香港大学

Social Work and Social Administration

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Director’s Message

With a strong commitment to be the leading institution in the region, the Department of Social Work and Social Administration (SWSA) of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has actively worked to create a multidisciplinary and intellectually inspiring environment to train competent social workers, conduct high-quality research, and accumulate professional knowledge. Built upon a dynamic and robust research culture, the SWSA Department has clustered its research activities into seven major research themes:

  • Ageing and gerontology
  • China studies
  • Families, children and youth
  • Family violence and child welfare
  • Health and mental health
  • Poverty
  • Social policy, planning and community building
  • Youth policy

Some other topics of interests are:

  • Demographic studies
  • Expressive Art and Dance-movement therapies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Labour migration and social protection
  • Life and death education
  • Newly arrived immigrants and assimilation and acculturation
  • Social work education

Our Department is the largest academic department in HKU’s Faculty of Social Sciences and is one of the largest social work educational units in the region. We have 23 faculty members with diverse backgrounds and expertise in research ranging from psycho-social-spiritual intervention to social policy. They collaborate closely with the local community and engage in regional and international research to promote human well-being and good governance through evidence-based social welfare policies. Members of our department are also the directors of three HKU research centres founded to conduct international and community based psychosocial research and to promote the integration between research, teaching, practice and knowledge exchanges. These centres are:

These Centres have been developing studies for innovative intervention which have significant impact on the community, locally and internationally.

Professor Paul SF Yip
Chairperson
Department Research Postgraduate Committee

Features

Our department is the largest academic department in HKU’s Faculty of Social Sciences and is one of the largest social work educational units in the region. We have 23 faculty members with diverse backgrounds and expertise in research ranging from psycho-social-spiritual intervention to social policy. They collaborate closely with the local community and engage in regional and international research to promote human well-being and good governance through evidence-based social welfare policies. Members of our department are also the directors of three HKU research centres founded to conduct international and community based psychosocial research and to promote the integration between research, teaching, practice and knowledge exchanges.

A Diverse Student Population

Currently, we have 90 postgraduate students (both part-time and full-time), making ours one of the largest postgraduate programs in the faculty and in the University. We have attracted many international students to join our program. Thus far, about 40% of our postgraduates come from prestigious universities in China, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Renmin University, Nanjing University, Fudan and Nankai University. We also have a number of students from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Israel, Taiwan, Singapore, Turkey and Australia.

Topics of study conducted by our department cover a wide range of issues, including mental health, social policy, deviant behaviour and psychosocial treatment in both local and international contexts. We have also established academic exchange and research activities with many esteemed international universities.

All of our graduates will make a significant impact in their communities.

The department offers supervision for M.Phil. /Ph.D. candidates in the following sub-disciplines within the field: aging and gerontology; families, children and youth; family violence and child welfare; gender and sexuality; health and mental health; demography and population studies; social policy, planning and community building. The degrees may be taken on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Applicants who have a good Bachelor’s degree with honours and/or a taught Master’s degree will be considered for admission to a 4-year PhD programme, whereas those who already hold a research Master’s degree (e.g. MPhil) will only be considered for admission to a 3-year PhD programme.

Applicants for 4-year PhD programme will be required to follow an approved course of study and research, including coursework on discipline-specific knowledge, language and research skills. The coursework component is well designed to equip students for their research work and thesis writing. Candidates for 3-year PhD programme may also be required to take courses and satisfy coursework requirements. Please click here for details of the coursework requirements.

English requirements of the application:
https://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/guide2021/5-1.html

Documents for application
A research proposal with 5000-8000 words which can demonstrate your research ability must be enclosed in the application. The quality of the proposal is of paramount importance. Our Department Research Postgraduate Committee will consider your admission based on the quality of the proposal and academic performance.

Here is a guideline for writing a research proposal:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Applicant’s number
  • Proposed supervisor
  • Proposed topic / title of research
  • Abstract
  • Background
  • Literature review
  • Theoretical framework
  • Research problems/questions
  • Objectives of the study
  • Research plan and methodology
  • Outcomes and Value
  • Key references

Please scan and upload the proposal with the following documents for our consideration

  • Academic Transcript(s) of Degree Program(s)
  • Certificate(s) of Degree Program(s)
  • Result of English Language Proficiency Test
  • 2 Referee reports

Information for RPg admission:
http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/prospective-students/how-to-apply

Important notes for online application:
http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/rola/online-application-for-mphil-phd-admission

FAQ regarding RPg admission:
http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/faq

To check the status of your application, please visit  http://www.hku.hk/gradsch/status.

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