Master of Social Work


HKU-MSW-Director-Dr.Edward Chan
Director’s Message

We are in the era of diversities and conflicts. Diversities exist in terms of races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, cultures, economic status, health disparities, political orientations, family conflicts, violence, and the like. Diversities, if embraced with equity and justice, could be enriching. People could learn from each other while respecting differences. Unfortunately, the reality is that diversities often create discrimination and conflicts. Conflicts arise between countries, racial groups, interest groups and even family members, and bring much harm to the ones who suffer from it. We do believe that social workers have active roles in helping people suffering from disadvantages, discrimination and conflicts.

Social work education at the University of Hong Kong has a long and renowned record. We house one of the most respected Master of Social Work programs in Asia, and admit talented students with strong commitment to be peacemakers and healers in global conflicts. This programme equips students with the advanced training in knowledge and skills to reflect and resolve conflicts within themselves and to help disadvantaged groups, which prepare them for a career in professional social work. Our teachers are established social work academics who are well grounded on evidence-based practice and are competent in knowledge building through empirical research.

We form partnership between teachers and students, and make connections with service providers and recipients. With concerted effort, we strongly believe that we can change the world by making it a better one to live.

  • Dr. Edward K.L. Chan
  • Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration
Reasons for choosing MSW at HKU
  • An innovative curriculum that offers six concentrations
  • An international learning experience that comprises oversea field education, study tours, a diverse student body, etc.
  • Numerous opportunities for experiential learning through more than 350 local and international field placement options
  • Rich educational resources available at the University of Hong Kong
  • A global network of graduates who are making contributions in non-profit, government, corporate, and academic arenas
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