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What will I learn?

Aims of the Programme

The programme title is Master of Social Sciences in Social Work (MSocSc in Social Work). The programme is designed for Bachelor's degree graduates who would like to pursue a recognized social work qualification (RSW) at a Master's degree level. The programme aims at preparing students for reflective professional practice in social work.

  • To develop competent professionals who are critical, reflective and capable of generic social work practice and competent to face the challenges confronting social work in the changing society; and
  • To educate graduate students to achieve the academic and professional qualification that is considered eligible for registration as Registered Social Workers in Hong Kong on the basis of a recognised social work degree.

Outcome Goals

Upon graduation, the graduates can:

  • evaluate the changing social needs and societal context and practice in line with the values and the ethical principles of social work;
  • integrate theory and practice, and identify new theories and innovative practice;
  • apply social work skills at various levels of intervention;
  • critically evaluate professional activities and service programmes and advocate for appropriate welfare and service reforms;
  • examine power, diversity and social justice in social issues, social work practice and social policy; and
  • appraise the value of life-long learning and professional development.

Programme Structure

Normally students will complete the programme in two calendar years, each with three semesters including the summer. Only under exceptional circumstances may students seek extension of the period of study.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$64,500.00 (6,52,504) per year
HK $129,000/programme (plus HK $62,700 for 2 fieldwork placements)
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
  • a qualification deemed to be equivalent.

Language Proficiency Requirement

Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees are obtained from institutions with non-English teaching medium. 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.


Priority will be given to applicants with RSW qualification (registered on the basis of a recognised social work diploma) or with social sciences background at undergraduate level.

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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