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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) - Full-time

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) - Full-time

Programme Code

84041 (Full-time)

Medium of Instruction

English (except for subjects with Chinese requirements)

Scheme Leader

Dr Vincent LAW


Programme Leader

Dr YEUNG, Wing-yan

BSocSc; MSocSc, PhD

Commencement Date

02 Sep 2024

Normal Duration

2 years

Tuition Fee (Local students)

HK$3,000/ credit

Tuition Fee (Non-local students)

HK$3,300/ credit

Academic Division

Division of Social Sciences, Humanities and Design

Programme Features

  • Applies knowledge of social sciences to tackle social problems with alternative approaches
  • Examines different cultures and social development needs in the local and global contexts

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Future Prospects

Career Prospects

Graduates are able to pursue a wide range of careers, including Social Services Manager, Program Worker, Community Worker, Youth Worker, Social Researcher, Civil Servant, Human Resource Officer, Administrative Officer, Management Trainee, Marketing Executive.

The average employment rate of graduates from 2018 to 2020 was 93%*, with the average starting salary HK$15,800 in 2021.


Further Study Opportunities

Past graduates have pursued postgraduate studies in famous local and overseas universities, such as The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


* Source: PolyU SPEED Graduate Employment Survey

Programme Structure

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

RequirementsMinimum Credits
General University Requirements (GUR) Note 19
Cluster Area Requirements (CAR)

2 subjects, 3 credits each

Service-Learning (SL) OR Free Elective 

1 subject, 3 credits

Essential Components of General Education (non-credit bearing)-N/A

Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) Note 2

(Please refer to the table below for details)


11 subjects, 3 credits each

Elective 6 subjects, 3 credits each18

Work-Integrated Education (WIE) Note 3

300 hours of work-based learning experience




Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)


Foundation (up to 3 subjects for students from unrelated disciplines only) Note 2

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

Compulsory (all 11 subjects)

  • Advanced Academic Writing in English (Social Sciences Context) 
  • Community Study 
  • Research Methods for Social Research 
  • Integrated Study (Social Sciences)
  • Ethics and Sustainability 
  • Globalisation and Its Impact
  • Social and Political Development in Hong Kong
  • Urban Society and Urban Sustainability
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Cultural Development and Cultural Policies 
  • Project Management in Human Services


Elective # (at least 3 subjects from General Social Sciences)

  • Gender, Sexualities and Human Societies
  • Bodies in Social Perspective
  • Critical Age Studies
  • Critical Youth Work and Practice

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

  • Management of Social Enterprise
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Legal Aspects of Human Services
  • Life-span Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Social Impact Measurement
  • Policy Advocacy

# Offering of any elective subjects is subject to sufficient enrolment.


1. Students who have not met the equivalent standard of undergraduate degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) under GUR are required to take up to 9 additional credits in LCR (2 subjects in English & 1 subject in Chinese, 3 credits each). They will be advised if they are required to take LCR subjects on admission. 

2. Students from un-related disciplines (i.e. holders of Associate Degree or equivalent qualification not in Social Sciences related disciplines) with good academic results may also be considered for admission to this programme. These students will be required to take up to 9 additional foundation subjects if they have not completed similar subjects before.

3. 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.

Entrance Requirements

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



  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. He/she must demonstrate sufficient motivation, knowledge and potential to indicate a high probability of being able to complete the programme successfully. In addition, he/she may be required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).