Information Seminar for Potential Applicants ( No registration required )
Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology
Date: January 4, 2014 (SAT)
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong
The next class will commence their studies in September of 2014. The closing date of application is February 7, 2014.
The basic academic requirement for admission is an honor’s degree in Psychology (or its equivalent). Prospective applicants holding an honor’s degree outside the field of psychology are required to complete a post-graduate certificate or diploma in psychology to meet this academic requirement. Information about HKU’s Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology Program can be found at http://www.psychology.hku.hk/index.php?rpath=pcp_faqs
Major criteria for admission into our master’s program in clinical psychology include academic preparation, quality of research experience, personal maturity and motivation, communication skills, relevant work experiences, and understanding of clinical psychology. We base our admission decisions on multiple sources of information, including grades and program of study, the opinions of the reference letter writers, admission essays (or statements) written by the applicants, and applicants’ performance at interviews. Applicants are encouraged to submit any information which they think may strengthen their applications, such as work experience and academic work beyond the first degree.
The GRE General Test will be required if applicants earned their educational qualification in psychology (honor’s degree, post-graduate certificate/diploma) outside Hong Kong. (Applicants who earned an honor’s degree in psychology in Hong Kong or a postgraduate certificate/diploma in psychology in Hong Kong are not required to take the GRE General Test.) GRE score reports should be sent to the Department of Psychology (Attn: Admission Advisor, M.Soc.Sc. in Clinical Psychology), The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. Further information about the GRE can be obtained by writing to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, USA, or by perusing the GRE website (http://www.gre.org). Applicants are responsible for verifying the information on registration, test dates, and institution codes. Applicants are advised to write the GRE General Test in advance of the application deadline so that their scores will arrive in time for our review of application files in February. Please note that applicants’ GRE General Test scores, if required, are considered in conjunction to other relevant information in the selection process. We have not established “cut-off” scores.
It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure that their applications and all relevant supporting documents arrive at our university by the application deadline. The Admission Committee reserves the right not to consider late and/or incomplete applications. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews in March.
Admission into our program is highly competitive. Meeting our basic admission requirements does NOT guarantee admission. In 2012, our master’s program in clinical psychology received nearly 270 applications. We were only able to admit 19 students. Admitted students typically have very good academic preparation (e.g., holding an upper second class honor’s degree or above in a strong psychology program), solid research experience (e.g., having completed an honor’s thesis in psychology or an equivalent empirical research project), very strong letters of recommendation, excellent interpersonal and language skills, and a good understanding of clinical psychology.
Applications can be made online at http://www.asa.hku.hk/admissions/tpg starting from early January 2014 (only on-line applications are accepted). Programme information, regulations and syllabuses can also be obtained from this website. For application procedure and technical difficulties in completing the on-line application form, please contact the Academic Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each applicant is also required to request two academic referees to write a report and forward the report direct in a sealed envelope to the Admissions Advisor, Clinical Psychology Programme, Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the referees' reports reach the University no later than one week after the closing date of applications. ( Download referee's report pdf / doc )
Enquires regarding the application process should be directed to Ms. Doris Fung (3917 5866; email@example.com). Please note that answers to frequently asked questions about admissions into postgraduate programs at the University of Hong Kong can be found at http://www.asa.hku.hk/admissions/tpg/frontpage/FAQ.htm.
Detailed information about our master’s program in clinical psychology can be found at the following web pages:
Further information regarding our master’s program in clinical psychology may be obtained from Dr. B. C. Y. Lo, Assistant Professor and Admissions Director, through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). However, please read through the materials in the above-mentioned web pages THOROUGHLY FIRST before contacting her. Oftentimes, information requested can readily be found in these web pages.
Useful information about the field of clinical psychology in Hong Kong can be found at http://www.dcp.hkps.org.hk/
Financial assistance is available for full-time postgraduate students. Enquiries should be made to the Student Financial Assistance Agency, 11/F & 12/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon.
Last updated: November, 2013