Programme Objective
The Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology is a professional degree that qualifies graduates for registration with professional associations. The programme is designed to create a distinct professional identity for Counselling Psychologists, and to contribution toward meeting the currently psychological needs within the community. ​​​​​​
Title of Award: Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology
Mode of Attendance: Full time/Part time
Intake Quota per Annum: 24
Duration of Programme: Full time: 2 years (4 semesters & 1 summer term) 
Part time: 4 years  (8 semesters & 2 summer terms)
Programme Director: Dr. Raysen CHEUNG
The total number of credits required for graduation: 63
Total Tuition Fees: $151,200 (i.e. $2,400 for one credit) 
The First Semester  
Code Course Credits
CP514 Psychotherapy I 3
CP516 Research Methods in Counselling Psychology 3
CP519 Assessment and Evaluation for Counselling Psychology I 3
CP522 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology 3
  Subtotal 12
The Second Semester  
Code Course Credits
CP515 Psychotherapy II 3
CP518 Research Workshops and Seminars in Counseling Psychology 3
CP520 Assessment and Evaluation for Counselling Psychology II 3
CP517 Cultural and Individual Diversity 3
CP524 Internship 3
Clinical Practicum I (choose one of the following laboratory courses) 3
CP500 Play Therapy  
CP501 Solution Focused Brief Therapy  
CP502 Client-Centred Therapy  
CP503 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy  
CP504 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
  Subtotal 18
Code Course Credits
CP525 Externship I** 3
  Subtotal 3
The Third Semester  
Code Course Credits
CP534 Specific Issues in Developmental Psychology 3
CP526 Externship II** 3
CP530 Dissertation (Part I of II) 6
Clinical Practicum II (choose one of the following laboratory courses) 3
CP500 Play Therapy  
CP501 Solution Focused Brief Therapy  
CP502 Client-Centred Therapy  
CP503 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy  
CP504 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
Clinical Seminar I (Choose one of the following seminars)* 3
CP505 Mental Health Counselling  
CP507 School Psychology and Counselling  
CP509 Vocational Psychology and Counselling  
CP511 Couple and Family Counselling  
  Subtotal 18
The Fourth Semester  
Code Course Credits
Clinical Seminar II (Choose one of the following seminars)* 3
CP505 Mental Health Counselling  
CP507 School Psychology and Counselling  
CP509 Vocational Psychology and Counselling  
CP511 Couple and Family Counselling  
CP527 Externship III** 3
CP531 Dissertation (Part II of II) 6
  Subtotal 12


Programme structure (Remarks)

Clinical Seminars*

The four clinical seminars provide specialty knowledge on how to work in different settings. It is a unique opportunity to learn more advanced clinical techniques and interventions as applied to specific populations. They combine both conceptual and practical understanding of how to put counselling psychology techniques into practice according to the different contextual needs.

Internship and Externships**

Students are required to work two full weekdays per week (Monday to Saturday) in both Internship and Externships.

Skills Labs

Skills labs are offered for those who want to enhance their practical skills in using counselling psychology techniques. This is an almost entirely practice-based experience conducted in a small group setting with faculty who are clinical and counselling psychologists to provide hands-on guidance, direction, and demonstration.


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General Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Master of Social Sciences (Counselling Psychology) Programme must either

1. be in possession of a Bachelor's degree with first or second class honours in Psychology from a recognized local or overseas university OR
2. be in possession of a Bachelor's degree with first or second class honours in fields other than Psychology, AND have completed a post- graduate conversion programme in Psychology (e.g. Master of Social Sciences in Psychology etc)

Applicants are subject to psychological tests, English writing tests, and are required to attend individual and group interviews.

Specific Requirement

Successful applicants who meet the General Requirements stated above are conditionally admitted into the programme, subject to the presentation of proof of completion of a foundation course in Counselling Psychology. Those who have not taken this course at the time of application may choose to enrol in the course offered by the Hong Kong Shue Yan University during the Summer Semester.

Language Requirement

Fluency in English and Chinese, in both oral and written forms, is required of all applicants. Those with honours degree from local universities or overseas universities where the medium of instruction is English, will be assumed to have met this requirement. For all other applicants, an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent is required to prove fluency in English. 

IT Literacy

Applicants must be able to demonstrate IT literacy and competence by showing evidence of having successfully completed courses in IT applications either in their undergraduate studies or from recognized institutions of learning or from their work experience

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Information Seminar 

The information seminar will be held at 19:00 (HKT) on 22 January 2021 (Friday) via online stream by Zoom. Please click HERE for registration

Important Dates (For September 2021 Cohort) 

5 March 2021 Deadline for Application
20 March 2021 Interview Day 

Application Procedures

A completed application shall consist of the following documents:
- Application form (pdf versiondoc version
(which include "Passport size photo", "Autobiographical Statement" and "Promotion Survey")
- A Photocopy of HKID Card/Passport
- An application fee of HK$200 by crossed-cheque to "HONG KONG SHUE YAN UNIVERSITY" (fees paid are not refundable)
- Photocopies of degree certificates
- Official transcripts from post-secondary institutions/universities attended 
(Transcript Request Form (pdf versiondoc version) - Please also send this form to your appropriate officer of institution from which the transcript is requested. SYU graduates need not request transcripts from the Registry, copies of past results will suffice)
- A photocopy of each professional qualification obtained as stated on the application form
- 2 signed and sealed Referee Reports (pdf versiondoc version)

should be submitted by post to :

Postgraduate Admission Office
Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology programme
Department of Counselling and Psychology
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill Road, North Point, Hong Kong

Tel: 2104 8270

Scholarship & Fellowship

1. Postgraduate Research Scholarship:
- The “Postgraduate Research Scholarship” aims to attract students with strong academic backgrounds who have an avid interest in refining their research skills. Each year, a total of 15 scholarships @HKD20,000 will be allocated to this category. Awardees are expected to commit 200 hours to research activities as assigned by the Programme Director during their period of study at HKSYU.

2. Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies:
- The “Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies” aims to support outstanding final year undergraduate students in HKSYU to pursue postgraduate studies. Those successfully admitted into local full-time postgraduate programmes may be considered for this category. Each year, 10 scholarships @HKD10,000 will be allocated to this category.

For further scholarship and fellowship details, please click HERE 


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Conforming to local and international associations' requirements for post-graduate degree completion

1) Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), USA
2) American Psychological Association (Doctoral Level), USA
3) Australian Psychological Society
4) British Psychological Society 
5) Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS)


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Photo of Graduates with Professors from the first cohort of the Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology programme (MSSCP) on 7 December 2012.

LG301 Observation Room is adjacent to the Counselling Laboratory. It is furnished with high quality audio-visual equipment, and serves as a control panel for recording activities carried out in the Counselling Laboratory.
LG302 Counselling Laboratory provides a spacious and comfortable room for counselling practicum. The Counselling Laboratory and the Observation Room, connected by various communication devices, can be used for a wide range of research and counselling activities, like child observation, live supervision, and family therapy, etc.
LG303 The Computer-Assisted Data Analysis Laboratory houses more than 30 computers installed with software packages for advanced data analysis.
LG304 Neuropsychology Laboratory
LG314 Play Room
LG315A,B,C Counselling Rooms and Case Records Room
LG216 Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
Library 1/F Counselling & Research Centre.
Library 101 Multifunctional Room can seat up to 30 persons for activities like skill-based workshops, group counselling and supervision, parenting groups, etc.

Library 103 Seminar Room.

Library 105 Counselling Room is used for counselling services involving couples, families, or neurological patients.


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Dr. CHEUNG, Raysen
Associate Professor 
Programme Director
Ph.D. (Vocational Psychology, Loughborough University) 

Areas of Specialisation: 
Career Counselling and Development
Cross Cultural Counselling
Industrial-Organization Psychology 
Assessments of Counselling Interventions 


Dr. LIN, Muriel
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University) 

Areas of Specialisation: 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Psychometric Assessment (including Personality, Neuropsychological and Forensic)

Areas of Research Interests: 
Cultural Factors and Psychopathology
Psychometric Assessment Related Issues
Homosexuality and Psychological Wellbeing




Dr. LI, Wang-On Alex 
Head & Associate Professor
Research Coordinator
Ph.D. (Psychology, U of Hong Kong) 

Areas of Specialisation: 
Cognitive Psychology 

Areas of Research Interests: 
Counselling as a Profession
Efficacy of Intervention Model

Prof. YU, Kai-Ching Calvin
Internship Coordinator
Ph.D. (Neuropsychology, U of Cape Town) 

Areas of Specialisation: 
Psychology of Consciousness
Psychology of Dreaming

Areas of Research Interests: 
Clinical Study
Psychological Assessment and Testing
Hypnosis and Suggestibility 

Dr. CONNOLLY, Patrick
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (Psychology, University of South Africa)

Area of Research Interests: 
Psychotherapy and Counselling
Systems Theory
Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Post-traumatic Stress



Dr. CHEUNG, Yim Yen
Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology (HKSYU) 

Areas of Specialisation: 
Adolescent Development and Counselling
Parent Education and Family Communication
Chinese Culture and Family Resilience 

Areas of Research Interests: 
Cultural Values and Family Relationship
Adolescent Development
Cultural Adjustment
Personality and Psychotherapy




Dr. FU, Wai 
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Psychology, U of Hong Kong) 

Areas of Specialisation: 
History and Systems in Psychology
Qualitative Methods

Areas of Research Interests: 
Psychoanalysis Related Issues
Drug Addiction
Pathological Gambling
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Inquiries 



Dr. PANG, Lan-sze 
Associate Professor of Practice
Ph.D. (Counselling Psychology, Southern Illinois University) 

Areas of Specialisation: 
Vocational psychology (strength-based, post-modern career counselling & assessment)
Career and identity development of college students, mid-life adults and ethnic minorities
Experiential training in counselling and psychotherapy
Indigenization of multicultural counselling training
Psycholinguistic phenomenology in counselling encounters


Dr. THOMPSON, Nigel 
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University) 

Areas of Specialisation: 
Health Psychology
Contemplative Psychology



Dr. YUEN, Wing Yan Winnie
Ph.D. (The University of Hong Kong)

Areas of Specialisation: 
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Positive & Strengths-based Interventions
Health Psychology

Areas of Research Interests: 
Positive Psychology
Health Psychology
Recovery-focused Mental Health Services
Strengths-based Intervention
Stigma towards People with Mental Illness and other Vulnerable Groups



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What are the differences between "Clinical Psychology" and "Counselling Psychology"? 
The core difference between Clinical and Counselling Psychology lies in the practice orientation of the two disciplines. Clinical Psychology is based on the pathology model of human behavior. It utilizes the scientific study and application of Psychology for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development. On the other hand, Counselling Psychology is based on the wellness model of human behaviour.

Graduates from Clinical Psychology tend to deal with more severely disturbed patients, and in fact are trained to work in psychiatric settings. However, graduates in Counselling Psychology work with healthier and less pathological clients, and usually conduct more career and vocational counselling.

Do I need to find the placement myself for Internship? 
No. Internship training is provided at the Counselling & Research Centre (CRC) of the University. CRC provides counselling services for students in the undergraduate programmes who are required to seek counsellee experience. CRC is also open to the public, and its services are used by several rehabilitative and mental health agencies.
How should we conduct the Externship?

Externships are arranged with students' choice of concentration and availability of places in mind. Students are advised to complete their three externships in two different settings so as to gain some variety in their learning experiences. However, in certain cases, students may be permitted to complete three externships in one setting, subject to the approval of their advisors and the Programme Director.

Can I apply if I only have an Honours Diploma in Counselling & Psychology?

Consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to mature students with an Honours Diploma in Counselling & Psychology who have worked in the field of counselling for five years or over.



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