Master of Social Sciences in Counselling (MSocSc in Counselling)
(1-year Full-time mode / 2-year Part-time mode)
  • Aims of the Programme

    The Department of Social Work has been offering the Master of Social Sciences in Youth Counselling programme for 12 years. The programme has been restructured and retitled to Master of Social Sciences in Counselling since 2016 with the introduction of 2 specializations, namely (1) Youth counselling, and (2) Mental Health Counselling

    The Master of Social Sciences in Counselling programme is a taught postgraduate programme deliberately designed for those working in education, social services, health services, religious services, personnel management, and others who are interested in counselling and working with people. The programme aims to develop students’ knowledge in understanding, analyzing and researching the changing needs of people and the social cultural contexts within which these individuals develop; and to equip students with selected counselling theories and practice skills, with narrative therapy in particular.

    Characteristics:
    1. Experienced counselors lead growth groups
    2. Offering elective courses: Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy and Counselling Project
    3. Emphasizing 80 practicum hours and additional practicum related trainings and activities
  • Programme Structure

    Basic Structure
    The Programme is delivered in 1-year full-time mode or 2-year part-time mode programme with courses normally offered on weekday evenings or Saturday morning/ afternoon. Students in this programme must complete a total of 30 units, that is, 8 courses including 2 youth counselling context courses, 3 core counselling courses, 1 research course and 2 elective courses carrying 3 units each; and a 6-unit counselling practicum.

      1. Core Counselling Courses 12 units
      2. Counselling Specialization Courses 9 units
      3. Practicum 6 units
      4. Counselling Elective Courses 3 units
      1. TOTAL 30 units
      1. I Core Counselling Courses 12 units
      2.   SOWK7420 Theories in Counselling & Therapy 3 units
      3.   SOWK7450 Processes and Issues in Counselling 3 units
      4.   SOWK7410 Human Diversity & Cultural Differences 3 units
      5.   SOWK7040 Research & Programme Evaluation 3 units
      1. II Counselling Specialization Courses (choose one of two specializations) 9 units
      2.   Youth CounsellingSpecialization (YC Specialization)
      3.   SOWK7170 Youth at the Margins: Theory & Practice 3 units
      4.   SOWK7430 Narrative Approach to Counselling 3 units
      5.   SOWK7440 Narrative Practice with Specific Youth Groups 3 units
      6. OR
      7.   Mental Health Counselling Specialization (MHC Specialization)
      8.   SOWK7120 Child & Adolescent Mental Health 3 units
      9.   SOWK7510 Cognitive-behavioral Therapy 3 units
      10.   SOWK7790 Mental Health Counselling with Older People 3 units
      1. III Practicum 6 units
      1. IV Counselling Elective Courses (choose one of these courses) 3 units
      2.   SOWK7470 Counselling Project 3 units
      3.   SOWK7500 Family Therapy 3 units
      4.   SOWK7430 Narrative Approach to Counselling
        * for Mental Health Counselling Specialization only
        3 units
      5.   SOWK7510 Cognitive-behavioral Therapy
        * for Youth Counselling Specialization only
        3 units
  • Entrance Requirements

    The programme is designed for those working in education, social services, health services, religious services, personnel management, and other who are interested in counselling and working with people. Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Social Sciences in Counselling should:

    1. possess a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university or equivalent;
    2. preferably with relevant experience of working with people in related fields; and
    3. normally possess some background knowledge in psychology, human development, guidance, and/or related courses.

    Appropriately qualified applicants will be interviewed to ensure their motivation and suitability for pursing training in counselling counselling.

    Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees are obtained from non-English medium institutions. These applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for English proficiency:
    1. an overall band score of 6.0 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
    2. a score of 537 (paper-based test) or 203 (computer-based test) or 74 (internet-based test) in TOEFL; or
    3. an equivalent score on a comparable test.

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