What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Features

The BASc programme is designed for intellectually ambitious students who want to take control of their learning and develop a broad set of scholarly skills in order to become leaders across a diverse range of fields to meet important global challenges. The BASc aims to equip students with social intelligence, creative problem-solving and analytical skills (both qualitative and quantitative), communication skills, ethical responsibility, and nurture them on how to take an interdisciplinary perspective in understanding our world. Global problems won’t get solved with a traditional curriculum; the BASc programme helps students to make connections and changes in the world. The programme is built on two pedagogical principles. First, students undertake high-quality training from different disciplines: Social Sciences, Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Second, students develop the intellectual toolkit to learn how to intersect disciplines and integrate them through case studies, capstone experiences, and learning from thought leaders, movers and shakers in relevant employment sectors and professions.

The curriculum consists of three components. Interdisciplinary Studies major: Students take three interdisciplinary core courses which are co-designed and co-taught by teachers spanning the three faculties, the internship and also courses within two pathways:

(1) Cultures/ Societies and (2) Physical World/ Biological/ Human Sciences.

Second major/ minors/ electives: Students can pursue any combination of subjects or a second major of their choice across faculties (e.g., physics, history, psychology, political studies, marketing or management).

Other essential learning: Students take the BASc core courses and fulfil the language and common core requirements of the undergraduate curriculum.

Students will have individual guidance from the academic tutor who will help them design a course of study that meets their passions and provides a coherent course of academic study.

Career Prospects

The curriculum prepares graduates for various career opportunities that will have an impacts in the workplace and community locally and beyond. Its well-rounded interdisciplinary education and an integrated set of skills training spanning across Social Sciences, Science, Arts and Humanities make job candidates more competitive for all roles that require ‘thinking outside the box’, creativity, critical thinking adaptability, problem-solving skills, communication and empathy as well as training in vocational skills, in government, management consultancy, public relations specialists, banking, public policy, environmental services, museum, heritage or science writing/ journalism, and non-governmental organisation work.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (16,35,034) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

21 August 2021

More details

Start date

1 September 2021

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. IB score will vary according to the program selected.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 31 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1B level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1350; SAT Subject Tests: 550 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent

You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test (October 2017 onwards).

Additional Requirements / Assessment: Creative work (fine art, writing, or other forms of creative output) in digital format submitted to the Faculty Office

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The University of Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong had ten of its disciplines ranked in the top 20 globally in the QS World University Rankings by subjects 2019.

  • Recognized as ‘most international’ university in the world
  • Professors ranked among world’s top 1 % of scientists
  • Intensive international collaboration with top universities
  • Graduate employment rate of nearly 100% for 13 years