Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)


What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) programme is an integral part of Lingnan’s mission to provide internationally leading liberal arts education and provides students with a broad and coherent intellectual base to prepare them for the labour market.

Through a variety of applied courses, service-learning, study/field trips, summer internships, and Lingnan’s international exchange programme, our students have first-hand opportunities to experience the integration of theories and practice.


Under the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) Programme, we have a total of 7 Majors. First and senior year (Year 3 Entry) students are required to take up one. Successful senior year admittees will be admitted to year three directly. The normal duration for full-time first and senior year students is four and two years, respectively.


  • Explores how to tackle dilemmas and difficult choices under limited resources
  • Studies the consequences of such choices by individuals, businesses, government, and society
  • Introduces students to using data to analyse the world and test theory against reality

Political Science

  • Studies the shaping and sharing of power, including its uses, acquisition, and distribution: politics is the study of “who gets what, when and how”
  • Cultivates students’ critical spirit which allows them to challenge traditional ideas in a changing world


  • Provides students with essential knowledge and principles from different sub-fields of psychology, including developmental psychology, social psychology and cognitive psychology
  • Prepares students for further studies, such as in psychology, teaching, and social work; and for employment especially those involving human relations, managerial and administrative occupations


  • Dedicated to the understanding of the fundamental principles of social life and to the systematic study of social institutions and social transformations
  • Enables students to answer the “what”, “how” and “why” questions about human societies, past and present

Social and Public Policy Studies

  • Studies social and public policies, particularly as they relate to the rapid changes in local, regional and global environments
  • Studies social and economic issues such as ageing and population, gender, employment, housing, health and social welfare
  • Provides inter-disciplinary perspectives that will enhance students’ ability to analyse social and public policy issues and debates

Career Potential

  • Besides standard professions in commerce and industry, such as executives/supervisors in finance, trading, marketing, sales, personnel and management, many of our graduates are employed in the community and social services working as programme/administrative officers and human resources assistants in local and international charities and non-governmental organisations (NGO).
  • Some graduates build their careers as teachers/educational personnel in the education sector or as civil servants in government, while others pursue further studies by enrolling in postgraduate programmes in local or well-known overseas universities.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,85,348) per year
Application deadline

Expected May, July 2024

More details

Start date

Expected January 2024


Lingnan University

8 Castle Peak Road,

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Grade 4 in one of the following English Language subjects: English A, English B, English Literature and Performance

For international students

One of the following:

  • A degree or a sub-degree awarded by a recognised post-secondary institution
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree / higher diploma or its equivalent at a recognised post-secondary institution

Entry requirements vary country by country.

In addition to the General Admission Requirements, applicants are also required to fulfill one of the following English language requirements:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Grade 4 in English Language
  • TOEFL: 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based)
  • IELTS: Overall band score of 6.0 in Academic Module

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


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