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What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to train social science practitioners with sound knowledge in the theory and practice to help people, organizations and communities develop innovative solutions, and to accomplish excellence in undertaking research in social sciences.

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • evaluate major principles/theories in different disciplines in social sciences;
  • demonstrate the ability to integrate major principles/theories in analyzing social problems;
  • demonstrate the ability to design and conduct research in social sciences; and
  • devise innovative practices in social sciences to real-life problems.

Programme Features

  • Students can decide on their own study path, schedule and load for each semester in order to complete the programme in 2 to 5 years. Such flexible nature allows students to pace and plan their own study to best suit their personal and career development needs.
  • MA degree with three main streams - 1) Sociology; 2) Criminology and 3) Advanced Social Work. Applicants are required to indicate the selected stream when submitting applications; and admitted students are not allowed a change of stream.
  • The Stream courses will be taught by a strong team of experts from sociology, criminology, psychology, social work, counselling & psychology background. Students from various background also form circles to enrich synergy for effective learning.

Stream 1: Sociology

  • Core courses provide a solid foundation on applied sociology theories and social research methodologies.
  • "Integrative Project" is an opportunity for students to apply sociological theories, methods and ethics. The Project focuses on an actual problem or issue.
  • Students can select any two electives from a list of courses in different fields.

Stream 2: Criminology

  • The stream aims at training students in becoming competent researchers and/or practitioners at an advanced level in the key areas of policing and offender rehabilitation.

Stream 3: Advanced Social Work

  • The Stream is designed to enable front-line workers and middle management personnel in social service fields and particularly the nonprofit sector in East Asian countries and beyond.
  • The programme prepares students for new opportunities in the region. The Belt and Road initiative provides a visionary blueprint for energetic economic development in the east and the west and will provide financial support for social service development through the non-profit sector and philanthropic organisations.
  • For front-line social service workers, the curriculum provides state-of-the-art exposure to micro-, messo-, and macro- levels social service planning, implementation, and evaluation. It also addresses issues related to social innovations, social problem prevention and intervention, capacity building as well as effective leadership, organisational and social entrepreneurship.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Normal Duration: 1 year; Maximum Study Period: 2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$141,300.00 (14,35,392) per year
HK $4,710 per credit
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent. English Language Requirements: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or band 6 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test; or other equivalent qualifications

For international students

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and:

  • hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or from an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  • hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by University as equivalent to the above.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications

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


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