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Social Sciences Psychology & Counselling

Advanced Certificate in Psychology

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

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Start Date
09 Apr 2024 (Tue)
Next intake(s)
1 year to 3 years
Course Fee
Deadline on 15 Mar 2024 (Fri)
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Would you like to be a psychologist? Would you like to learn more about yourself?

The Advanced Certificate in Psychology provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behaviours, We have supported many graduates of this course to pursue master's degree in psychology/counselling in Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

Some of the topics that you will learn in this course includes, 1) how people from different cultures react differently in negotiation, 2) how typical-developing children and children with learning difficulties learn differently, 3) the nature and definition of psychology. The modules will provide you with a general understanding of the discipline and better prepare you for advanced studies in psychology and other related disciplines.


This programme caters to practitioners in various fields such as education, business, human resources, nursing, and public services etc. who are seeking to enhance personal and/or professional development. For degree holders in a discipline other than psychology, the Advanced Certificate programme will provide a good understanding of the discipline and better prepare them for studies at a more advanced level.

This versatile course provides the opportunity for you to embark on a Psychology career or bring those skills to wide variety of other career paths. Based on personal merits and academic background (including your bachelor degree), holders of the Advanced Certificate in Psychology will be eligible to apply for the Master of Social Sciences in the field of Psychology from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions.

Programme Details

Upon completion of the Advanced Certificate in Psychology, students will be able to describe and explain major theoretical approaches in psychology. They are also expected to apply knowledge in psychology to different aspects of daily life such as understanding of oneself and others, work, and so on.


In general, modules will be assessed by coursework and written examination with the minimum attendance requirement of 75%.


Application Code 2180-CS004A -

Days / Time
  • Tuesday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • Thursday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • Saturday, 2:00pm - 6:00pm


There are 6 modules in this programme:

Abnormal Psychology 1


Developmental Psychology 2


Introduction to Psychology 3


Organizational Behavior 4


Personality Psychology 5


Social Psychology 6


1. Abnormal Psychology

This module aims to introduce to students the etiology (causes), symptoms, and treatment of various psychological disorders.  

2. Developmental Psychology 

This module introduces the major theories and concepts in the study of lifespan development: From infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, to late adulthood. 

3. Introduction to Psychology 

This module introduces the basic principles of psychology and offers a preliminary survey of representative works carried out in various areas of psychological investigation. 

4. Organizational Behaviou

This module introduces students to an area of psychology that studies human and group behaviours within organizations. 

5. Personality Psychology

This module examines how people are similar and how they differ in their thinking, feeling and behaviours. 

6. Social Psychology 

This module covers the key aspects of social psychology such as attraction, social beliefs, aggression, conformity, compliance, persuasion and so on. 


Class Details

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (normally 6:45p.m. - 9:45p.m.) and Saturday afternoons (normally 2:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.).

Progression Path

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall hold:

  1. an associate degree, higher diploma or advanced diploma; or
  2. an equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Applicants should be able to read & write in both English and Chinese.

*All applicants are subject to screening and final approval by the programme team.


Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$19800 (to be paid in 1 instalment)


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Advanced Certificate in Psychology
COURSE CODE 44K106098 FEES $16,500 ENQUIRY 2975-5865
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Advanced Certificate in Psychology

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4])


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Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit:

i) a completed application form*, ii) copies of academic certificates, iii) a copy of HKID card or passport, and iv) an application fee of HK$150  by crossed cheque (payable to “HKU SPACE”) to the following address:

             Ms Emma Ng
HKU SPACE, Unit 1109, 11/F, Fortress Tower,
250 King’s Road, North Point, H.K.
(Remarks: Application for the Advanced Certificate in Psychology)
* Application forms can be obtained from any HKU SPACE Learning Centres.