The Programme

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.)
  • Latest News
    1. The third cohort of Master of Social Sciences in Psychology programme will be commenced in January 2018. The information seminar and a mock lecture titled “Interpersonal Attraction and Romantic Relationship” will be held on 8 September 2017 (Friday) at the Lecture Hall 303, 3/F, Lower Block, Research Complex at HKSYU. Please click here for registrartion.  

  • 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. Bernard WONG
    The total number of credits required for graduation: 39
    Total Tuition Fees: $78,000 ($2,000 per credit)
    To be paid in six instalments prior to the commencement of each trimester
  • Programme Structure
    Year 1
    1st Trimester (Jan - Apr)
    PSY 110P Biological Bases of Behaviour
    PSY 120P Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    2nd Trimester (May - Aug)
    PSY 103P Statistics for Social Sciences
    PSY 320P Motivation and Learning
    3rd Trimester (Sep - Dec)
    PSY 200P Social Psychology
    PSY 206P Research Methods and Design
    Year 2
    4th Trimester (Jan - Apr)
    PSY 204P Personality and Individual Differences
    PSY 205P Cognitive Psychology
    PSY 371P Research Project
    5th Trimester (May - Aug)
    PSY 300P Abnormal Psychology
    PSY 372P Research Project
    *Optional: one elective course
    6th Trimester (Sep - Dec)
    One to two elective course(s)
    Minimum Number of Credits for Graduation
    Elective Courses (Choose 2 from the following list in the 5th/6th Trimester)
    In the fields of Clinical and Counselling Psychology
    PSY304P Psychological Assessment
    CP400P Theories and Techniques in Counselling and Psychotherapy
    CP514P Psychotherapy I
    CP517P Culture and Individual Diversity
    In the fields of Educational Psychology
    PSY307P Educational Psychology
    COUN320P School Counselling
    COUN370P Counselling Students with Special Educational Needs
    CP507P Clinical Seminar: School Psychology and Counselling
    In the fields of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    PSY306P Business Psychology
    PSY309P Industrial and Organizational Psychology


  • Entrance Requirements

    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.

    Top-up Arrangement for SYU-operated PGDP
    Graduates and current students of the PGDP will be offered the opportunity to upgrade from post-graduate diploma to master's degree by completing the two electives (or six credits). The deadline of application was 25 January 2016.

    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 21 credits) of the total number of credits required for graduation.

  • Application Procedures

    Information Seminar

    The information seminar and a mock lecture titled “Interpersonal Attraction and Romantic Relationship” will be held on 8 September 2017 (Friday) at the Lecture Hall 303, 3/F, Lower Block, Research Complex at HKSYU. Please click here for registrartion.

    Application Procedures

    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 2018 cohort)

    13 October 2017           Deadline for Applications (Main Round)

    16-21 October 2017      Interview Days (Main Round)

    3 November 2017         Deadline for Applications (Second Round)

    6-11 November 2017    Interview Days (Second Round)

    * 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 3 November 2017 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: 2104 8270

  • Teaching Staff

    Dr. Bernard WONG P.H.
    Assistant Professor
    Programme Director
    Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

    Area of Research Interests:
    1. Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood
    2. Identity Development and Existential Anxiety
    3. Leadership and Personal Enrichment
    4. Positive Youth Development

    Dr. David KWAN P.L.
    Research Coordinator
    Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

    Area of Research Interests:
    1. Language Acquisition
    2. Developmental Dyslexia
    3. Developmental Psychology

    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. Jason CHOW T.S.
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

    Area of Research Interests:
    1. Implicit Theories
    2. Self-Control Behaviours
    3. The Impact of Physical Enviroment on Social Behavious
    4. Self-Regulation in Romantic Relationships

    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
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

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

    Dr. GANOTICE Fraide
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., De La Salle University

    Area of Research Interests:
    1. Youth development, learning and achievement
    2. Teaching and learning in higher education
    3. Teaching and assessment
    4. Teachers Education

    Dr. Nicolson SIU Y.F.
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Area of Research Interests:
    1. Human Cognition (Memory, exective functions, time perception)
    2. Neurological & Psychiatric Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Delusional Disorder)
    3. Psychological and Cognitve Interventions (Mind-body exercise, aerobic exercise, horticultural therapy, noture therapy)
    4. Pain Management

    Dr. Kenchi WONG C.K.
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., The University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Area of Research Interests:
    1. Individual Differences in the Workplace
    2. Occupational Safety and Health
    3. Occupational Stress
    4. Voluntary Workplace Behaviours
    5. Work-Family Balance


  • FAQ
    1) What is the differences between Master of Social Sciences in Psychology (MSS(PSY)) and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (PGDP)?
    The MSS(PSY) prepares students for entry into graduate studies in applied professional psychology via the introduction of specialist elective courses. Students in the MSS(PSY) programme must select two electives out of a list of 10 while electives are not available in the PGDP; and the Programme Intended Learning Outcomes of the MSS(PSY) have been expanded to reflect the opportunity to engage in greater depth of study in a specialist area provided by the addition of elective courses.
    2) Will I be offered a direct entry to Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology in HKSYU after I completed the Master of Social Sciences in Psychology?
    You will definitely be eligible to apply for the Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology programme offered at HKSYU. However, admission is contingent upon your performance four areas: the outcome of your undergraduate studies, the outcome of your studies in the master programme in psychology, your performance in a group interview, and your performance in an individual interview.
    3) How many classes are there in a week?

    As stated in the Programme Structure, MSS(PSY) students will take two taught courses per trimester. On average, a student can expect to come to campus twice per week. Classes will be held weeknights (7:00pm - 9:30pm) and might be held on selected Saturdays.

    4) Where are the classes to be held?

    Classes will be held on the campus of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, 10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill Road, North Point, Hong Kong.

    5) Does this programme offer tutorials? If not, is all class time in lecture format?

    Lecture time and tutorial time will be evenly split, i.e., each student will have equal contact time with the instructor in a lecture setting (maximum 35 students) and a tutorial setting (maximum 17-18 students).

    6) Is a practicum required or not?

    There is no practicum component in this programme. Please see Programme Structure for a list of all courses and research project components.

    7) Are the lectures in English?

    Yes, all lectures are to be taught in English.

    8) Is the MSS(PSY) approved by HKPS?

    The Hong Kong Psychological Society considers each application for graduate or other membership levels on a case-by-case basis. The HKPS does not accredit universities nor does it provide a list of approved programmes. More information can be had at their relevant page.



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