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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology - Full-time

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology - Full-time

Programme Code

84041-P (Full-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

Minimum 60 credits

Medium of Instruction

English (except for subjects with Chinese requirements)

Scheme Leader

Dr Vincent LAW


Award Leader

Dr LO On-ting

BCogSc, PhD

Commencement Date

05 Sep 2022

Normal Duration

2 years

Tuition Fee (Local students)

HK$2,625/ credit
(Tuition fee for the 2022/23 academic year is subject to review)

Tuition Fee (Non-local students)

The tuition fee for non-local students will be 10% higher than that for local students.

Aims and Objectives

The programme is offered under the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) Scheme which aims to equip students with basic social sciences concepts, theories, and social research methods for analysing and evaluating social phenomena and behaviours in the real world.


Graduates will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the complexity of society and social phenomena, and the multiple values and ethical issues in society. They will also be able to appreciate the interconnectedness of different aspects of Hong Kong society and other societies in the context of globalisation and information technology. In addition, graduates from the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology will be eligible to apply for membership of the Hong Kong Psychological Society and British Psychological Society.


The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) Scheme, comprising three programmes namely:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Policy and Management*

* The programme is subject to the final approval by PolyU in mid-2022.

Programme Structure

(The structure and curriculum of the Scheme/Programme are currently under review.  The updated structure and curriculum can be found at SPEED website by mid-2022.)

Students are required to complete the following requirements with satisfactory results for an honours degree:


Students from
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General University Requirements (GUR)9 – 18
2 Cluster Area Requirements (CAR) subjects (including 1 designated as China-related)+ , 3 credits each6
1 Service-Learning OR Free Elective subject3
Up to 3 Language and Communication Requirements
(LCR) subjects (2 in English & 1 in Chinese), 3 credits each

(for students who have not met the equivalent standard of undergraduate degree LCR based on their prior sub-degree studies only)*
0 – 9
Discipline Specific Requirements (DSR)
(Please refer to the table below for details.)
Foundation Up to 3 subjects, 3 credits each
(for students from unrelated disciplines only)
Scheme Compulsory5 subjects, 3 credits each15
6 subjects, 3 credits each18

6 subjects, 3 credits each

(at least 3 from the elective pool of students’ own subject area and up to 3 from subjects of other areas)

Work-Integrated Education (WIE)
300 hours of work-based learning experience

(Relevant work experience accumulated during or after sub-degree studies may be considered for fulfilment of WIE. Students will be invited to submit application for consideration after programme commencement.)
Total60 – 6969-78

Within these subjects, students need to fulfill the English and Chinese reading and writing, and China studies requirements.  


Students’ fulfilment of LCR will be assessed based on their academic records of sub-degree studies.  They will be advised if they are required to take LCR subjects on admission.

Discipline Specific Requirements (DSR) 


Foundation (for students from unrelated disciplines only)

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology


Scheme Compulsory (all 5 subjects)

  • Advanced Academic Writing in English (Social Sciences Context)
  • Community Study
  • Research Methods for Social Research
  • Integrated Study (Social Sciences)
  • Ethics and Sustainability


Award-Specific Compulsory (all 6 subjects)

  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Cognitive Psychology  
  • Social Psychology: Theory and Research  
  • Research Methods for Behavioural Sciences I  
  • Life-span Development
  • Neuropsychology


Elective# - Psychology (at least 3 subjects)

  • Positive Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Psychopathlogy
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology 
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Research Methods for Behavioural Sciences II


Elective# - Other Subject Areas (up to 3 subjects)

(Students can choose the Award-specfic Compulsory and Elective of the other 

 subject areas under the Scheme as electives)


  • Cultural Development and Cultural Policies
  • Project Management in Human Services
  • Gender, Sexualities and Human Societies
  • Bodies in Social Perspective
  • Critical Age Studies
  • Critical Youth Work and Practice
  • Management of Social Enterprise  
  • Public Policy Analysis 
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Legal Aspects of Human Services
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Social Impact Measurement


Offering of any elective subjects is subject to sufficient enrolment


Entrance Requirements

Holder of a recognised Associate Degree, Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification in related disciplines.  



  1. The main medium of instruction of the study programme concerned should be English.  An applicant who has completed the programme with other languages as the main medium of instruction should attain the following English Language requirement: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (paper based); 80 (Internet based).
  2. An applicant who does not possess the above-mentioned qualification but has reached the age of 25 before 1 September, in the year in which he/she seeks admission, may apply as a mature applicant.  A mature applicant should possess relevant work experience in senior positions and is expected to have completed some post-secondary studies in related fields. He/she will also be required to pass an admission test and demonstrate to the Admission Interview Panel his/her ability to complete the programme.  In addition, he/she may be required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).

Career Prospects

This Scheme is designed to build up students’ intellectual and interpersonal capacities for career development in related fields.


Scheme Leader

Dr Vincent LAW

3746 0091

Award Leader

Dr LO On-ting

3746 0299

Programme Officer

Ms Sharlotte LIU

3746 0075

Administrative Assistant


3746 0076