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Social Sciences are broad disciplines that examine factors in affecting individuals and theories in explaining issues of the society. It helps us explore many hot social issues in Hong Kong, such as antisocial behaviours, high-stress educational system, domestic violence, marital strife, political turmoil and elderly welfare. The School continuously seeks innovative programmes to address these concerns, including short courses in negotiation training, conflict management, adventure-based leadership, and similar targeted programmes are also extended to top-up Social Sciences degree in part-time mode.

Social Sciences Programmes

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Applied psychology is the use of theory and findings in psychology to solve practical problems in important areas of the human environment, including education, health, the workplace, and so on. This programme is designed to help participants apply cutting-edge theory to real-world situations. It is made up of different registered psychologists and other related specialists to deliver a powerful curriculum that explores a range of human behaviors, including how to motivate individuals and organizations, how to assess and improve performance and how to pursue healthy lives.
Start 01 NOV 2023 (WED)
Duration 6 months
Fee HK$8,200
Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
This is a part-time degree programme offered locally by Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) in collaboration with HKU SPACE. It offers students an opportunity to study different social science disciplines such as psychology, sociology, cultural geography and politics, which enable them to develop a detailed understanding of, and the research skills to investigate, the social world, relationships within it and the social forces that act on us all. This knowledge and specialist skills will be particularly useful to employers across all sectors.
Start To be advised
Duration 2 years
Fee HKD20,200 per instalment (Total 6 instalments in 2 years)

**Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change without prior notice.
The course aims to give participants an overview of the development of the funeral industry not just in Hong Kong but also in various parts of the world, emphasizing the global trend, challenges and issues faced by the industry, along with related opportunities in Hong Kong. Participants will be introduced to modern funeral concepts, the service-oriented philosophy, and the integration of technology, environment, and art to facilitate sustainable, modern funerals. In addition, the course aims to acquaint participants with the skills involved in communicating with the bereaved, not just covering the dos and don’ts in the process but allowing more idea exchange and discussion.
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With the COVID-19 outbreak, we have transformed into totally different lifestyles in “the New Normal”. This programme is a timely attempt to address the pressing concerns of people in surviving and finding optimal equilibrium states of psychological wellbeing in achieving the new work-life balance and wellness in the post-COVID recovery. It empowers individuals, especially parents and teachers and carers who are interested with new positioning and discoveries in the digital lives’ mode as manifested in remote working and other new paradigms. This new adventure enables students to discover their strengths and weaknesses, virtues, and vices, as well as their hopes and despairs among these circumstances with the application of psychological theories of resilience and adaptability.
Start 03 OCT 2023 (TUE)
Duration 40 hours
Fee Course Fee : HK$7,200
This programme is specially designed for those who are interested in acquiring knowledge in the key areas of counselling. The modules will provide students with a general understanding of the discipline and training in basic counselling skills.
Start 10 OCT 2023 (TUE)
Duration 1 year
Fee HK$16,500
The Advanced Certificate in Psychology is a part-time study programme primarily designed for those who are interested to acquire foundation knowledge in some key areas of psychology, including social psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, organizational behavior and personality psychology. The modules will provide students with a general understanding of the discipline and better prepare them for advanced studies in psychology and other related disciplines.
Start 10 OCT 2023 (TUE)
Duration 1 year to 3 years
This programme aims to provide students with a broad-based social sciences training for personal and career development, and  a general understanding of the discipline of counselling / psychology and better prepare them for advanced studies in the related disciplines.

The Advanced Diploma in Applied Social Sciences consists of 2 streams, i.e. Counselling and Psychology. Students who choose the Counselling stream will be awarded an Advanced Diploma in Applied Social Sciences (Counselling) upon successful completion of the programme. Those who choose the Psychology stream will be awarded an Advanced Diploma in Applied Social Sciences (Psychology) upon successful completion of the programme.
Start 10 OCT 2023 (TUE)
Duration 2 years
Fee Application Fee
HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
HK$53,000 (to be paid in 2 installments)
The Certificate in Positive Psychology programme provides an introduction to the core concepts and fundamental principles of positive psychology, including its philosophical approach and its practical applications. Throughout the programme, students explore the research and practice that make up the foundation of positive psychology. The implementation of positive psychology based exercises may contribute to positive mental wellness, increasing psychological assets and resourcefulness.
Start 06 DEC 2023 (WED)
Duration 8 months
Fee Course Fee: HK$13,000
本課程旨在讓學員認識丹尼遜健腦操® 的基礎內容,讓有意使用的人士,如職業治療師、心理學家、輔導員、社工、教師等,掌握並適當運用丹尼遜健腦操®
開課日期 待定
修業期 36小時
課程費用 HK$7,950
開課日期 2023年11月1日 (星期三)
修業期 2個星期
課程費用 HK$805