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What will I learn?


  • developing students' knowledge in understanding, analysing and researching the changing needs of people and the social cultural contexts within which these individuals develop; and
  • equipping students with selected counselling theories and practice skills, with narrative therapy in particular.

Outcome Goals

Upon completion of the programme, students are expected to be able to:

  • become self-directed learners, recognising personal needs, selecting preferred alternatives for themselves;
  • become reflective professionals in counselling, who are able to assess changing social needs, challenge the dominant discourse that is oppressing and disempowering people, particularly the powerless people;
  • have a solid conceptual framework in understanding human diversity and needs;
  • analyse the social dynamics and policies which affect the counselling needs of people;
  • acquire knowledge of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of selected counselling perspectives, and that of narrative therapy in particular;
  • apply the selected counselling theories and practice skills in counselling with people in need and in different work settings;
  • be "research literate" - and be able to criticize, use and promote research relevant to advancing students' counselling capacity and professional sensitivity.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$106,000.00 (10,76,798) per year
Additional cost: HK $17,100 of practicum fee
Application deadline

Expected June 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor's degree for admission to a Taught Postgraduate degree programme; English Language Requirements: TOEFL - 550 (Paper-based), 79 (Internet-based); or IELTS (Academic): Overall Band at 6.5; or CET-6 (College English Test band 6): 450.

For international students

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or equivalent.

Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees are obtained from non-English medium institutions. These applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for English proficiency:

  • an overall band score of 6.0 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • a score of 74 (internet-based test) in TOEFL; or
  • an equivalent score on a comparable test.


  • Preferably with relevant experience of working with people in related fields; and
  • Some background knowledge in psychology, human development, guidance, and/or other related courses.

Application Deadline1st round: 31 Jan 2020, 2nd round: 30 Apr 2020, Final round: 15 Jun 2020 (non-local) (Early closure of application upon quota full).

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


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