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Professional Diploma in Applied Psychology

Certificate & Diploma Programme Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable ProgrammeCEF Course Code: 44F109943
16 months part-time
Qualifications Framework Level: 4
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Commencement : July 2024
Application Deadline : 15 June 2024
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Cantonese supplemented with English

3411 1959

Programme Aims

The programme aims to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of psychology. Emphasis will be placed on how to apply psychological knowledge to explain and analyse human behaviour in everyday life, both at work and in social situations. Through diverse learning activities such as experiential exercises and case studies, students will gain a sense of well-being and a solid foundation to pursue further studies in psychology.

The programme consists of 7 courses totally 210 hours.


Course Code Course Title Hours


This course introduces Psychology as an applied social science in everyday life. The study of Psychology helps to understand patterns of human emotions, behaviors and thoughts based on scientific methods. The course is especially designed as a general foundation of applied psychology so that students may start their journeys to the systematic study of the discipline and to solve problems in daily life and work settings. Topics include different perspectives in psychological science; research methods in psychology; sensation and perception; consciousness and hypnosis; sleep, dreams and overcoming insomnia; life-span development; social psychology, group behavior and love and attraction; memory, thinking, intelligence and language; motivation and emotion; learning; personality theories and tests; psychological disorders; health, stress, coping and relaxation techniques.


This course introduces normal human development across lifespan. Topics include basic concepts and theories of human development; research methodology and issues in the study of developmental change; biological, environmental and social influences on development; development of attachment, communication and language in infancy; emotional development and temperament in early childhood; patterns and ranges of normal child behaviors; child-rearing practices; developmentally challenged children; identity formation and risk-taking behavior in adolescence; development of perception, language, cognition and morality; development of personality and social relationships; the impact of marriage, work and parenting on adult development; dying, grieving and keys to positive aging.



This course introduces the major concepts of personality and the basic techniques used to assess individual differences. Emphasis is placed on increasing self-understanding through different personality assessment tools and analysis. Topics include personality stability and change; self-concept and its connections to health and work; assumptions about human nature and the evaluation of behavior; personality assessment and practical application from the biological, psychodynamic, trait, humanistic, social–cognitive perspectives; personality tests and anaylsis of Enneagram, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory.


The course gives an overview of the field which studies the behavior of individuals in social contexts. Students will be able to apply knowledge of social psychology to enhance well-being and effectiveness in relationships and group settings. Topics include social cognition such as attribution explanations of behavior; social perception; social motivation; relationship between attitude and behavior; persuasive methods used to change attitudes; social influence on individual behavior and group dynamics; social relations such as stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination; determinants of helping, aggression and conflict; factors influencing attraction and relationships; the impact of Chinese culture on various social behaviors and conceptions of self and identity.


This course provides a foundation for students who wish to learn the fundamentals of counselling or to explore their potential for professional training in mental health. Emphasis is placed on understanding a therapeutic relationship and practicing basic counseling skills based on various experiential activities. Topics include the helping relationship; characteristics of an effective counselor; objectives, process and ethical concerns of counseling various populations; the communication skills of actively listening and empathic responding; the art of probing and summarizing; helping clients to tell their stories, set goals and develop plans to accomplish goals; cultural values and socio-political contexts; the foundation of psychodynamic therapy, person-centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
 Elective Courses (Two Courses) * 


This course introduces the study of positive emotions, positive character traits, and enabling institutions. Focus will be put on human potentials, human strengths, well-being and fulfillment. Topics include the study of happiness and subjective well-being; classification of character strengths and virtues; positive emotions such as happiness and well-being; emotion-focused coping and emotional intelligence; positive thinking such as self-efficacy, optimism and hope; mindfulness, flow, wisdom and courage; positive behavior such as empathy, altruism, gratitude, forgiveness, attachment, love and flourishing relationships; positive environment such as schooling and gainful employment and the me/we balance in building better communities.


This course provides a broad exposure to the field of mental health, counselling and other psychological services. It introduces the development and diagnosis of common mental illnesses, as well as the relevant treatment from the clinical psychology perspective. Topics include the continuum in behavior from mental health to mental illness; the diathesis-stress and nature-nurture models; basic clinical interviewing and assessment; understanding generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobia, posttraumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; depression, suicide and risk assessment; basic cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety; understanding attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorder and behavioral therapy; understanding child abuse and neglect, attachment issues and personality disorders; types of dementia and related-behavioral issues; cognitive training, environment modification and support for caregivers.


This course introduces basic concepts of criminology and investigative psychology in understanding the factors contributing to and characteristics of various criminal behaviors. Students will be able to integrate knowledge to analyze criminal behaviors critically. Topics include understanding criminal behaviors and criminology theories; human aggression and violence; basic criminal profiling; crime analysis such as homicide and arson, sexual offenses, domestic violence and property related crimes; the psychology of suspect interviewing and statement analysis; social psychology and crowd control; correctional psychology and rehabilitation.

*For Summer 2024 intake students, PSC4006 and PSC4008 will be offered as elective courses.

Students who have obtained a passing grade in each course will be awarded the Professional Diploma in Applied Psychology issued by the School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Application Fee: HK$150 (non-refundable)
Tuition Fee: HK$23,660 (by four instalments)

Classes will be held on weekday evenings (normally two classes per week) at SCE Learning Centres.

  1. Level 2 in five HKDSE subjects including English and Chinese (and up to 2 Applied Learning subjects) with at least 3 years’ work experience or equivalent; or
  2. Successful completion of Yi Jin Diploma with at least 3 years’ work experience; or
  3. Holder of a relevant School of Continuing Education (SCE) Diploma or Certificate or other equivalent non-SCE qualifications; or
  4. Aged 21 or above, preferably with 3 years’ relevant work experience.

Note: Applicants may be required to provide a personal statement.

Applicants may submit application through (A) online system, or (B) hard-copy submission by mail or in-person.


(A) Application through online system

  1. Enter SCE Online Application System and fill in required data.
  2. Upload files of the following documents onto the system:
    1. proof for relevant academic qualifications and professional qualifications, e.g. certificate of public examinations (application for exemption should be submitted with supporting documents which include transcript/result slip, certificate and course syllabus);
    2. proof for relevant work experience (if any);
    3. any pertinent supporting documents; and
    4. a recent photograph (1.5” x 2”).
  3. Make payment for the application fee for admission, and handling fee for exemption (HK$200 per course if applicable) through the Online Payment Gateway.

(B) Application through hard-copy submission

  1. Download and complete Application for Admission form (SCE-AF-002)
  2. Attach PHOTOCOPIES of the following documents:
    1. HKID card;
    2. proof for relevant academic qualifications and professional qualifications, e.g. certificate of public examinations (application for exemption should be submitted with supporting documents which include transcript/result slip, certificate and course syllabus);
    3. proof for relevant work experience (if any);
    4. any pertinent supporting documents.
  3. Attach two recent photographs (1.5” x 2”).
  4. Make payment for the application fee for admission, and handling fee for exemption (HK$200 per course if applicable), in the form of a crossed cheque made payable to “Hong Kong Baptist University” with applicant’s name, contact number and programme name written at the back. Applicants who submit application in-person may make payment with cash or EPS.
  5. Complete set of application should be submitted either by-mail or in-person at the following address(es).



School of Continuing Education

Hong Kong Baptist University

2/F, Franki Centre, 320 Junction Road, Kowloon Tong

(Please mark the title of the programme applied on the envelope. )  


DLB Office (Kowloon Tong Campus Centre)

4/F, David C. Lam Building, Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University
34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon


Wan Chai Learning Centre Office

26/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong


Counter Service Hours:

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am-8:00 pm

Sat: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

(Closed on Sun, Public Holidays and School Holidays)

Town Learning Centre Office

6/F, 8 Hart Venue, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon


Kowloon East Learning Centre Office

7/F, Millennium City 3, 370 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon


Counter Service Hours:

Mon-Fri: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Sat: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

(Closed on Sun, Public Holidays and School Holidays)  

  • Applicants will be requested to present the HKID card and original copies of all credentials for verification. Those who submit application in-person may bring along the HKID card and original credentials for verification.
  • All fees paid are non-refundable.
  • All documents submitted together with the application form will not be returned to applicants.  For unsuccessful applications, the documents and forms will be destroyed and the electronic files will be deleted.
  • Notes to non-local applicants – Part-time certificate/diploma programmes are generally not considered by the Immigration Department for visa purposes. For a non-permanent Hong Kong resident, it is his/her responsibility to check whether he/she can take the programme before making application.

Students can apply for Credit Transfer/Exemption under the following conditions:

  1. Credit Transfer will be considered if students have completed (or are currently studying) the required courses offered by the School prior to admission to the programme. Courses concerned will be automatically transferred to the programme and supporting documents are not required.
  2. Exemption will be considered if students possess a demonstrated competence (e.g. passed relevant courses in public examinations or other institutes) equivalent to the learning outcomes of the course to be studied. Supporting documents such as course syllabuses, transcripts or certificates should be submitted.

The above request(s) should be submitted when applying for admission. Late application will not be considered. Courses that are being studied or pending for result/certificate should also be reported at the time of admission, followed by the submission of supporting documents for approval upon release of result/issuance of certificate.

Credit Transfer/Exemption will not be granted if such qualifications have not been reported during admission or if they are obtained after registration in the programme.

Remarks for Credit Transfer/Exemption are shown as below:


Course Remark Code Description
EX Course Exempted
TC Credit Transferred

Limitations for Credit Transfer/Exemption

For all Programmes of Levels 1 to 2, the maximum exemption and credit transfer is limited to half of the total number of programme hours. For all Programmes of Level 3 or above, the maximum exemption is limited to one quarter of the total number of programme hours, while the sum of exemption and credit transfer is still limited to half of the total number of programme hours. In the case that the number of hours of exempted and/or transferred credit course(s) (including the course(s) being studied) has exceeded the maximum allowance, students should submit explanations and approval will be granted at the School’s discretion.


Example 1 The Certificate in Spanish (Introductory) (Level 1 programme) requires student to complete four courses (120 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 60 hours.
Example 2 The Certificate in Jewellery Design & Production (Level 2 programme) requires student to complete six courses (180 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 90 hours.
Example 3 The Certificate in Marketing Studies (Level 3 programme) requires student to complete six courses (180 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 90 hours in total while the Exemption should not exceed 45 hours.
Example 4 The Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 4 programme) requires student to complete 16 courses (480 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 240 hours in total while the Exemption should not exceed 120 hours.

Applicants may refer to the Exemption List for reference.


20 May 2024 (Monday)




Please register "HERE"


Mr Dave Ng

Academic Coordinator


Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Programme / Course This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course/ The mother course (Professional Diploma in Applied Psychology) of the modules is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 4).

The above information is for reference only. The School reserves the right to make alterations or to cancel any class/programme without prior notice.

Programmes offered by the School of Continuing Education (leading to HKBU awards or SCE awards, or collaborative programmes) are conducted at various teaching venues, including Kowloon Tong and Shek Mun (Shatin) Campuses and Learning Centres in Tsimshatsui, Kowloon East, and Wan Chai. These venues are well-equipped to support students’ studies. While most of the classes are held at either the Kowloon Tong Campus or the Shek Mun Campus, depending on the School’s development, students may be assigned to take classes at other venues during their study period.