BSocSc Social Work


Academic Year of Entry 2023/24
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1303A
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
Local Places : click here (for JUPAS and non-JUPAS)

Non-local Places : click here
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years (for advanced standing I)
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Major Leader
Dr YEUNG Wai Keung Jerf
BSW (CityU), MA (HKUST), PhD (PolyU); Registered Social Worker (Hong Kong)
General Enquiries

Our Target

This major is designed for applicants wishing to pursue a career in social work, a helping profession that promotes human and community well-being, underpinned by a commitment to uphold human dignity, social justice and social changes. The programme produces social work practitioners who are competent, reflective, and ethical in professional practice.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

An admission interview is required for applicants to the Social Work major. Interview priority will be given to applicants who have exhibited promising performance in public examinations and/or extra-curricular activities.  Strong evidence of your personal qualities, community participation and sustained involvement in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are desirable to support your application.

HKDSE students will apply through JUPAS (JS1110, JS1111, JS1112, JS1113).


Major Selection

Our programme looks for students who have leadership, social awareness, maturity and with volunteer service experiences. The prerequisites required for admission to Social Work major are two: all applicants have to (1) produce a personal statement; (2) attend an interview hold by the Department.

Curriculum Structure


For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue’ (Note: The catalogue for the 2022 cohort is for reference only. The 2023 catalogue will be published around July 2023.)

What You Will Be Studying

This major enables students to evaluate and align their personal values with the value base of the social work profession, and to acquire knowledge, skills, understanding and competence in reflective professional practice. Upon successful completion of this major, student should be able to:

  • evaluate and align their personal values with the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practise accordingly;
  • integrate the liberal arts perspective that enriches understanding of the person-in-environment context of professional practice with critical analysis and assessment of interpersonal, bio-psycho-social, cultural and environmental factors;
  • explain the use of comparative theories of working with individuals and families, groups, organisations and communities;
  • use communication skills differentially and creatively across client populations, colleagues and communities;
  • apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes and integrate new ideas into practice;
  • demonstrate the skills to practice without discrimination, with respect and knowledge of clients’ characteristics, cultural beliefs and contexts;
  • apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice;
  • describe the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply advocacy and social change strategies that advance social and economic justice;
  • conduct research studies and evaluate and apply research findings to provide creative solutions to practice within the community, with an aim to engage in evidence-based practice; and
  • demonstrate knowledge, understanding and competence in practice through reflection to accomplish discovery and innovation in social work practice.

Based on its learning objectives, this major has the following main components:

  • College Core Courses
  • Social Work Core Courses
  • Social Work Elective Courses
  • Concurrent Practicum

Please refer to the Departmental homepage for further details on these courses:

Start Your Career Here

Upon graduation, you will have the competence to practise as a professionally qualified social worker in a variety of settings through which human services are delivered (e.g. social services agencies, schools and health care institutions); work in the field of human resources (e.g. customer service and staff training); or pursue further studies in social work or related fields (e.g. psychology and education). You will also be eligible to apply for social work positions as a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in government and non-government organisations.

Professional Recognition


Graduates are qualified to register with the Social Workers Registration Board as Registered Social Workers (RSW). This qualification is recognised by the majority of societies throughout the world.

Bonus Features

  • For every year since 2015, 10 full-time undergraduate social work students will be awarded HKD 25,000 each under the HSBC Social Work Scholarship Scheme.
  • Starting from 2018, students with outstanding academic performance can apply for non-local fieldwork placement at other countries/cities, such as United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, etc.
  • Access to a rich array of co-curricular activities, such as student exchanges, summer internships, study tours, volunteer services and other whole person development activities, and the like.
  • Opportunities to work alongside teachers in research and action learning projects locally or overseas.
  • Minor studies in psychology, applied sociology and criminology are offered to students within the Department.
  • Minor studies in disciplines outside the Department are also offered to students.

Did You Know?

~Over the past 10 years:
• Seven colleagues at the Department have won the Teaching Excellence Award in the University on eight occasions; two Social Work colleagues also won the UGC Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
• Five Social Work colleagues won the CLASS’ Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Award in 2020/21, 2018/19, 2014/15 and 2013/2014, respectively.
• Two social work students won the Champion of Discovery Enriched Curriculum DEC (individual) competition held by CLASS in 2016 and 2018.
• Eleven of our Social Work graduates have won the Outstanding Social Workers Award, five of whom were winners of the New Outstanding Social Workers Award. In 2020-21, one outstanding social worker and one outstanding new social worker were our graduates. The event was organised by the Hong Kong Social Workers’ Association.
• The Department has sponsored over 300 students in cross-cultural learning programmes and internships outside Hong Kong;
• More than twenty students who studied under the exchange programme at the University of Houston have been granted scholarships to pursue a Master in Social Work.
• More than 100 students have received scholarships to study overseas under the Academic Exchange Programme.