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.)
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Features 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: Full-time / Part-time
Intake Quota per Annum: 35
Duration of Programme: Full-time: 1 year (3 Trimesters)
Part-time: 2 years (6 Trimesters)
Programme Director: Dr. LAM, Yin-hung Bess
The total number of credits required for graduation: 36
Total Tuition Fees: $86,400 ($2,400 per credit)

ž   Path A (MSS Psychology -- Mental Health): 9 common core courses (including Research Project) + 3 courses in the stream of Mental Health

ž   Path B (MSS Psychology -- Investigative Psychology): 9 common core courses (including Research Project) + 3 courses in the stream of Investigative Psychology

ž   Path C (MSS Psychology): 9 common core courses (including Research Project) + 3 courses in general stream

Full-time Mode

1st Trimester (Jan-Apr)  
Code Course Credits
PSY 501 Research Methods and Statistics I 3
PSY 503 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 507 Cognitive Psychology 3
-- One Elective Course 3
2nd Trimester (May - Aug)  
PSY 502 Research Methods and Statistics II 3
PSY 504 Personality and Individual Differences 3
PSY 509 Research Project I 3
-- One Elective Course* 3
3rd Trimester (Sep - Dec)  
PSY 505 Social Psychology 3
PSY 506 Biological Bases of Behaviour 3
PSY 510 Research Project II 3
-- One Elective Course** 3
TOTAL CREDITS  36

Part-time Mode

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
TOTAL CREDITS FOR YEAR 1 18
4th Trimester (Jan-Apr)  
Code Course Credits
PSY 507 Cognitive Psychology 3
-- One Elective Course 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
TOTAL CREDITS FOR YEAR 1 18
Minimum Number of Credits for Graduation 36

**Please refer to the below section on elective courses


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Path A  Mental Health Stream (Students will choose 3 out of 4 courses )

Code Course Credits
PSY 563 Abnormal Psychology 3
COUN 560 Counselling and Psychotherapy 3
PSY 564 Applied Positive Psychology 3
MPT 510 Introduction to Expressive Art Therapy 3

Path B  Investigative Psychology Stream (Students will choose 3 out of 4 courses)

Code Course Credits
PSY 565 Criminal Behaviors 3
PSY 566 Introduction to Investigative Psychology 3
PSY 567 Psychological Testing and Assessment 3
PSY 563 Abnormal Psychology 3

Path C  General Stream (Students will choose 3 out of 7 courses)

Code Course Credits
PSY 563 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 564 Applied Positive Psychology 3
PSY 565 Criminal Behaviors 3
PSY 566 Introduction to Investigative Psychology 3
PSY 567 Psychological Testing and Assessment 3
COUN 560 Counselling and Psychotherapy 3
MPT 510 Introduction to Expressive Art Therapy 3

Candidates must 

i. Bachelor’s degree in non-Psychology major with first- or second-class honours from a Hong Kong university or have obtained an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized for this purpose by the University, AND
ii. attend an interview, AND
iii. pass a take home entrance examination on Introductory Psychology composed primarily of multiple-choice and essay questions.


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

Information Seminar
The information seminar will be held at 19:00 (HKT) on 13 October 2023 (Friday) in hybrid modePlease click HERE for registration and further details.

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 2024 cohort)
Non-local Applicants:
Application Deadline : 24 September 2023
Local Applicants:
1st Round Application Deadline : 24 October 2023
2nd Round Application Deadline : 24 November 2023

* 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 24 November 2023 will only be considered on case-by-case basis subject to availability of spaces. You are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible.
 
Enquiries

Telephone: 2806 7332
E-mail: msspsy@hksyu.edu

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Dr. LAM, Yin-hung Bess
Assistant Professor
Programme Director
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

Area of Research Interests: 
1. Neuropsychology
2. Neurocriminology 
3. Antisocial behavior
4. Youth mental health 
5. Schizophrenia-spectrum disorders

Dr. Jason CHOW T.S.
Associate Professor
Associate Academic Vice President (Teaching and Learning Development)
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

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

Dr. Bobo LAU H.P.
Associate 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. 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

 

 

Dr. NGAI, Tsz-kin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong
 
Area of Research Interests: 
1. Animal Assisted Intervention
2. Human-Animal Interaction
3. One Health
4. Humane Education
5. Child Education
6. Positive Psychology
7. Cyberpsychology
8. Gamification
 

Dr. LIN M. Muriel
Associate Professor of Practice
Director, MSS in Counselling Psychology Programme

Area of Research Interests:
1. Schema Therapy for Personality Disorders and Trauma Related Issues
2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
3. Cross-Cultural Comparison regarding Treatment Interventions
4. Mental Health Issues in Adults

 
 
 
 

Dr. LEUNG, Mei Kei Miki
Assistant Professor

Area of Research Interests:
1. Compassion and Mindfulness
2. Consciousness
3. Mental Health and Resilience
4. Children’s Play

5. Strength-Based Intervention
6. Self-Other Distinction and Connection
7. Disorders of Social Cognition including Autism, Depression and Schizophrenia
8. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Dr. WANG, Yi-Zhou Joe
Assistant Professor

Area of Research Interests:
1. Mental Wellbeing of People with Mental Disorders and Their Family Caregiver
2. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Sandplay Therapy
3. Information & Communication Technology in Mental Health

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