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Mode Of Study


Normal Duration
1.5 years (Full-time)*
3 years (Part-time)*


Credits Required For Award
MA (30); PgD (21)


Programme Leader
Dr.  Allen DORCAS

* Students who undertake more subjects per semester, may complete this programme in 1 year (Full-time) or 2 years (Part-time).






The programme aims to develop students’ competence and resilience as reflective practitioners in guidance & counselling. Students will learn to proactively respond to the challenges and changes posed by society as professionals. Students will be facilitated to integrate theories and practice, to generate new theoretical and practice insights for the continual improvement of professional practice, and to evolve their own personalized approach to practice.



Students with Diverse Backgrounds
The programme has attracted students with a broad range of backgrounds including teachers, social workers, student counsellors, medical and health care professionals, and human resources management personnel. The programme contents are considered relevant and helpful in addressing the needs and problems in their workplace.

Flexible Learning Path
Students will be allowed the flexibility to choose their own individualised learning paths according to their pace and interests. The majority of subjects will be taught in the weekday evenings or weekends. Some of the subjects would be offered during summer term. Students enrolled in the full-time or part-time mode of study, if taking the intensive study path, may complete this programme in 1 year (3 semesters) or 2 years (6 semesters) respectively. The maximum duration for study is 6 years.

Integrating Theory and Practice
During the course of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge to make integrative linkages between classroom learning and direct field practice. At the final phase of the programme, each of the students will choose to pursue either the Practice Option or the Research Option, aiming to advance students’ critical reflection on their current practice and the development of personalised approaches to professional practice.

Practicum Option

  • The Practicum is housed in the Professional Practice and Assessment Centre (the Centre) in our University and cases are recruited through the Counselling Net affiliated with the Centre
  • Provides intensive training on establishing professional helping relationship with clients through offering individual and case counselling
  • Provides learning opportunities to apply appropriate and effective intervention methods in working with individuals or families
  • Recruits wide-ranged clientele including students and parents from primary and secondary schools, university students, couples, and working adults
  • Provides “on-site, real-time” supervision during the 25-week practicum by our full-time teaching staff, counselling psychologists, clinical psychologists and experienced counsellors from different professional sectors. 

Research Option

Research Option requires students to take two subjects, namely, Practice Research and Integrative Project, which provides an opportunity for students to undertake an independent theoretical or empirical investigation on a self-selected topic relating to guidance and counselling. This Option provides training in research methods, planning and implementing the investigation, and academic writing. The research and literacy skills acquired strengthens one’s competence in pursuing further research degrees.

Practice Research

Enhances the competence in employing appropriate research methods to analyzing the processes and results of professional practice, to not only generate new knowledge for understanding the causes of human problems but also improve professional practice

Integrative Project

Integrative Project is the signpost learning activity in the MAGC programme.  Students conduct independent research/review on a chosen topic in guidance and counselling that suits their learning objectives and interests, and implement the project under the guidance of their supervisors, to develop experiences in integrating the different knowledge and skills which they acquired from various subjects in the programme for the purpose of advancing their scholarship in counselling practice. 




  1. A recognised Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent;
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who are teachers, social workers, counsellors or human resources management personnel and who are involved in guidance work or working in relevant areas.



This programme has been fully accredited by the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA). Graduates are eligible to apply for their membership.

Graduates of the Practice option will fulfill 50* supervised practice hours recognized by HKPCA as its partial requirement for Certified Counsellor.


* The number of supervised practice hours recognized for 2019 entry is under regular accreditation review by the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.



To be eligible for this award, students must complete 5 Required Core Subjects, 3 Elective Subjects, and pursue either the Practice Option or the Research Option.

Students who have successfully completed 21 credits including 5 Required Core Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects can exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling.

Subjects on offer may be drawn from the following subject list. Students will receive a precise list of subjects upon the commencement of each academic year.


List of Subjects *

Required Core Subjects (15 credits)

  • Advanced Human Behaviour and Social Environment
  • Individual & Group Counselling Skills Workshop
  • Social Context & Ethics
  • Social Policy Analysis & Social Accountability
  • Theories & Models of Counselling

and then EITHER

Practice Option (6 credits)

  • Counselling Practicum


Research Option (6 credits)

  • Integrative Project
  • Practice Research

Elective Subjects (any 3 subjects - 9 credits)

  • Brief Therapy
  • Career Counselling: Theories and Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Counselling Assessment and Measurement
  • Delinquency and Family
  • Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural and Systemic Approaches
  • Expressive Psychotherapy
  • Guidance and Counselling for Students with Special Needs
  • Mindfulness in Counselling (Subject to approval)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychopathology: Holistic and Humanistic Orientations
  • Practice Research
  • Violence in Intimate Relationships (Subject to approval)
  • Workplace Counselling

* The subjects offered may be altered at the discretion of the Department.



Prospective applicants can obtain the application material and submit online applications via Study@PolyU during the Application Period. 


Application Period  > Postgraduate Programmes > Select a Programme 

Late applications will be considered subject to availability of places.


Submit an Application



Please contact Ms Phoebe CHAN at 2766 5761 or e-mail to Ms. Angel SHING at for enquiry.