Programme Objective
The Master of Social Sciences in Psychology sets out to provide an education for students who are holders of Bachelor's degrees with Honours in fields other than psychology who have an interest in gaining psychological knowledge. It will also serve as the first step for those who intend to pursue Master's level education or above in the field of psychology in Hong Kong or overseas (e.g. Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, etc.)
Feature of the Programme

The programme is designed to give students sufficient grounding in the core areas of psychology to qualify them:

1. to apply for student affiliate or graduate membership of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, the British Psychological Society, and other professional associations of comparable standing; 
2. to gain direct entry into any career potentially open to Psychology graduates in both the private and the public sectors; and 
3. to apply for postgraduate training in all recognized areas in psychology, and in particular, in one of the four areas of applied professional psychology (i.e. Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology) in an accredited university. 

The programme sets out to achieve these aims by providing learning opportunities for personal growth, theoretical knowledge, research skills, and competencies necessary for further education at postgraduate level.
Programme Information
Title of Award: Master of Social Sciences in Psychology
Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Intake Quota per Annum: 35
Duration of Programme: Two years
(Six trimesters)
Programme Director: Dr. Jason CHOW
The total number of credits required for graduation: 36
Total Tuition Fees: $72,000 ($2,000 per credit) 
To be paid in six instalments prior to the commencement of each trimester
1st Trimester (Jan - Apr)  
Code Course Credits
PSY 501 Research Methods and Statistics I 3
PSY 503 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3
2nd Trimester (May - Aug)  
PSY 502 Research Methods and Statistics II 3
PSY 504 Personality and Individual Differences 3
3rd Trimester (Sep - Dec)  
PSY 505 Social Psychology 3
PSY 506 Biological Bases of Behaviour 3
4th Trimester (Jan - Apr)  
Code Course Credits
PSY 507 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 508 Contemporary Issues in Psychology 3
5th Trimester (May - Aug)  
PSY 509 Research Project I 3
One elective course 3
6th Trimester (Sep - Dec)  
PSY 510 Research Project II 3
One elective course 3
Minimum Number of Credits for Graduation 36


Elective Courses (Choose 2 from the following list in the 5th/6th Trimester)

Code Course Credits
PSY 561 Educational Psychology 3
PSY 562 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 563 Abnormal Psychology 3
COUN 560 Counselling and Psychotherapy 3


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Candidates must 

i. have earned a bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honours or above from an accredited university in an area other than psychology, AND
ii. pass a take home entrance examination on Introductory Psychology composed primarily of multiple-choice and essay questions, AND
iii. attend an interview.

Language Requirements

Applicants with entrance qualifications from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
(a) Overall score ≥ 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic); or 
(b) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (Paper-based Test) or 100 (Internet-based Test) or 250 (Computer-based Test); or 
(c) Other equivalent qualifications acceptable to the University.

Take Home Entrance Examination

After the interview process is completed, short-listed applicants will receive a take home examination. The exam coverage is derived from material typically covered in an Introductory Psychology course. Specifically, the following subjects constitute the test's coverage: the Research Enterprise, Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Learning, Human Memory, Intelligence and Emotion, Human Development, Personality, Social Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. Most introductory psychology textbooks from 2009 to the present will contain extensive coverage of these topics. It is recommended that the applicant use such a textbook to prepare for the entrance examination. Currently, the primary text adopted in PSY100 Introductory Psychology at this university is Sun, C. T. L. (Ed.). (2015). Psychology in Asia: An introduction. Singapore: Cengage. Learning.

Transfers from non SYU-operated Conversion Programmes in Psychology

Candidates with previous qualifications in conversion programmes in psychology for which the exit award is below the master's level or who are currently enrolled in such programmes either locally or overseas may apply for credit transfer into the MSocSc in Psychology. The maximum number of transferred credits must not exceed 55% (or 20 credits) of the total number of credits required for graduation.

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Application Procedures

Postgraduate Programmes in Counselling and Psychology - Professional Talk & Information Session

'Healing through Expressive Interventions in Asian Context' cum postgraduate programme in Counselling and Psychology Seminar to be held on 27 October 2022 (Thursday)
Detail of the seminar are as below:

Date: 27 October 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
Venue: JC Cube, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
Registration Link:

# On-site quota limited, register now!

Application Procedures

Online Application

Click here to access the online application.
Paper Application
A completed application package shall consist of the following documents:
- Application form (pdf version / doc version
- 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 version / doc version) - Please also send this form to your appropriate officer of institution from which the transcript is requested. HKSYU graduates are not required to request for transcripts from the Registry. Copies of past academic results will suffice.)
- A photocopy of each professional qualification obtained as stated on the application form

The application shall be submitted by post or in person to:

Admissions Coordinator
Master of Social Sciences in Psychology
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill Road, North Point, Hong Kong

Important Dates (For January 2023 cohort)

1st Round Application Deadline : 22 October 2022
1st Round Interview : 31 October 2022 - 4 November 2022
2nd Round Application Deadline :23 November 2022
2nd Round Interview : 28 Novermber 2022 - 2 December 2022

* Note about Deadline for Applications:
We have a quota for admitting students each year and applications are considered in batches. Admissions priorities will be given to applicants who apply in the main round (and subsequently those in the second round). Applications beyond 2 December 2022 will only be considered on case-by-case basis subject to availability of spaces. You are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible.



Telephone: 2806 7332

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Dr. Jason CHOW T.S.
Associate Professor
Programme Director
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

Area of Research Interests: 
1. Self-control 
2. Motivation
3. Intimate relationship 

Dr. Bobo LAU H.P.
Assistant Professor
MSSPSY Research Co-ordinator
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

Area of Research Interests: 
1. Gerontology
2. Community mental health
3. Chronic illnessess
4. Family caregiving

Dr. Patrick CONNOLLY J.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of South Africa

Area of Research Interests:
1. Psychoanalysis
2. Neuropsychoanalysis
3. Psychotherapy and Counselling
4. Systems Theory
5. Psychosis and Schizophrenia
6. Post-traumatic Stress 

Dr. Wai FU
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

Areas of Research Interests: 
1. Psychoanalysis Related Issues
2. Drug Addiction
3. Pathological Gambling
4. Program Evaluation
5. Qualitative Inquiries 

Dr. L.Y. LO
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

Area of Research Interests: 
1. Cognitive Components in Emotion Perception
2. Development of Emotion Regulation





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