Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Sept 2024 Entry


2 years


64-68 credits (Subject to change)
The credits required for graduation vary according to each student's AD/HD results and subjects taken.

12 senior year places
  • This programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

  • Credit transfer may be granted to applicants whose previous study are relevant to the programme.

Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Local Senior Year Admissions
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

We prepare students to develop a solid foundation and discipline-specific knowledge in social sciences and social work, a repertoire of professional competence and skills, a firm commitment to social justice, ethical and social responsibilities and a humanitarian orientation. Our graduates are competent in flexibly and creatively using information, knowledge, theories and resources.



A strong social science foundation strengthens students’ analytical ability and familiarises them with the economic, social and cultural contexts of social problems and social work action. Theory is integrated with practice. We recognise the need to develop not just theoretical abilities and skills, but also the ability to feel, empathise and appreciate.

The Department offers placement opportunities both in the Chinese mainland and overseas.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).


Career Prospects

Graduates are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).

With this qualification, they are employable as Assistant Social Work Officers or the equivalent, and can be promoted to Social Work Officers, Senior Social Work Officers and Chief Social Work Officers.

They are also qualified for a variety of human service posts in other fields of the social services or in private organisations.


Students are admitted to the senior year of the 4-year degree programme and they have to complete all or some of the following subjects depending on their entry qualifications to fulfil the credit requirement for graduation.

General University Requirement*

  • 2 Cluster-Area Requirement (CAR) subjects

  • Service Learning

  • Essential Components of General Education 

*Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the undergraduate degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.

Discipline - Specific Language Requirement

  • Chinese Communication for Social Sciences

  • Professional English for Social Sciences


Professional Core

  • Integrative Seminar

  • Social Work Practice in Mental Health

  • Social Work Theory & Practice I & II

Social Sciences Core

  • Legal Aspects of Human Services

  • Management in Human Services

  • Philosophy of Welfare

  • Social Policy

  • Social Research Methods

  • Social Structure & Social Theory

  • The Art of Reasoning

Social Work Integrative Electives (Choose 1-2 subjects)

  • Aging and Social Work

  • Child Maltreatment and Protection

  • Criminal Justice and Social Work

  • Family and Social Work

  • Gender and Social Work

  • Illness, Disability and Social Work

  • Social Work in School Settings

  • Social Work with Drug Abusers

  • Youth and Social Work

Social Sciences Electives (Choose 0 - 2 subjects)

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Contemporary Chinese Society

  • Contemporary Social Issues

  • Political Economy of Hong Kong

  • Programme Planning and Evaluation

  • Psychology of Personality

  • Self, Culture and Society

  • Social Psychology


Capstone Project

  • Capstone Project 

Work-Integrated Education (Clinical/Field Training)

  • Fieldwork I, II & III

To graduate and meet the registration requirements of the Social Workers Registration Board, each student must complete one to two fieldwork training periods equivalent to 400-800 hours in local or non-local welfare agencies depending on their entry qualifications. The Department offers placement opportunities both in the Chinese mainland and overseas.


More informaiton on the programme can be obtained here.

(Subject to revision)

Credit Required for Graduation

64-68 credits (Subject to change)
The credits required for graduation vary according to each student's AD/HD results and subjects taken.

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Yam Kong

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree in a relevant discipline, or a Higher Diploma in Social Work from PolyU or another recognised post-secondary institution.


Other Information

Applicants may be shortlisted for a group discussion to evaluate their suitability for the programme and the profession.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5867; email: ssba@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Studying in PolyU’s social work programme provided me with invaluable experience in enhancing my self-understanding and developing my social work profession. It showed me the importance of empathy and inspired me to become grateful and notice the good in people I previously took for granted. I was able to understand my strengths and weaknesses during the learning process. As a social work student, I’ve been trained to be analytic and sensitive to people’s needs. The study in the social work programme has also prepared me with transferable skills for future use. I learned to communicate and collaborate well with people and developed the ability to navigate different challenges.

My participation in diverse academic and extracurricular experiences has motivated me to contribute to society and become a more flexible and responsible person. I’m grateful for the opportunity to study in PolyU’s social work programme, and PolyU has prepared me well to succeed in the future.

LEE Siu Fung
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme and profession, and to test their language competence and skills in interpersonal communication and team work.

Date of Interview
In around early December 2023 and mid-March 2024 (Tentatively)

About 1 hour

Cantonese and English
Group Interview (face-to-face or online)
  • Suitable applicants may be invited to attend an interview.
  • The above arrangements may change with due consideration of unforeseen circumstances.