Associate of Social Science in Applied Psychology

Psychology is the study of the ways human think and behave. It plays an intricate part in our daily experiences. If you are interested in exploring how humans think, act, and interact with others, this programme is for you. Subjects in this programme will help you apply classroom learning into real-life situations. They aim at equipping you with the necessary qualifications and skills to continue your studies beyond the associate degree, preparing you as ideal candidates to a wide range of exciting professions in human health and services, education, business, human resources, sales and marketing or to do research in the field of psychology specializing in areas such as clinical, educational, industrial and organizational, counselling, sports, and forensic psychology.



Social Sciences






Telford Annex





2 years



63 CPS 



Associate Degree  





Admission, entry requirements and fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. How you apply will depend on your student type.
  • Local applicant applying for Associate Degree programmes via E-APP or other means
  • Non local applicants

Click here for more information on admissions procedures.

Programme Specific entry requirements

  • No programme specific entry requirements

General entry requirements


Application Fee

$150 for programme/programmes chosen in EACH FACULTY (can apply for a maximum of three programmes within one faculty)

Tuition Fee

All Full-time Associate Degree/Higher Diploma students are required to take 63 credits in two years at HK$1,600 per credit. Total tuition fees for two years are about HK$100,800.

For Associate of Social Science in Social Work, students are required to take a total of 74 credits, with 38 credits of social work courses at HK $2,600 per credit, 21 credits of General Education at HK $1,600 per credit, and 15 credits of fieldwork placement at HK $2,500 per credit. Total tuition fees for two years are about HK $169,900.

Other Fee

A Graduation Fee of $400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

  •  Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000


  •  Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

Enquiries:        2150 6222


  •  Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277


Programme outcomes and structure

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Analyse the major psychological concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in human processes and behaviours;
2. Apply psychological approaches and use appropriate information technology in gathering and analyzing data, solving problems, and developing initiatives within various personal and professional settings;
3. Apply the knowledge of Social Science in personal, socio-political, cultural, and professional context;
4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on psychology related issues; and;
5. Relate the major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology to psychology.

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality psychology
  • Applied psychology research methods workshop
  • Social psychology
  • Learning and cognition
  • Biological psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Concepts and theories of counselling

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name
Semester A, Year 1
CGE1000 (1500) English for Academic Studies A or B
CGE14111 Critical Thinking
DSS10401 Introduction to Psychology
DSS12210 Gender and Sexuality
DSS12211 Understanding Health and Ageing
Semester B, Year 1
DSS10621 Developmental Psychology
DSS10623 Social Psychology
DSS22232 Biological Psychology
DSS22234 Fundamentals in Research Methods
CGE General Education
Semester A, Year 2
CGE2002 English Professional Communication Skills for Social Science
DSS20162 Abnormal Psychology
DSS20670 Concepts and Theories of Counseling
DSS22222 Applied Psychology Research Methods Workshop
CGE General Education
Semester B, Year 2
CGE1200 Practical Chinese
CGE23216 Environment and Technology
DSS22223 Personality Psychology
DSS22227 Learning and Cognition
DSS22229 Criminal Offenders and Victims of Crime
DSS22235 Industrial and Organizational Behaviour

CGE General Education courses:

At least one chosen from Arts and Humanities and one from Science and Technology. At least two electives must be Level A2.


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Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language and Speech Sciences
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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Counselling and Psychology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Gender Studies
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Government and Public Administration
Bachelor of Science in Gerontology
Bachelor of Nursing
The Education University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology
Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Special Needs)
The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Politics and Public Administration
  • Marketing research
  • Business and administration
  • Social service and social care
  • Health care
  • Counselling
  • Children and youth work
  • Education and training.

Any enquiries relating to the ASocScAP programme should be directed to the Programme Leader, Ms Rita Yeung.

Contact Us

Faculty of Social Sciences

Telephone: (852) 3442 9764
Fax: (852) 3442 0162

Address: FW 407A, 4/F, Festival Walk Tower, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

[Kowloon Tong MTR Station Exit C2]

Telford Annex

Telephone: (852) 2707 9440
Fax: (852) 2707 4243

Address: NO. 33 Wai Yip Street, Telford Garden, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

[Kowloon Bay MTR Station Exit B]

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