Applied Psychology

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

12 months
25241 USD/year
20764 USD/year
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This is a one-year Master's level programme for graduates with a psychology major who are looking for systematic training in the latest advances in assessment and practice methods applicable in various professional psychology settings.

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The programme aims to provide a well-balanced foundation in functional competencies in assessment, intervention, research and evaluation. Over 1 or 2 years, a solid identity as an applied psychologist with professional skills and knowledge will be built up.


The teaching faculty members from the Department of Applied Social Sciences have enjoyed a long history of being both active in leadership roles in the Hong Kong Psychological Society and as recipients of a number of successive multi-year and territory-wide research and consultancy programmes of policy priority in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. This background has made it possible for the development of a unique curriculum to include direct and innovative instructional strategies, and in some cases first-hand exposure to experimentation in large-scale successfully implemented programmes in education, health and social care.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Expressive Psychotherapy
  • Nurturing the Gifted & Talented: Instructional Models & Professional Practices
  • Parenting & Parent Development
  • Managing Practice in Organisations & Systems
  • Career Counselling: Theories & Practice
  • Workplace Counselling
  • Attentional Control & Social Adaptation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits

Initial Registration Credits:

  • 3 for local students
  • 6 for non-local students


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology.
  • Interviews may be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25241 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25241 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    20764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20764 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • For local students HK$161,400 per programme
  • For non-local students HK$196,200 per programme


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