Master of Social Sciences (Counselling)

The curriculum shall extend over (a) not less than two academic years for the part time two-year study, or (b) not less than three academic years for the part-time three-year study, inclusive of intervening vacation.

Candidates are required to complete five compulsory courses and three elective courses. These elective courses are so designed that they can provide a focused study in one of three service settings: welfare, education, and health care. By selecting a particular combination of courses, candidates may (1) specialize in one stream from these three service settings; or (2) choose a more broad-based curriculum; or (3) choose to complete one elective course with a dissertation (equivalent to two courses) if candidates are interested in advancing their research skills. Apart from lectures, candidates are required to complete a skills training laboratory and a practicum that includes a practice-based project report.

One of the strengths of the programme is our focus on practice in local context. The skills-training components have a particular emphasis to equip students with skills in working with local clients. The case demonstration and video-clippings in classes will mainly be in Cantonese. The curriculum contains the following components. Candidates may select and construct their own learning programme with reference to their individual professional needs.

(A) Compulsory Courses

Candidates shall complete the following courses from the first semester in Year One to the first semester in Year Two.

(B) Elective Courses*

* 1. Elective courses will be offered spanning from the summer semester in Year One to the 2nd semester in Year Two.
   2. Not all eletive courses will necssarily be offered in a given year.

(C) Skills Training (Compulsory)

Through experiential learning this course provides training in relationship building strategies and skills related to individual and group counselling.

(D) Practicum (Compulsory)

Students are encouraged to find and secure their own fieldwork placement for the practicum training.

(E) Dissertation (Optional)

SOWK6264 Dissertation