The Master of Social Sciences in Crime Control and Social Policy Studies (MSScCCSPS) Programme explores how the disciplines of criminology, penology, social policy studies and psychology contribute to the control of crime and the enhancement of social well-being in society at both the macro and micro levels. More specifically, this programme aims to
  • equips learners with fundamental conceptual knowledge in the fields of criminology, penology and social policy studies, and the interconnectedness in the realms of crime control, criminal justice and social policy studies at the macro level;
  • introduces the psychological approach to examine the human dynamics and issues in settings that are relevant to crime control, policing and social welfare at the micro level; and,
  • enable learners, especially those working in the related fields, such as police officers, practitioners in other disciplined forces or private security companies, social workers, etc., to achieve an in-depth understanding on the theoretical and practical issues in the control of crime and the improvement of social welfare in society.
Mode of Study
Face-to-face teaching
1-year full-time / 2-year part-time
Language of Instruction
English, supplemented with Chinese
Entry Requirement
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September every year
Tuition Fee
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Program structure
Students pursuing the MSScCCSPS programme must successfully complete 60 credits as followed:
(a) 50 credits from the following core courses:
Social Policy Analysis: Theory and Issues (10)
Criminology and Penology: Theory and Application (10)
Crime Control and Social Policy: Issues and Debates (10)
Applied Psychology in Context (10)
Research Methods and Application (10)
(b) 10 credits from the following elective courses**:
Selected Crime Issues in Chinese Societies (5)
Social Policy and Social Order (5)
Criminal Justice and Crime Control: a Comparative Study (5)
Psychology and Policing (5)
** Elective courses will be offered depending on demand and available expertise.
Mode of Course Delivery
The courses in the programme will be taught through a face-to-face mode. Students enrolled in the MSScCCSPS programme are expected to complete the study in either one academic year on a full-time basis or two academic years on a part-time basis. Part-time students who need more than two years to finish the Master’s programme will need to seek approval from the Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
Entry requirements:
(a)  a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from a recognised tertiary education institution, or equivalent; or
(b)  a Bachelor’s degree in non-social sciences disciplines with proven working experience in social welfare or crime control sectors and other related fields.
Applicants whose bachelor's degrees are obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
  • A TOEFL score of 525 (paper-based test) or 196 (computer-based test) or 70 (internet-based test); or
  • An overall band score of 5.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic); or
  • A College English Test (CET-6) score of PRC, normally not lower than 430; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications in English.
Dr Vincent Cheng 鄭誠博士
Tel: 2768 5739
Mr Chan Wai-leung 陳緯樑先生
Tel: 2768 5737

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Modified Date: Nov 22, 2017