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What will I learn?

QUALIFY AS A REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER

This programme enables you to earn a professionally recognised qualification as a social worker. The multidisciplinary course draws from diverse areas to create a solid foundation of knowledge in this important field. Test your theories through insightful fieldwork placements in Hong Kong or overseas.

Broad-based learning

Learn across diverse industries from social welfare and policy to law and psychology.

Hands-on learning

Test your knowledge through supervised fieldwork placements in Hong Kong or overseas.

What You’ll Study

The four-year curriculum covers a wide variety of core areas, including social welfare and social policy, specialised social work theory and practice, human behaviour and the social environment, research, law, sociology, and psychology.

Integrate different theoretical approaches through practice laboratory courses and problem-based learning; and apply social work service skills in real life practice during fieldwork placements.

Exciting Opportunities

Participate in two insightful fieldwork placements with local or overseas agencies under professional supervision.

Professional Recognition

The programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board. Following graduation, you will be eligible to register as a social worker to pursue a career in the field.

Career Prospects

You may choose to launch your career as an assistant social work officer at the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department. Alternatively, you can pursue work in human services, public relations, the police, or education. Graduates have also gone on to secure employment with other government associations and not-for-profit organisations both in Hong Kong and further abroad.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,29,894) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

24 August 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. IB score will vary according to the program selected.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 35 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1B level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1350; SAT Subject Tests: 630 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent

You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally