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What will I learn?

Introduction

The MPhil-PhD in Social Welfare Programme is a research-oriented programme. Students may research an area of career/personal interest to them. Students have to indicate in the application their intention to pursue either the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) stream or the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) stream. The Programme offers both full-time and part-time study modes.

MPhil Stream

For full-time MPhil students, the period of study is 24 months beginning in August. For part-time MPhil students, the period of study is 36 months beginning in August.

PhD Stream

For full-time PhD students, the period of study is 36 months for those with a research Master's degree and 48 months for those without a research Master's degree or only with a Bachelor's degree. For part-time PhD students, the period of study is 48 months for those with a research Master's degree and 64 months for those without a research Master's degree or only with a Bachelor's degree.

Fields of Specialization

Children and youth development, elderly service, family therapy, mental health, poverty, social capital, social exclusion, social policy, social security, social welfare development in China, social work education, social work intervention methods and youth delinquency.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Science

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months, Maximum period - 72 months; students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months, Maximum period - 84 months.)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,25,898) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

To be admitted to the MPhil stream, applicants shall have:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

To be admitted to the PhD stream,

  • a Master's degree from a recognized university; or
  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should normally have a degree in social work or in a related field.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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

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