Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)



  • 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.
  • This programme admits students in alternate years.
Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Not inviting applications
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Not inviting applications
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to prepare reflective social work and mental health practitioners via a mixed-mode programme of study which enables participants to develop specialised practice knowledge through an intellectually challenging experience.



This programme is specially designed for practising social workers, teachers, nurses and other mental health professionals. The specialism is offered on a mixed-mode basis, with the majority of subjects being taught in the evening. On completion of 21 credits (7 subjects), students can apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.


This programme provides students with a holistic and multidimensional perspective on understanding and working with individuals who are confronting mental health and mental illness issues. It embraces a humanistic and deep understanding of clients with mental problems. It also equips students with current knowledge of international trends in mental health practice. This enables them not only to gain knowledge and practice competence from prevalent clinical perspectives, but also to embrace a humanistic orientation to promote mental growth and mental health for individuals, families and communities.


During the course of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge that is needed to make integrative links between classroom learning and direct field practice.

Recognition & Prospects

Human services professionals such as social workers, teachers and nurses are spontaneously challenged by clients with various degrees of mental health problems. A master level training in mental health specialism surely enhances their practice competence in handling clients' mental health problem which may result in better career prospect and development.


Programme Structure

Students are required to take 30 credits (5 Required Subjects, 1 Required Subject on an Integrative Project and 4 Elective Subjects) to be eligible for the award of Master of Arts in Mental Health.


Students who have successfully completed 21 credits (5 Required Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects) can apply early exit the Programme with Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health.


Core Areas of Study

Required Subjects (6 subjects)

  • ​Adolescent Mental Health
  • Integrative Project
  • Mental Health and the Aged
  • Mental Health Practice
  • Practice Research
  • Psychopathology: Holistic and Humanistic Orientations


Elective Subjects (Students should take 4 elective subjects, including an option of a practicum)

  • ​Advanced Practice Methods: Brief Therapy
  • Advanced Practice Methods: Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Delinquency and Family
  • Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural & Systemic Approaches
  • Guidance and Counselling for Students with Special Needs
  • Individual and Group Counselling Skills Workshop
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Mental Health Practice and Interpersonal Neurobiology: Attachment, Trauma and Healing in the Context of Relationships
  • Mindfulness-based Programme in Mental Health and Social Care
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Practicum in Mental Health Care #
  • Social Constructionism and Collaborative Dialogic Approach
  • Use of Creative Arts in Mental Health Care
  • Use of Drama in Mental Health Care
  • Violence in Intimate Relationships
  • Workplace Counseling


# If students who do not have a social work or counselling degree with a one-semester course in micro clinical skill training, they should take "Individual and Group Counseling Skills Workshop" as a pre-requisite.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr Herman Lo

Programme List Remarks

(This programme admits students in alternate years and will not invite applications for admission in 2024/25)

Subject Area
Mental Health
Entrance Requirements
  • ​A Bachelor's degree in social work, social sciences or related disciplines.


Relevant work experience is desirable.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further information on admission matters, please contact:
Tel: (852) 2766 5714
Email: sspg@polyu.edu.hk

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$186,000 per programme (HK$6,200 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.

Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate

Copies of graduation certificates and official academic transcript are required.

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