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Entrance Year Sept 2022

Programme Code 54047

Stream Code FTF (Full-time)
FTP (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 30

Initial Registration Credits 3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fees For local students
Taught subject: HK$5,350 per credit
Practicum: HK$11,300 per credit
Clinical Internship: HK$8,500 per credit

For non-local students
Taught subject: HK$6,550 per credit
Practicum: HK$13,500 per credit
Clinical Internship: HK$10,250 per credit

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


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

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 is one of the two specialisms under the Master of Arts in Social Work Programme. 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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