an opportunity to apply social work theories in practice in a real agency setting. Students are also expected to learn different uses of community resources, and familiarize themselves with agency administration through the practicum.
Each student will be placed in two different service settings of different social welfare service agencies in fulfilling the requirement for supervised practice. Placements in China and other countries (such as Canada) can be offered, if appropriate, in order to help students develop an international perspective and wider vision.
Upon completion of the Programme, students are expected to demonstrate:
1. an understanding of the foundation knowledge, humanistic values and ethics of social work and social policy as well as management knowledge that will allow the students to solve personal and social problems;
2. the ability to integrate theories with practice in working with individuals, groups, families, communities and institutions; and
3. the use of scientific research methods in addressing critical social issues.
Programme of Study
Study mode available
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 3 years
The Programme consists of 12 required courses including 2 field instruction courses (Field Instruction I and Field Instruction II), plus 2 elective courses:
|SOWK5630||Mental Health and Mental Disorders||3|
|SOWK5911||Social Welfare and Social Policy||3|
|SOWK5912||Professional Values and Legal Knowledge in Social Practice||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|
|SOWK5955+||Social Work Field Laboratory||3|
|SOWK6415#||Field Instruction I||8|
|SOWK6416#||Field Instruction II||8|
|SOWK6911||Social Service Planning, Programme Development and Evaluation||3|
|SOWK6940||Social Work Research||3|
|SOWK5060||Fundamental Theories of Social Policy||3|
|SOWK5061||Social Policy and Social Welfare in China||3|
|SOWK5950||Organizational Theories for Social Services Agencies||3|
|SOWK5970||Macro Social Work Practice: Strategic Planning||3|
|SOWK5980||Human Resource Development in Social Services||3|
|SOWK6061||Comparative Social Security Systems||3|
|SOWK6062A||Seminar on Selected Topics: Ageing, Ethics and Justice in a Global Context||3|
|SOWK6062B||Seminar on Selected Topics: Social Enterprise||3|
|SOWK6070||Social Policy Research II||3|
|SOWK6210^||Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (II)||3|
|SOWK6211F||Seminar on Selected Topics: Structural Family Therapy||3|
|SOWK6902||Youth Culture and Youth Work||3|
|SOWK6906||Clinical Social Work Practice: Selected Approaches||3|
|SOWK6907^||Current Issues in Welfare Services and Welfare Administration||3|
|SOWK6920||Master of Social Science Project||3|
|SOWK6921^||Youth: Risk and Resilience||3|
|SOWK6923||Working with Children and Youth with Special Needs||3|
|SOWK6924||Use of Arts, Dance and Experiential Learning in Social Work Practice||3|
|SOWK6927^||Urban Social Work in Chinese Context||3|
|SOWK6950||Use of Information Technology in Social Services||3|
|SOWK6970||Budgeting and Financial Planning in Social Service Organizations||3|
^These elective courses are not offered in 2015-16.
Students are required to take two of these courses which are offered in accordance with resources available.
+ SOWK5955 Social Work Field Laboratory constitutes part of the 100-hour pre-placement preparation requirement of the Social Workers Registration Board.
# SOWK6415 / SOWK6416 Field Instruction are supervised field practicum. Each practicum requires not less than 400 hours of supervised practice.
* All courses are 3 units, except SOWK6415 and SOWK6416 which are 8 units respectively.
The following scholarships are available to students of the MSSc Programme in Social Work:
1) Master of Social Science in Social Work Scholarship for Non-local Students
This scholarship is awarded to outstanding non-local students of the full-time MSSc Programme. The scholarship amount will be equivalent to full, half or a quarter of the total programme tuition fee.
2) Master of Social Science in Social Work Scholarship for Students from Hong Kong
This scholarship is awarded to outstanding local students of the full-time and part-time MSSc Programme. The scholarship amount will be equivalent to full, half or a quarter of the total programme tuition fee.
3) Ma Lai-chong, Joyce Scholarship
The Scholarship is to support one/ two recipients of “Master of Social Science in Social Work Scholarship for Non-local Students”, who are with financial needs, for their living expenses in Hong Kong during their study period.
4) Distinguished Academic Scholarship for Master of Social Science in Social Work Students
5) Eva Wong Li Bik Chi Social Work Memorial Scholarship
6) Non-local Field Placement Award, Madam Tan Jen Chiu Fund