Doctor of Psychology in the field of Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology is a scientific discipline that aims to understand, prevent, and relieve psychological distress and dysfunctions, as well as to promote well-being and personal development. Clinical Psychologists are mostly employed in hospitals, government sectors (e.g. Department of Health, Social Welfare Department etc.) , counseling services units and voluntary organisations. Daily duties of clinical psychologists include conducting psychological assessment, psychological intervention and counseling, giving public educational talks, providing staff training and consultation, as well as conducting scientific research. The Department of Psychology of HKU offers three postgraduate programmes in clinical psychology, including the Master of Social Science in the field of Clinical Psychology Programme, The Doctor of Psychology in the field of Clinical Psychology Programme and the PhD with Specialization in Clinical Psychology Programme.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Clinical Psychology programme, established in 2004, integrates research, coursework and clinical specialty training. It aims to train psychologists who will be expert researchers and clinical specialists. Graduates are expected to lead clinical and research development in the profession, and bridge applied research findings with evidence-based clinical practice.

The curriculum of Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Clinical Psychology extends over a minimum of twenty-four months of full-time study or thirty-six months of part-time study. Candidates are expected to complete satisfactorily the required courses and a thesis as set out below. The courses cover theoretical and applied aspects of clinical psychology.

Doctoral candidates should attend all courses in List A and at least 1 course in List B:

List A
PSYC6100 – Supervised reading in research studies
PSYC6010 – Conceptual and methodological issues in psychological research I
PSYC6011 – Conceptual and methodological issues in psychological research II
PSYC6101 – Thesis
PSYC6102 – Clinical specialty training
GRSC6101 – Responsible conduct of research
GRSC6102 – Stream-based responsible conduct of research

List B

PSYC8002 – Community and health psychology
PSYC8001 – Clinical seminar II
PSYC8007 – Applied developmental psychology
PSYC6020 – Clinical seminar III
PSYC6026 – Seminar in neuroscience
PSYC6027 – Developmental neuroscience
PSYC6028 – Neurobiological basis of psychological issues
PSYC6025 – Postgraduate seminar in scientific writing for psychology
PSYC7021 – Postgraduate seminar in cognitive psychology
PSYC7022 – Postgraduate seminar in social psychology
PSYC7023 – Postgraduate seminar in developmental psychology

For the details of course description and syllabus of PsyD in the field of Clinical Psychology programmes, please click here

To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Clinical Psychology programme, a candidate shall satisfy both the University admission requirement and the programme specific requirements as listed below:

  1. compliance with the General Regulations;
  2. holding a Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology degree of this University, as appropriate; or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose;
  3. candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the University English language requirement applicable to higher degrees as prescribed under the General Regulation G2(b);
  4. satisfying the examiners in a qualifying examination if required; and
  5. preferably shall have working experience in the field of Clinical Psychology, as appropriate.
  6. shall be eligible for membership in the Hong Kong Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology, or in the Hong Kong Institute of Clinical Psychologists.

Application for exemption from the above requirements shall be considered on a case by case basis.

The curriculum extends over two academic years of full-time study or three academic years of part-time study.

Full-time: HK$151,900 p.a.
Part-time: HK$101,220 p.a.

For the details of composition fees for the taught postgraduate programmes, please visit

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 (

* The fees are for the 2022-23 academic year only.

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in the field of Clinical Psychology programme admits student every year.

Applications shall be made online at (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

Applications are now invited for admission in September 2022. The closing date is 12:00 noon, May 31, 2022. All applicants will be notified of the application results by July 31, 2022 at the latest.

The required supporting documents shall be posted, as appropriate, directly to the Department of Psychology, Room 627, 6/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (RE: Application for the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Programme) by the application deadline.  Please use registered post / courier if you would like to track the status of delivery.  The department will not be able to check the receipt of document for individual applicant. 

Your application number should be marked on each document. Transcripts, diplomas, certificates and other submitted documents which are not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation in English. Certified translation may be provided by your home institution.

Please note that documents once submitted will not be returned, and will be destroyed if the application is unsuccessful.

Upon applicants’ submission of the HKU online application, the academic/professional referees will receive an email invitation to complete an online referee’s report within 14 days from the date of the email invitation.  The referees can follow the instruction in the email and submit the referee’s report by the deadline.

For further information about programme admissions for September 2022 entry, please read through the materials in the below hyperlinks which are also available for viewing at the homepage of Taught Postgraduate Admissions of The University of Hong Kong.

Application procedure and admission-related enquiries:
Ms. Doris FUNG (Tel: (852) 3917 5866; Email:

Programme and professional-related enquires:
Dr. Wai Sze CHAN (E-mail:

Answers to frequently asked questions about admissions into postgraduate programmes at The University of Hong Kong can be found here.

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