Master of Social Sciences (Counselling)


Emotion-focused Interventions, Hypnotherapy and Family Therapy are my elective courses in studying the Master of Social Science Counselling Program. I found them very useful in understanding how empathetic attunement, emotion schemes, hypnotic trance state, and family systems how affect individuals, couples and families. Not only does this knowledge increase my self-awareness, but helps others understand problems within the field of study



Practicum is valuable for integrating my knowledge into practice. I'm impressed by the individual and group supervision at that period of time.

Graduate, 2012

Personal growth

This programme taught me that in order to become an effective counsellor, I first needed to understand myself. Through examining myself through a counselling perspective, my capacity for understanding and forgiveness has grown. I try to view things through a different lens now, to examine underlying motivators and needs and to appreciate various perspectives.

D. Niederberger,


The learning journey has not been easy; yet, it has been very rewarding. Overall, it has broadened my perspective in terms of how I see myself and other people. Additionally, my relationship with families and friends are now enriched. The faculty members and classmates are passionate and inspirational. I have learned a lot from them!



I'm currently a Year One part-time student of Master of Social Sciences (Counselling). To me, this course is a refreshing and rewarding journey. Not only have I gained a deeper understanding of the art and science of counselling through learning and practice, but I have also had a valuable opportunity to experience progressive personal growth. Additionally, I appreciate the passionate teaching and devoted efforts by all lecturers coming from different professional backgrounds and expertise. They have certainly widened my perspective and enabled me to develop insightful reflection upon various subjects. Most importantly, the numerous lecturers have taught me how to put evidence-based theories into ethical and effective clinical practice. Lastly, I treasure the love, friendships and joy brought to me which I have never expected from here before. I would like to express my gratitude to all my beloved friends and classmates whom have accompanied and supported each other through good and hard times.



This course in counseling has helped me grow personally and professionally. Great teachers and demanding workloads have led to fruitful learning experiences. I’m becoming more self-aware, sensitive, and happy.



Although I did not practise as counsellor after graduation, the self-awareness skills learnt from the course and the personal growth afterwards are considered as the most valuable.

Graduate, 2012

Being a reflective practitioner

I love the way our lecturers facilitate us to think critically and act ethically. We have an open environment to share our experience and ideas with classmates from a diverse background. The stimulation of thoughts through interaction has helped apply what I have learned in class to society.



I have enjoyed the process of doing the research, reading the articles, identifying the video clips and sifting through the materials in formulating our perspective. The process itself is rewarding and of course, there is no better acknowledgement than (a teacher’s name) feedback. Very much appreciated.

Graduate, 2011

Apart from being a barrister-at-law, I also run therapeutic groups on a voluntary basis for people who have difficulty in coping with the loss of their loved ones. Without the good counselling training offered by HKU Counselling Programme, I do not think I can be as effective as I am. Last but not least, the HKU MSocSc (Counselling) Programme is the best programme in Hong Kong.

S. Char,


Second career

My life experience in my first career had been a major source of strength in my second career as a counsellor, especially when helping people with what life and career and relational issues. I feel I have grown a giantfoot in human understanding.

W. Cheung,