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Social Work - Mental Health, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months


They learn to respond proactively to the challenges of and changes in mental health problems in our society and to those encountered in working with clients with mental illness within social service fields in particular. Students are encouraged to integrate theory and practice from the medical, psychological and social work disciplines, thus allowing them to generate practice-based wisdom and insights for mental health practice.


This programme is specially designed for practising social workers, teachers, nurses and other human professionals. The specialism is offered on a mixed-mode basis, with the majority of subjects being taught in the evening. On completion of 21 credits (7 subjects), students can apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

This is one of the two specialisms under the Master of Arts in Social Work Programme. With a configuration of multiple subjects, the programme is the only one of its kind in postgraduate training in applied social sciences in Hong Kong. Allowing students from different specialisms to choose from the same pool of Elective Subjects is extremely important in promoting their competence to learn and practice in a multidisciplinary context, which is one of the characteristics of a well-rounded professional.

This programme provides students with a holistic and multidimensional perspective on understanding and working with individuals who are confronting mental health and mental illness issues. It embraces a humanistic and deep understanding of clients with mental problems. It also equips students with current knowledge of international trends in mental health practice. This enables them not only to gain knowledge and practice competence from prevalent clinical perspectives, but also to embrace a humanistic orientation to promote mental growth and mental health for individuals, families and communities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Adolescent & Mental Health
  • Mental Health & the Aged
  • Mental Health Practice
  • Occupational Mental Health
  • Psychopathology: Holistic & Humanistic Orientations
  • Integrative Project
  • Advanced Seminars in Human Services
  • Assessment & Instructional Strategies of Individuals with Learning Difficulties & Disabilities
  • Brief Therapy
  • Career Counselling: Theories & Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in social work, social sciences or related disciplines.

Work Experience

Relevant work experience is desirable.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    716 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 716 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    588 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 588 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
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  • HK$4,600 per credit for local students
  • HK$5,600 per credit for non-local students

Living costs for Hong Kong

  • 13720 - 23420 HKD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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