General Information

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.)

Please refer to the Webpage of Master of Social Sciences in Psychology for detail programme information.


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Candidates must
  1. have earned a bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honours or above from an accredited university in an area other than psychology, AND
  2. pass a take home entrance examination on Introductory Psychology composed primarily of multiple-choice and essay questions, AND
  3. 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:
  1. Overall score ≥ 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic); or
  2. 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
  3. Other equivalent qualifications are 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.

Important Dates (For January 2023 cohort)

1st Round Application Deadline : 22 October 2022
1st Round Interview : 31 October 2022 - 4 November 2022

2nd Round Application Deadline :23 November 2022
2nd Round Interview : 28 Novermber 2022 - 2 December 2022

* 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 2 December 2022 will only be considered on case-by-case basis subject to availability of spaces. You are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Dr. Jason CHOW T. S.

Assistant Professor
Programme Director
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong 
  • Self-Control
  • Motivation
  • Intimate relationship
Dr. Bobo LAU H. P.

Assistant Professor
MSSPSY Research Co-ordinator
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong
  • Gerontology
  • Community mental health
  • Chronic illnessess
  • Family caregiving
Dr. Patrick CONNOLLY J.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of South Africa
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Neuropsychoanalysis
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Systems Theory
  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia
  • Post-traumatic Stress 
Dr. Wai FU

Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong
  • Psychoanalysis Related Issues
  • Drug Addiction
  • Pathological Gambling
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Inquiries 
Dr. L. Y. LO

Associate Professor 
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong
  • Cognitive Components in Emotion Perception
  • Development of Emotion Regulation 
Contact Us

Programme Director:  Dr. Jason CHOW T. S. 

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