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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 54055

Stream Code

SDF (Full-time)
SDP (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time) with summer term
2 years (Part-time) with summer terms

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$217,500 per programme (HK$7,250 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 Karita Kan
BA, MPhil, PhD


  • 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. Once all 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 MA in Social Policy and Social Development programme aims to equip students with the professional and personal competence required to work in the field of social policy and to engage in professional practices in social development. This involves gaining critical knowledge and skills in analysing and appreciating local and global policy issues and the ability to formulate and assess policy options that ensure effective, appropriate and sustainable outcomes, uphold social justice and improve social well-being. To these ends, the programme is designed to integrate theory and practice in a way that enables students to meet challenges in social development ethically and imaginatively.



This MASPSD is designed for those who are either considering a career in social policy or social development, or those who are already mid-career practitioners seeking to improve their knowledge about public and non-government sectors specialising in social policy and planning for social development. It is structured to offer rigorous, interdisciplinary and hands-on training across a range of academic, managerial and professional disciplines, in order to prepare students to translate knowledge into action especially through responsible policy analysis, formulation, impact assessment and evaluation.


The programme provides students with a solid foundation in social policy analysis that can be adapted and applied to many fields of human service provision and practice in social development. Graduates are expected to gain the competence necessary to participate effectively in social policy processes, conduct needs assessments, evaluate policy impact and develop appropriate and relevant policy options that respond responsibly to new challenges in social development.

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