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 detailed programme information.

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. 

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.

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. 
Contact Us

Programme Director:  Dr. LAM, Yin-Hung Bess

Programme Specific Enquiry:
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