Programme Information

Programme Description

The Master of Arts Programme in Social Policy (MASP) aims at providing high quality postgraduate education to those who either are or plan to be social workers, policy analysts or practitioners. The programme is designed for students who have a good bachelor degree in any discipline to develop a career in social policy, social services, and public services. For details, please visit here

Qualification for Admission

  • Academic Qualification
    Applicants shall have:
    • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, 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 any disciplines, 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.

      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”


Target Group of Applicant

  • Bachelor’s degree holders (in any disciplines) who wish to pursue an advanced study in social policy.
  • Academic professionals or practitioners in social work who wish to consolidate their academic and professional knowledge in social policy.
  • People who are currently working in other disciplines and wish to equip themselves for challenges they face in their own career.


Study Mode and Study Length


Medium of Instruction

English, Putonghua and Cantonese


Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for full-time students admitted in 2020-21 is HK$158,000 for the whole programme (HK$79,000 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 Arts in Soical Policy Scholarship
      This 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 Arts in Social Policy 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.