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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 54053

Stream Code

DF (Full-time)
DP (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

3 years (Full-time) with summer terms
4 years (Part-time) with summer terms

Fund Type Self-Financed

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits


Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2024

Non-Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2024

Tuition Fees

HK$388,800 per programme (HK$8,100 per credit) for local and non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. Please click here for details. 

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU's decision is final.

Programme Leaders

Prof. Ku Hok-bun
PhD, MPhil, BA


  • This programme adopts multi-method approaches to teaching and learning including online, classroom, skill laboratory and blended learning.

  • ‚ÄčThis programme admits students in alternate years.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

The Doctor of Social Work (DSW) programme aims to provide first-rate education for social workers, welfare administrators and social work educators with substantial professional experience and a commitment to pursuing and integrating a higher level of research, practice and education to advance the framework of knowledge and practice and further social betterment.

The programme is specifically designed to cater to the needs of those who seek to develop and advance their academic, professional and reflective capacity and capability as practitioner-researcher-educators in a rapidly changing social setting.

The programme also offers a platform for local-global dialogue on critical social work practices, helping those enrolled to develop mastery of conceptual, methodological, analytical and practice skills with an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.

It is the aim of the programme is to inspire students to uphold a reflexive perspective that emphasizes critical reflections on current local and international wisdom and professional practices in social work.


Programme Features

Practice Research and Practice Education

  • Development of a critical mass of future social work leaders in practice and practice teaching
  • Integration of reflective practice, practice research, and professional education

Integration of Theory and Practice

  • Integration of theory and practice in social work with consideration of relevance, practicality and the specific social and governance setting
  • Embodiment of a reflective approach in theory-practice integration
  • Incorporation of cutting edge knowledge in innovative practice

Dialogue between International Perspective and Local Setting

  • Engagement in critical dialogue between local and global community
  • Development of comparative perspective in understanding local and international social and welfare issues
  • Exploration of culturally sensitive and appropriate social work practices for indigenous and international setting

Individual Concerns and Social Consideration

  • Recognition of complexities of external forces impacting on professional practices
  • Adoption of a cross-disciplinary, inter-professional and holistic approach in problem solving in social work

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