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Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology Programme plans to start on Jan 2013

01-06-2012

Dr. Greene Mark, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselling and Psychology and Director of the proposed Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology Programme

Hong Kong Shue Yan University is planning to offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology Programme (PGDP) in January 2013. Unlike similar programmes offered in Hong Kong, the one proposed by Shue Yan has a unique programme structure where students will be taught independently of existing undergraduate programmes.

Dr. Greene Mark, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselling and Psychology and Director of the proposed Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology Programme, said the University has submitted a proposal for a PGDP early this year to be reviewed and validated by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. The proposed PGDP sets out to provide an education for students who are holders of Bachelor’s degrees with Honours in fields other than psychology who intend to pursue Master’s level education or above in the field of psychology in Hong Kong or overseas.

“The Programme is equally suitable for graduate members of the workforce who are interested in upgrading their abilities and credentials for the purpose of enhancing job performance. Employee performance in a wide variety of industries such as law enforcement, human resource management, education, non-governmental organizations, advertising and business administration can be enhanced by acquiring a core understanding of psychology,” Dr. Greene said.

At present, there are two PGDPs in Hong Kong offered by the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong respectively, but Shue Yan’s PGDP is unique to the territory. According to Dr. Greene, Shue Yan’s PGDP is an “independent” programme – the programme is designed and developed to attain the requirements of Level 6 of the Qualifications Framework (QF) ; students will be independently taught and all courses are separate from the undergraduate programme courses.

“Teaching independently is very important to postgraduate students because, under such an arrangement, they are learning at a real postgraduate level,” said Dr. Greene.

Dr. Greene added, Shue Yan’s PGDP will emphasize lab-oriented, seminar-based, and student-centred teaching – about 50% of the teaching time is devoted to tutorials.

According to Dr. Greene, the mode of attendance of the PGDP is part-time and the duration of the programme is one year and eight months (five trimesters). Students need to obtain a total of 33 credits to graduate. The intake quota per annum is 25 – 35.  Students interested in finding out more are encouraged to visit the Department’s site under ‘Postgraduate’: http://www.hksyu.edu/counpsy/index_prog.htm

Proposed curriculum of the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology Programme

Source: 2012 May Issue

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