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What will I learn?

The aim of the programme is to provide professional counsellor education for competent and thoughtful practice as counsellors in a variety of human services, school, and health care settings or in other professional/occupational fields wherein counselling training is an asset. Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in counselling and become increasingly autonomous and independent in practice;
  • reflect on their counselling practice and discover, construct, articulate and evaluate personal philosophy and implicit theories of counselling;
  • pursue evidence-based practice through researching on practice to discover new practice-based knowledge and connect such knowledge to practice; and
  • practice in a creative manner to respond to cultural variations and diversity.

The programme is designed to provide postgraduate counsellor education covering:

  • core concepts, major theories, professional and ethical issues, and contemporary development in the field of counselling;
  • basic counselling skills and techniques, and major approaches to counselling;
  • personal qualities and professional requirements of a counsellor;
  • research skills, and the integration of scientific research and counselling practice; and
  • reflexivity and cultural sensitivity in counselling.

Students may choose to exit the programme at the following levels of award:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling (PGCC)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (PGDC)
  • Master of Social Sciences in Counselling (MSSC)

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Normal Study Period: 1 year, Maximum Study Period: 2.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$141,300.00 (14,29,439) per year
HK $4,710 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

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:

  • hold a degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of any overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  • have obtained an equivalent qualification, or provide evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose by the University; and
  • preferably with two years' working experience in social service, education, health, human services, human resources or related areas.

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:

  • Score 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • Overall band score of 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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