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What will I learn?

The Department of Social Work and Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong (HKU-SWSA) offers Two-year Full-time and Three-year Part-time Master of Social Work (MSW) Programmes. Our MSW Programmes have a rich tradition in providing social work education across the Asia-pacific regions and provide students a great appreciation for the breadth of social work and the diverse roles that social workers can play in multiple areas of direct practice, in policy, in research, in administration, and in community and organizational change. Our mission is to foster social work leaders of tomorrow and to promote efforts and activities that support social work education in areas of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. We prepare students to be leaders in the fields of clinical social work and social administration and be change agents in family, community, organisation, and society. Our graduates are eligible for professional registration with the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board.

Our Faculty is internationally and locally renowned in social work research, education and practice, and we take as our mandate to serve those underprivileged and vulnerable and improve the quality of life for people in the society. We are dedicated to work collaboratively with the social work academics and practitioners in the community. By combining world-leading research with community engagement, our programmes offer opportunities for social work students to critically examine and generate knowledge and develop evidence-based practices for individuals, families, and communities around the world.

HKU-SWSA is the first local university offering specialization in the social work education. Since 2014, we have launched a specialization curriculum for our social work students. We offer five concentrations in the advanced concentration curriculum. Besides being trained as a generic social worker, students can also choose to declare their concentrations in the advanced concentration curriculum: Children & youth; Family social work; Gerontology; Health & mental health; Policy, research & management. After taking concentration in the programme, students will be able to focus and develop critical problem-analysis and practical problem-solving skills with reference to the specific area.

The MSW programme was established in 1972. Graduates of our programmes are equipped with social work knowledge, skills and ethical practices, and are dedicated to make a critical contribution for the betterment of health and mental health of the people, in response to the ever-changing challenges in the society and around the globe.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$151,000.00 (15,33,929) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022


The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

Applicants shall hold a Bachelor's degree of HKU or an equivalent qualification from comparable institutions. Those with qualifications other than a Bachelor's degree will be considered on their individual merits. Qualifying examinations to test the applicants' abilities to follow the prescribed courses and/or interviews may be conducted. Applicants with qualifications from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or examination is not English are required (unless exceptionally exempted) to obtain:

a. a score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
b. a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
c. grade C or above in either the Overseas General Certificate of Education, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, or the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language.

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


About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally