Master of Social Work

Offered by Hong Kong Baptist University, in collaboration with Macao Polytechnic Institute.

Programme Objectives
The Master of Social Work is delivered in a two year part-time format as a postgraduate social work programme. It is designed for those who have received undergraduate training in social work and wish to advance their knowledge and skills in general, particularly with respect to youth work or mental health practice. The programme, with its main structure kept intact, has been continuously strengthened with new academic input and the ongoing introduction of new courses addressing rising challenges confronted by social work practitioners and users in the field, such as substance abuse, abusive intimate relations among young people, domestic violence and tragedies involving people with mental illness. The programme places emphasis on small-class teaching which can facilitate learning with a more personal interaction both among students and between students and staff.

Mode of Study:Part-time

Duration:2 years


Teaching Medium:English 

Study Plan

Type No. of teaching hours
Integrative courses      
Research & Programme Evaluation Compulsory 39
Human Diversity & Cultural Differences Compulsory 39
Social Work in a Changing Social Context Compulsory 39
Critical Management Practice Compulsory 39
Concentration courses      
Youth & Cultural Practice Compulsory 39
Critical Youth Work Compulsory 39
Youth at the Margins: Theory & Practice Compulsory 39
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Elective 39
Narrative Approach to Counselling Elective 39
Dissertation Compulsory 78 6

In order to graduate students must successfully complete a programme of study of 30 units. This should comprise four integrative courses, four concentration courses and a dissertation.

Teaching Location
First year at Hong Kong Baptist University; second year at Macao Polytechnic Institute.

Requirements for Award
In order to graduate, students must successfully complete a programme of study of 30 units. On successful completion of the programme and compliance with all other relevant requirements, the candidate will be awarded a Master’s degree from the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Entry Requirements

1. Applicants should possess:
A bachelor's degree in social work* from a recognized university or equivalent; and
Preferably 2 years of work experience in social work or in an equivalent field.
2. Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose bachelor’s/master’s degrees are obtained from non-English medium institutions. These applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for English proficiency:
an overall band score of 6.0 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
a score of 537 (paper-based test) or 203 (computer-based test) or 74 (internet-based test) in TOEFL; or
an equivalent score on a comparable test.
* Usually a good second class degree is required, but applicants with outstanding work experience may be considered. This programme is not designed to support its graduates to apply for registration as registered social workers (RSW) in Hong Kong or Macao.


1. Application and recommendation forms can be obtained from the Registry of Macao Polytechnic Institute (room A101, Chi Un Building).
2. Your completed application forms should be accompanied by:
a) Photocopies of identity document;
b) Photocopies of degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) for academic qualification(s);
c) Two confidential recommendation forms;
d) Application fee of HK$400 (bank draft made payable to “Hong Kong Baptist University”). Please write down your name on the back of bank draft.
3. All the documents should be submitted to the Registry of Macao Polytechnic Institute (Office hours: 09:00-19:00). Applicants could delegate someone else to submit the application documents. Late submissions will not be accepted.


1. Application fee payable to Hong Kong Baptist University: HK$400.00 (non-refundable).
2. All tuition fees are payable to Hong Kong Baptist University. The total amount of tuition fees is HK$84,200 (non-refundable). Payment is made on a semester by semester basis.
3. Students are responsible for transportation, accommodation and/or any other costs incurred for participating in activities occurring at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Accepted applicants are required to complete their registration at Hong Kong Baptist University and Macao Polytechnic Institute.

The commencement of this Programme has been approved by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of Macao SAR in 2013 (Despacho do Secretário para os Assuntos Sociais e Cultura n.º 297/2013).