(Full-time / Part-time)
A Message from the Programme Director
Since 1977, our Department has remained committed to the provision of advanced social work training for social work practitioners by offering the Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme. This Programme is specially designed for students who already have a degree in the area of Social Science. The curriculum is designed according to the need for specialised 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 areas of interest.
In the past 41 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 offer you a challenging and rewarding learning experience. We look forward to meeting you and hope you can join our MSW Programme.
Prof. Chen Ji-kang
In the face of the growing complexity of social problems, and the increasing challenges met 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 wherever and whenever possible. The Master of Social Work Programme aims to provide a comprehensive advanced course of 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.
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 to concentrate on a specific area of interest or take elective courses in different areas of interest.
Among our postgraduate programmes, only the 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.
Students admitted to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme are not eligible to become a RSW upon graduation.
Upon completion of the Programme, students are expected to be able to:
1. apply social work practice knowledge and skills in interactions 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
|SOWK5111||Social Theories, Social Welfare and Social Work||3|
|SOWK5112||Research in Social Welfare and Social Work||3|
|SOWK5113||Advanced Social Work Practice||3|
|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|
|SOWK6061||Comparative Social Security Systems||3|
|SOWK6062||Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (I)||3|
|SOWK6070||Social Policy Research II||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|
|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|
|SOWK6927||Urban Social Work in Chinese Context||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|
# 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.
The following scholarships are available to students of the MSW Programme:
1) Master of Social Work Scholarship
The scholarship amount will be equivalent to full, half or a quarter of the total programme tuition fee.
2) Distinguished Academic Scholarship for Master of Social Work Students
The Department reserves the right to review the scholarship terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.