Postgraduate Programme

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

Date 20 March 2018 (Tuesday)
Time 7:00 - 8:00pm
Venue Theatre 3, 1/F, HKPC Building, 78 Tat Chee Road, Kowloon Tong (Exit C1 or H, Kowloon Tong MTR Station)

Please click here to register for the programme talk

  • 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 for participants with no 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 take one of the options) 
Thesis option: Non-Thesis option:



Total 36

*Applicants with a recognised Bachelor’s degree who 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 medium of instruction and assessment is English.

Students taking the programme full-time are expected to complete the programme in 1.5 years (students may apply to join a 1-year fast track option), while those studying in part-time are expected to complete the programme in 2 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. Classes may also be held on weekday or weekend at the Tai Po Campus and/ or the Tseung Kwan O Study Centre and/ or the Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre, and/ or the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) Building in Kowloon Tong.

Applicants should 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 fulfil 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$126,000, i.e. HK$3,500 per credit, which is provisional and subject to adjustment (for those required to take the bridging course: HK$136,500).


This programme is under “the Scholarship for Teachers (Pursuit of Master’s Degree Programmes)” hosted by the Education Bureau. The Scholarship is open for application from 21 May  to 15 June 2018.

For further information, please visit Education Bureau’s website.


 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
Educational Psychologist
Alumna of MSocScP(SCS)