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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 54047

Stream Code


Mode of Study Part-time

Normal Duration

3 years

Fund Type Self-Financed

Credits Required for Graduation

36 (including 8 clinical/field credits)

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Local Application Deadline 1 Mar 2024

Non-Local Application Deadline 1 Mar 2024

Tuition Fees

For local students
HK$315,000 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$7,250 per credit; Fieldwork: HK$14,000 per credit)

For non-local students
HK$346,800 per programme
(Taught subject: HK$7,500 per credit; Fieldwork: HK$17,100 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 LI Chi-mei, Jessica


  • 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.


Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme   
A total of 6 fellowships shall be awarded to local students. Please click here for details. 

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


Notes for Applicants

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in one of these two time periods: (i) 3-5 & 8 January 2024, or (ii) 8-9 April 2024. 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 overall aim of the MSW programme is to nurture students to become advanced generic social work practitioners, engaged in critical reflection of their work and with a strong commitment to pursuing scholarship in practice.



This programme is designed for Bachelor’s degree holders who would like to pursue a social work qualification on a part-time basis.


Students integrate theory and practice and generate new theoretical and practical insights to improve professional practice. The programme values the following principles:

  1. Contextual reflection: reflecting on the unique features of the social, cultural and political contexts of human service practice and their implications for both theory and practice.

  2. Relationship between theory and practice: testing and reflecting on theories and developing them into personalised “theories-in-use” in specific practice domains.

  3. The inter-connectedness of problems and issues: relating one’s knowledge and skills to the context of professional practice, the local community, the Chinese mainland and the international community as a whole, and appreciating the ethical and value considerations underlying professional practice.

  4. Personalised styles and frameworks of practice: continually reflecting on and integrating one’s professional self, personal values and life experiences, and hence transforming practice theories into new ideas and methods that are congruent with one’s personal style of practice and within the evolving practice context.


Special Features

  1. ​Interactive and innovative teaching and learning;

  2. Interdisciplinary exposure;

  3. Investigation of social problems from professional perspectives;

  4. Indigenisation of knowledge and skills in professional practice

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