Postgraduate Programme

Master of Social Sciences in Psychology (Schools and Community Settings)

  • Unique master’s degree programme in Psychology designed for non-psychology degree holders and concentrated on schools and community settings 
  • Excellent education in psychological principles, application, and research training
  • Bridging course offered to participants without prior training in psychology
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • Gateway to careers and further study in the field of psychology such as 
    • Master / PhD in Clinical Psychology
    • Master / PhD in Educational Psychology
    • MPhil / PhD in Psychology
    • Master / PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Pathway to apply for membership of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS)*

*   Subject to HKPS approval for individual applications.

Non-psychology degree holders, especially educators or other community workers, who wish to embark on a path to professional training and career development in psychology.

Bridging Course*
Core Courses
Elective Courses (students are required to choose either Option **) 
Thesis option: Non-Thesis option **:



Total 36

*Applicants who have a recognised Bachelor’s degree but have not taken an introductory psychology course (or equivalent) must complete this bridging course before taking other courses in the programme. The credit points earned upon completion of this course will not be counted towards the total credit points of the programme.

** The Non-Thesis option may not be offered when majority of students choose the Thesis option. 

The medium of instruction is English.

Students taking the programme full-time are expected to complete the programme in 1.5 years (a 1 year fast track option may be applied for on an individual basis), while those studying in part-time mode are expected to complete the programme in 2 – 4 years. Full-time students will attend an average of 3 - 4 classes per week, usually held on weekday evenings and Saturdays at the Tai Po Campus, but which may be held in the evening / daytime on weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and / or during long holidays at the Tai Po Campus and / or Tseung Kwan O Study Centre and / or Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre as decided by the University.

Applicants should normally hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree and preferably have introductory psychology training at a recognised tertiary institution. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview / a test.

Applicants whose entrance qualifications were obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0; or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE/ GCE OL English; or
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK$122,400, i.e. HK$3,400 per credit, which is provisional and subject to adjustment (for those who are required to take the bridging course: HK$132,600).

 After working as a frontline teacher, I wanted to study psychology to gain a deeper understanding of how our brains learn and to examine ways of increasing our ability to comprehend and retain knowledge. This programme has equipped me with a well-rounded background knowledge of psychology as well as research skills to pursue professional training in educational psychology.

Miss Elaine Tang
Year 2 Student, MSocSc (Educational Psychology), 
The University of Hong Kong
Alumna of MSocScP(SCS)