PolyU SPEED BSSc (Hons) in Psychology - Full-time

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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)

Medium of Instruction

English (except for subjects with Chinese requirements)

Scheme Leader & Programme Leader

Dr LAW, Tin-sing Vincent


Assistant Programme Leader

Dr LAM, Chi-hang Kent


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

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Programme Features

  • Evaluates major concepts, theories and empirical findings in psychology
  • Applies psychological knowledge and skills to examine personal, social, organisational, and societal issues
  • Applies appropriate research methods to study human behaviours


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BSSc (Hons) in Psychology


 Division of Social Sciences, Humanities and Design

Professional Recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for membership in the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS)*


*Please refer to the membership requirements on theHKPS website .

Future Prospects

Career Prospects

Graduates are able to pursue a wide range of careers, including Assistant to Clinical Psychologist, Civil Servant, Research Assistant at universities, Management Trainee, Marketing Executive, Human Resources Officer, and Teaching Assistant.


Further Study Opportunities

Graduates are able to pursue a wide range of higher degrees relevant with professional psychology practice, including master degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, counseling, counseling psychology, occupational therapy, audiology, speech and hearing therapy, and social work. They are also able to pursue research higher degrees in psychology including MPhil and Ph.D



Programme Structure

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

RequirementsMinimum Credits
General University Requirements (GUR) Note19
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)Note2
(Please refer to the table below for details
Compulsory Note3

11 subjects, 3 credits each


6 subjects, 3 credits each


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

Elective # (at least 3 subjects from Psychology)

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


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

  • 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.



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).