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The aims of this program are:
- To become reflective practitioners who are able to assess changing social needs and adapt their own performance accordingly.
- To become self-directed learners, recognising personal educational needs, selecting appropriate learning resources and evaluating progress.
- To develop specialised knowledge and skills at an advanced level to match up with the emerging social needs and problems in all their complexity and extensiveness.
- To be able to assess critically professional activities and advocate for appropriate reforms in the system.
- To acquire the competence as a researcher-practitioner, so as to enrich one's knowledge base for the development of new policies and interventions for emerging issues.
- To be able to recognise, maintain and develop professional identity to ensure the contribution of the profession in the changing times.
- To be "research literate" - to criticise, use and promote relevant research; and to be able to think theoretically - to criticise, use and promote the development of social work theory.
|Integrative courses||12 units|
|Human Diversity and Cultural Differences||3 units|
|Research & Programme Evaluation||3 units|
|Social Work in a Changing Social Context||3 units|
|Critical Management Practice||3 units|
|Specialisation courses||9 units|
|Students must choose ONE of the specialisations below:|
|Youth Work Specialisation|
|Youth & Cultural Practice||3 units|
|Critical Youth Work||3 units|
|Youth at the Margins: Theory & Practice||3 units|
|Mental Health Practice Specialisation|
|Mental Health, Mental Disorder & Social Work||3 units|
|Crisis Management and Integrated Mental Health Practice||3 units|
|Working with Families with Mental Health Issues||3 units|
|Elective courses||9 units|
|Child & Adolescent Mental Health||3 units|
|Family Therapy||3 units|
|Narrative Approach to Counselling||3 units|
|Globalization and Community Development Practice||3 units|
Applicants should possess:
- a bachelor’s degree in Social Work* from a recognised university or equivalent
(Usually a good second class degree is required, but applicants with outstanding work experience may be considered)
Language Proficiency Requirement
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 74 (internet-based test) in TOEFL; or
- an equivalent score on a comparable test.
Preferably with 2 years of work experience in the field of social work or equivalent.
The Government offers financial assistance in the form of non-means-tested loan to all students. The beneficiaries are expected to repay their loans within a specified period after graduation.
Scholarships are bestowed upon selected recipients including new students on the basis of academic merits and other criteria stipulated by the donors.