Master of Social Sciences (Mental Health)

Director's Message

Welcome to the Master of Social Sciences in the field of Mental Health programme! I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the former Directors Dr. M.S. Ran and Dr. S.M. Ng as they have laid down a solid foundation for the programme. In response to the growing need for competent mental health professionals in Hong Kong and China, our programme is designed to provide practitioners in medical, rehabilitation, social services, or mental health settings with advanced knowledge in psychiatric, psychosocial and vocational aspects of mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation. It also provides opportunities for practitioners to advance their clinical skills in mental health counselling.

Since its inception, our programme has attracted students from various disciplines including health, counseling, education, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and speech therapy. Besides, we have a strong multidisciplinary team of teachers, consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, social workers, play therapists, hypnotherapists, etc. This multi-disciplinary mix of student and teacher profiles have made this programme one of the unique programmes in Hong Kong and Asia.

Professor Daniel F.K. Wong


The ultimate objective is to facilitate aspiring and established healthcare and social service professionals to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become competent clinical practitioners, administrative and/or clinical supervisors in their respective fields of work.

Learning Outcomes

After the completion of this programme, students should be able to

  • Critical intellectual enquiry and acquiring up-to-date knowledge and research skills in mental health;
  • Application of mental health knowledge and research skills to practice or theoretical exploration, demonstrating originality and creativity;
  • Tackling novel situations and ill-defined problems in mental health;
  • Collaboration and communication of mental health knowledge to specialists in social services and the general public;
  • Awareness of and adherence to personal and professional ethics in mental health;
  • Enhancement of leadership and advocacy skills in the mental health profession.

Who will benefit from the programme

The Master of Social Sciences in Mental Health is a self-funded two-year part-time postgraduate programme for medical doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapies, physiotherapists, speech therapists, Chinese medicine practitioners, and other complementary and alternative medicine practitioners who are interested in mental health issues and practices.