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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Policy and Management - Full-time

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Policy and Management - Full-time

Programme Code

84041-SP (Full-time)

Medium of Instruction

English (except for subjects with Chinese requirements)

Scheme Leader

Dr LAW, Tin-sing Vincent


Programme Leader

LIN, Pui-yuen Keith

BA; MSc; MPhil

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

  • Masters theories and concepts in social policy and management essential for career development and lifelong learning
  • Applies essential methods and skills to develop solutions to challenging social issues
  • Applies knowledge and skills effectively to study contemporary issues in social policy


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Future Prospects

Career Prospects 

Graduates are equipped with strong employability in government departments, charity, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), non-profit-making organisations (NPOs) as Project Officers, Social Services Managers, Policy Researchers / Analysts and Agency Administrators.


Further Study Opportunities

Graduates can pursue postgraduate studies in famous local and overseas universities in various disciplines, in particularly, the academic programmes such as Master of Public Administration (MPA), MA in Social Policy, Master of Social Work (MSW), MPhil / PhD in Social Policy.


Programme Structure

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

Requirements Minimum 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)Note2
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 
  • Public Sector Management
  • Government and Policy in Hong Kong
  • Management of Social Enterprise 
  • Social and Economic Development in Hong Kong
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Programme Planning and Evaluation

Elective # (at least 3 subjects from Social Policy and Management)

  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Legal Aspects of Human Services
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Social Impact Measurement

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
  • Life-span Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology 
  • Consumer Psychology

# 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).