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Social Work

Programme Code
Study Period
Open for
Programme Code
Social Science
Study Period
4 Years
Open for
JUPAS / Non-JUPAS Year 1 / Mainland (Gaokao) / International
Programme Introduction

Social Work Programme – The Path to the Helping Profession

Accredited professionally by the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board (HKSWRB), the programme provides theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as analytical skills related to social work, at both the micro level (e.g. intervention skills training) and macro level (e.g. social policy advocacy) through a wide variety of teaching and learning activities, including lectures, tutorials, role plays, community-based learning, experiential learning and a practicum.

Our programme offers one-to-one supervision of the two required social work field placements in social service organisations during the period of study. Students are entitled to have one of the placements outside Hong Kong. Previous locations include Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Taiwan. Students are eligible to be Registered Social Workers (RSW) upon graduation.

Craft Your Path

Forge your educational odyssey by curating a curriculum that resonates with your vision.

  • Unleash Your Curiosity – Embrace the array of courses and chart a voyage of self-discovery.
  • Pathway to Mastery – Immerse yourself deeply in your chosen expertise, including social work practice for specific clientele(s), such as family, children, youth, older adults or people with special needs, or focus on macro social issues and policies.

Put your enthusiasm for human service and well-being to work through our Social Work Programme.

Career Prospects

Our Social Work programme offers experiential learning beyond the classroom, including overseas placements and study-abroad opportunities. We emphasizes theory-practice integration with a solid knowledge foundation and diverse placement opportunities. Graduates have a strong academic grounding and versatile practical skills, allowing them to thrive in different fields of social work practice. In past years, more than 90% of our graduates entered the social service sector. The remaining graduates chose a variety of careers in the education sector or public administration, or pursued advanced studies.

Employers include the HKSAR Government, the Hospital Authority, Caritas, Tung Wah Groups of Hospitals, Po Leung Kuk, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong, The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society, and St. James Settlement.

[Figures as of June 2023]

For those aspiring to elevate their career trajectory, postgraduate studies offer further opportunities. Our Faculty are committed to our students’ success and conduct career workshops that equip our students with essential skills and insights. Our Social Work programme moulds well-rounded professionals who are ready to devote themselves to the betterment of the world – locally and globally.

If you are interested in this programme, please review the application requirements and deadlines specific to the respective admission scheme to increase your chances of getting accepted.


More Information:

Department of Social Work

Department of Social Work, 4/F & 5/F, T.C. Cheng Building, United College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong

(852) 3943 7507