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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 54057

Stream Code

LNF (Full-time)
LNP (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)

Fund Type Self-Financed

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2024

Non-Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2024

Tuition Fees

HK$232,500 per programme (Taught subject: HK$7,250 per credit; Foundational Competencies: HK$9,750 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

Dr Herrick Wong
DEd (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
MPhil (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
BSc (University of Alberta)


  • The selection process will begin on 15 January 2024, with offers being made in rounds on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications as early as possible to ensure the best chance of being considered for admission.

  • Qualified candidates will be notified of their results via the eAdmission System. Once all vacancies are filled, the remaining qualified applicants will be put on a waiting list. 

  • Interviews may be required.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

The specialism in the Master of Applied Psychology programme targets in-service teachers, teaching support personnel, social workers, and related health-care professionals who aspire to support individuals with diverse learning needs. It aims to develop expertise in providing evidence-based support to individuals with diverse learning needs in school and community settings. The programme has the following specific objectives:

  1. To equip participants with key competencies to develop and implement evidence-based practices, as supported by psychological theories and principles, to address the multitude needs of individuals with diverse learning.

  2. To equip participants with the situated and multi-faceted knowledge of working with individuals with diverse learnings needs and their family members.

  3. To equip participants with the knowledge and skills to design and deliver adaptive assessments and interventions for individuals with diverse learning needs.

  4. To empower participants with the capacity to strategically incorporate multidisciplinary support in services for individuals with diverse learning needs.

  5. To equip participants with the necessary competencies and skills to conduct quality research and practice review to inform the development of interventional innovations.



  1. This specialism adopts a multidisciplinary approach that embraces close collaboration with professionals from psychology, education, social work and rehabilitation sciences.

  2. The professional development framework of the specialism facilitates participants to develop key competencies to examine prevailing and emerging issues in the field of diverse learning needs.

  3. The programme provides practice-based learning activities and attachments aiming to facilitate the development of competence in making evidence-based decisions in the processes to support individuals with diverse learning needs.

  4. The professional development framework of the specialism facilitates graduates to pursue a career in the field of diverse learning needs and further training to acquire other recognisable awards and qualifications.

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