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What will I learn?

PURSUE A CAREER IN A RICH VARIETY OF FIELDS

If you are interested in studying human behaviour and society or wish to become a future leader in public service, education, or industry and commerce, this four-year programme is for you. You will have the freedom to choose your own path and test your knowledge through internships and academic exchange programmes.

Chart your course

Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to choose your own major after one year of studying.

Hands-on experiential learning

Test your knowledge through internships and exclusive overseas exchange programmes.

What You’ll Study

The flexible programme gives you the freedom to choose your own major after your first year. Select one of six possible core disciplines, including China studies, geography, politics and public administration, psychology^, social policy and social development, and sociology.

Add an optional multidisciplinary programme as a major or minor to further enhance your study experience. Possible courses include cognitive science, counselling, criminology, media and cultural studies, neuroscience, and urban governance.

Alternatively, you also have the option to take a second major or combination of minors in the Faculty of Arts, HKU Business School, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Science.

Additional minors offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences include human resources management and journalism and media studies.

Exciting Opportunities

The programme prioritises off-campus experiential learning. You will participate in internships or exclusive overseas academic exchange programmes to earn practical experience and enhance your international exposure.

Career Prospects

Graduates have pursued careers in government, politics, public corporations, community organisations, the media, and the private sector. Alternatively, you may consider pursuing postgraduate studies at renowned universities locally and worldwide.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,29,894) per year

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

Application deadline

24 August 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

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.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 35 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: 630 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.

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

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About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally