The Master of Social Work (MSW) creates a synergistic learning environment that prepares students to integrate technology with conventional social work practice through courses, research projects, university labs, field placements, and supervision. Graduates of the programme will be imbued with the perspective of forward-thinking practitioners equipped with the knowledge, skills, and ethical foundations necessary to leverage technology in ways that positively impact their clients and transform the field of social work in the present and future. Graduates would be eligible to apply for the Registered Social Worker (RSW) status with the Social Work Registration Board (SWRB).
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- Equip non-social work degree holders with required professional social work knowledge, innovative technologies, and digital practice skills, enabling them to address the increasingly complicated socio-economic changes in the community.
- Develop students’ sense of social responsibility and integrity in upholding the core values and ethics of the social work profession.
- Enhance global and regional outlook and develop students’ management competencies to contribute to the sustainable development of society through the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work practice.
- Enable students to draw on their prior academic training to contribute to and apply interdisciplinary practices and research to serve people from diverse backgrounds and create social impact.
Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
- Apply and elaborate advanced social work knowledge and skills as well as digital practice with informed professional judgment and ethical adherence to address and handle complex case situations and social issues.
- Develop and defend professional identity in executing the roles and responsibilities of a social worker with integrity and accountability, exercising professional values and ethics in all practices.
- Appraise leadership, management knowledge, and skills in problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution, leading to the well-being of service users and the advancement of social justice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
- Design interdisciplinary research-based practice and make use of practice-based research to produce measurable impact and positive changes at individual and community levels.
- Analyze, criticize, and interpret complex social issues and policies that affect different sectors of society at local, regional, and global levels.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Social Work should:
- possess a bachelor’s degree with first or second-class honors from a recognized local or overseas university. Preference will be given to applicants who have attained undergraduate training in a social science discipline. The minimum GPA for a non-honors degree should be 3.0 out of 4.0.
- submit a personal statement describing their motivation for applying for the MSW programme and outlining their future professional development plan.
Admission interviews will be conducted to select suitable applicants for the programme. The interviewers will evaluate the applicants in terms of their language fluency, presentation skills, attitude, knowledge of current affairs, and basic knowledge of social work.
Non-standard admission will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students who graduated from a non-social science degree programme will be required to attend a non-credit course “Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare” at QF Level 4.
Applicants whose entrance qualification is issued by an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
- Overall band score ≥ 6.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic) test; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (Paper-based Test) or 79 (Internet-based Test) or 213 (Computer-based Test); or
- Other equivalent qualifications that are acceptable to the University (e.g., Duolingo English Test with a score of 95 or above).
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.
The program includes a practicum component that requires interaction with local social service users, so proficiency in Cantonese is preferred.