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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 54047

Stream Code

FMF (Full-time)
PMF (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
3 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

For local and non-local students
Taught subject: HK$6,900 per credit
Practicum: HK$14,200 per credit
Clinical Internship: HK$10,770 per credit

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 So Wa Ngai
PhD, MS MFT, BA Psy, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor


  • The title of this programme has been changed from MA in Social Work (Family-centred Practice and Family Therapy) to MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and is applicable to students admitted in 2024/25 and thereafter.

  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

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

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an interview. Qualified candidates will be notified of their results via the eAdmission portal. Once all of the vacancies are filled, the remaining qualified applicants will be put on a waiting list. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

The emphasis of this programme is on 'scholarship in practice' in both teaching and learning and on the development of reflective and competent practitioners who can work with individuals, couples and families. Students are encouraged to enhance their sensitivity to recognise the complexity and inter-connectedness of the problems and issues that confront people; to reflect upon and draw implications from examining the social, economic and political contexts that influence human service practitioners and their clients with individual, marital and family problems; to relate family-centred practice theories and systems therapy to their own practice; and to develop personalised professional styles.



This programme is designed for practising social workers and related human service professionals who are interested in working with individuals, couples and families. The programme is offered on a mixed-mode basis, with the majority of its subjects being taught on weekday evenings.

Students who enrol in the 30-credit programme can either take an additional 13 credits (3 credits of coursework and 10 credits of clinical training) and prepare themselves for application for Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) or complete 21 credits and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma.

This programmes is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Applied Social Sciences. With a configuration of multiple subjects, the programme is the only one of its kind in postgraduate training in applied social sciences in Hong Kong. Allowing students from different specialisms to take subjects from the same pool of Electives is important in promoting their competence to learn and practice in a multidisciplinary context, which is one of the characteristics of a well-rounded professional.

During the course of study, students are equipped with the knowledge that is necessary to make integrative links between classroom learning and practice in the field.

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