Master of Social Sciences in Psychology (Schools and Community Settings) - Admissions - Faculty of Education and Human Development, EdUHK


Postgraduate Programme

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

Click here to download the programme introduction (for 2021/22 intake)

  • 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
  • Option to work on an independent research project and accordingly, produce a dissertation under the close supervision of our teaching team
  • Choice of elective courses such as Educational Psychology, Stress and Coping, Interpersonal Communication Skills etc. 
  • Online bridging course for participants with no prior formal training in psychology
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • Gateway to careers and further studies in the fields of psychology and education such as
    • Master / PhD in Clinical Psychology
    • Master / PhD in Educational Psychology
    • MPhil / PhD in Psychology
    • Master of Social Sciences / PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • Doctor of Education
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Hong Kong Psychological Society and the British Psychological Society *

*   Subject to approval from the Hong Kong or British Psychological Societies 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 12 cps)

Total 36

*Applicants with a recognised Bachelor’s degree who have not previously completed a course of Introductory Psychology (or equivalent) offered by a recognised university or institution must complete this online bridging course before taking other courses in the programme. The credit points earned upon completion of this course will not count towards the total credit points of the programme.

The medium of instruction and assessment is English.

Full-time students are expected to complete the programme in 1 year, while part-time students are expected to complete the programme in 2 years. Full-time students will attend 4 classes per week and part-time students will attend 2 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 Tseung Kwan O Study Centre or the Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre.

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/ take 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 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

Submission of Supporting Documents for Application

  • A copy of graduation certificate and academic transcript (Applicable to graduates);
  • A copy of the latest transcript / testimonial (Applicable to final year students);
  • English language test report (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) (for applicants whose entrance qualification obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system);
  • Other qualifications documents;
  • A brief personal statement (Recommended)
    In <400 words, please write a brief personal statement. What are your aspirations for personal development, work, or further study after obtaining this English-language, Psychology Taught Masters degree? Please briefly describe your aspirations, your past relevant experiences (e.g. work experience, community work, past degrees or other relevant experience), and how this programme will help you reach those future aspirations.

Tuition Fee: HK$135,000 (Provisional and subject to adjustment)
The tuition fee is HK$3,750 per credit, which is provisional and subject to adjustment. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.
(For those required to take the bridging course, the tuition fee is HK$146,250)
Extension fees will be charged to students who have to extend their studies beyond the normal duration (i.e. 1 year for full-time and 2 years for part-time).

1. The Department of Psychology Entrance Scholarship for the Master of Social Sciences in Psychology (Schools and Community Settings) Programme 2022/23

The Department of Psychology Entrance Scholarship for the Master of Social Sciences in Psychology (Schools and Community Settings) Programme will be awarded to 2 local and 2 non-local participants enrolled in the 2022/23 academic year. Each awardee will receive HK$10,000.

Any eligible applicants who fulfilled the selection criteria, submitted the personal statement to the online application system and accepted the admission offer of the MSocScP(SCS) by 31 March 2022 will be automatically considered for the scholarship. 

For further information, please click here (PDF).

2. The Scholarship for Teachers (Pursuit of Master's Degree Programmes) 2021/22

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 17 May to 15 June 2021.

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


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 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)