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.

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.
Application Period

Important Dates (For January Intake)

1st Round Application Deadline : Late October

1st Round Interview : Early November 

2nd Round Application Deadline : Late November

2nd Round Interview : Early December

Teachers List and Research Interests
Dr. Jason CHOW T.S. 
Assistant Professor Programme Director
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong 
Dr. David KWAN P.L.
Senior Lecturer Research Coordinator Ph.D.,
The University of Hong Kong 
  • Language Acquisition
  • Developmental Dyslexia
  • Developmental Psychology 
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 
Dr. Nicolson SIU Y.F.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Human Cognition (Memory, executive functions, time perception)
  • Neurological & Psychiatric Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Delusional Disorder)
  • Psychological and Cognitive Interventions (Mind-body exercise, aerobic exercise, horticultural therapy, noture therapy)
  • Pain Management 
Dr. PANG, Lan-sze
Associate Professor of Practice
Ph.D. (Counselling Psychology, Southern Illinois University)
  • Vocational psychology (strength-based, post-modern career counselling & assessment)
  • Career and identity development of college students, mid-life adults and ethnic minorities
  • Experiential training in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Indigenization of multicultural counselling training
  • Psycholinguistic phenomenology in counselling encounters
Dr. Kenchi WONG C.K.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Individual Differences in the Workplace
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Occupational Stress
  • Voluntary Workplace Behaviours 
  • Work-Family Balance
Contact Us


Programme Director:  Dr. Jason CHOW T.S. 
Programme Specific Enquiry:
Tel: (852)2806 7332
Fax: (852)2806 8044
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