Master of Social Work

Aims of the Programme

The Master of Social Work is designed for those who have received undergraduate training in social work or social sciences and human service related degree programme, and wish to advance their knowledge and skills in general, particularly with respect to youth work or mental health practice. The programme, with its structure kept intact, has been continuously strengthened with new academic input and ongoing introduction of new courses addressing rising challenges confronted by social work practitioners and users in the field, such as substance abuse, abusive intimate relations among young people, and domestic violence and tragedies involving people with mental illness. The programme places emphasis on small-class teaching which can facilitate learning in a more comfortable interaction both among students and between students and staff.

The MSW programme aims at developing students in one of two concentrations: youth work and mental health practice. Both concentrations are unique in nature and especially designed for those who are involved in children and youth work, family services, health and mental health social work.


Two-year part-time master programme with Two concentrations:
Youth Work Mental Health Practice
Strong input in critical youth work, and empowerment and cultural practice taught by a team of experts Meeting the most up-to-date challenges of family and mental health; emphasizing theoretical understanding and critical view of mental health issues
Intensive reflection and re-organisation of practice paradigm based on most updated theories and research Emphasizing holistic mental health social work practice in the Chinese context with emphasis on psychosocial, clinical and risks assessment in various situations and settings
Development of specialism through reflective pedagogy Developing practice competence in Mental Health and local expertise with global perspective in Mental Health



  • Active and reflective learning mode
  • Emphasizing both macro and micro perspectives
  • Lectures and seminars given by overseas renowned scholars
  • Interactive training workshops offered
  • Student-centred learning
  • Small-class teaching
  • Exposures to advanced yet critical theories and practice
  • Critical reflection on innovative conception and practice