Programme Code apply now 75x34                                



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


# This programme adopts multi-method approaches in teaching and learning such as online, classroom, skill laboratory, or blended learning.


* 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 Background
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 have the option to choose full-time or part-time study mode.* The majority of subjects will be taught in weekday evenings or on weekends. Some of the subjects will be offered during the 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.


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.


* Non-local students requiring student visa to study in Hong Kong may not have this option. 


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 relationships with clients;
  • Provides learning opportunities to apply appropriate and effective intervention methods in working with individuals or families;
  • Recruits a wide-ranged of clients 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

The 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

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.


The Integrative Project is a 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 related 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 62.5 supervised practice hours recognized by HKPCA as its partial requirement for Certified Counsellor.



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
  • Counselling Assessment and Measurement
  • Individual & Group Counselling Skills Workshop
  • Social Context & Ethics
  • 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)

  • Advanced Practice Methods: Brief Therapy
  • Advanced Practice Methods: Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Career Counselling: Theories and Practice
  • Delinquency and Family
  • Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural and Systemic Approaches
  • Expressive Psychotherapy
  • Guidance and Counselling for Students with Special Needs
  • Mindfulness in Counselling
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychopathology: Holistic and Humanistic Orientations
  • Practice Research
  • Social Policy Analysis & Social Accountability
  • Violence in Intimate Relationships
  • 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


http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study  > Taught Postgraduate > Select a Programme 

Late applications will be considered subject to availability of places.


Submit an Application 




Please contact Programme Staff at 2766 5761 or e-mail to sspg@polyu.edu.hk for enquiry.