Master of Applied Psychology




What will I learn?

Programme Aims

This is a one-year Master's level programme for graduates with a psychology major who are looking for systematic training in the latest advances in assessment and practice methods applicable in various professional psychology settings.

The programme aims to provide a well-balanced foundation in functional competencies in assessment, intervention, research and evaluation. Over 1 or 2 years, a solid identity as an applied psychologist with professional skills and knowledge will be built up.


The teaching faculty members from the Department of Applied Social Sciences have enjoyed a long history of being both active in leadership roles in the Hong Kong Psychological Society and as recipients of a number of successive multi-year and territory-wide research and consultancy programmes of policy priority in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. This background has made it possible for the development of a unique curriculum to include direct and innovative instructional strategies, and in some cases first-hand exposure to experimentation in large-scale successfully implemented programmes in education, health and social care.

Recognition & Prospects

In principle, the requirements for becoming a Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong are: (1) be a member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS), (2) possess a Master's degree in Psychology, and (3) have a minimum of one year of post-master's relevant working experience. It should be noted that this programme is designed to help students in meeting the second requirement.

On successful completion of the programme, students with a membership of HKPS may consider applying for registration upon obtaining at least one year of post-qualification experience in a discipline of psychology deemed acceptable by the HKPS. The final decision on registration is still maintained by the HKPS. All psychologists on the register must observe the Code of Professional Conduct maintained by the HKPS.


The programme is composed of Foundational Competencies and Functional Competencies. Core and Elective Subjects are grouped under two major study areas.

Foundational Competencies

Core Subject

  • Foundational Competencies (includes practicum)

Functional Competencies

Psychological assessment, research and evaluation competencies: Advanced Psychological Assessment (APA)

Core Subjects

  • Psychometric Theory & Scale Construction
  • Use & Dissemination of Psychological Instrumentation in Research & Service Context
  • Advanced Research Methods: Mixed Methods in Research

Elective Subjects

  • Psycho-socio-educational Programme Development & Evaluation

Psychological intervention competencies: Advanced Practice Methods (APM)

Elective Subjects

  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Expressive Psychotherapy
  • Nurturing the Gifted & Talented: Instructional Models & Professional Practices
  • Parenting & Parent Development
  • Career Counselling: Theories & Practice
  • Workplace Counselling
  • Attentional Control & Social Adaptation

Knowledge and enterprising competencies

Core Subject

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Methods in Applied Settings

Elective Subject

  • Psychology of Exceptional Children

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$221,400.00 (23,48,972) per year
HK $221,400 per programme (Taught subject: HK $6,900 per credit; Foundational Competencies: HK $9,300 per credit)

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

Start date

Expected September 2023


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

A recognised Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test;
  • OR
  • An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 79th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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