Master of Social Science in Psychology




What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Objectives

This program aims to provide students with the required knowledge, skills, exposure, and insights for (1) analyzing human behaviors from a psychological perspective, (2) developing research expertise in applying psychology to relevant settings, and (3) pursuing advanced professional training and a career in psychology and closely related areas. The program is an advanced and intensive conversion degree scheme that combines the award of a Master degree with eligibility for graduate membership with the Hong Kong Psychological Society and the British Psychological Society.

Upon successful completion of this Program, students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate major principles/theories in core areas of psychology;
  • apply major psychological theories/principles to analyze human behaviors in real life situations;
  • critically evaluate research evidence published in psychological journals;
  • design and carry out psychological research independently; and
  • appreciate the close connection between psychology and everyday experiences.

Programme Features

  • Designed primarily to provide degree-holders having no undergraduate training in psychology to pursue further study and a career in psychology.
  • Focus on the cultivation of a distinctive blend of knowledge and skills relevant to advanced training and different careers in psychology.
  • Multiple concentrations catering for different interests and career aspirations.
  • Classes meet primarily on weekday evenings.
  • Credit Transfer could be granted for equivalent level of study.

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$155,430.00 (16,48,075) per year
HK $4,710 Per Credit
Application deadline

Expected March 2024

More details

Start date

Expected January, September 2024


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:

  • have a recognized bachelor's degree from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions recognized for this purpose by the University,
  • or an equivalent qualification, or
  • have evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose by the University, AND
  • provide documentary evidence that they have completed a course of introductory psychology offered by a recognized university or institution.

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 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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