Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy and Administration

Sept 2017 Entry

Programme code: JS3545

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

112 (plus 9 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Tam Kin Yuen, Raymond

  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.
  • Applicants are required to submit a self recommendation report and an essay on their reasons for applying, both of which must be written in English and of no more than 1,500 words, together with their applications.
  • This programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of this programme is to educate students to become effective, efficient and caring practitioners in the field of social policy and administration, responsible for analysing, formulating and implementing social policies for the improvement of social well-being. Students are also expected to develop informational literacy, critical thinking, problem solving skills and to uphold core social values. The programme also helps students to build the skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong learning.


Programme Characteristics

This programme is designed to integrate theory and practice. The curriculum is heavily geared towards meeting the growing demands for trained professionals and practitioners in the fields of social policy and social administration. Students are expected to be equipped not only with the theoretical knowledge necessary for but also real-life exposure to working in a wide range of organizations dealing with welfare, health care, housing, labour, law and order, advocacy, education and environmental protection, performing designated policy and administrative tasks through specially designed professional attachments. They will learn to balance and resolve competing values involving bureaucratic versus human concerns and private profit-making versus public good and well-being.


In addition, overseas placement opportunities and study tours are available for students with high achievements.


The programme is divided into two streams:

  • Social policy and civil society, and
  • Social planning and administration.


Students can choose to specialise in either stream for intensive learning. Those students in the policy and civil society stream are expected to study policy areas such as housing, welfare, civil society governance, education, labour and environment to strengthen their understanding of specific policy concerns and issues. Students who choose to study planning and administration are expected to study areas such as human resource and social capital development, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, programme planning and evaluation, marketing, financial management and information technology to enhance their skills and ability in performing social and policy administrative duties.


The curriculum is further divided into five categories:

  • Common Foundation (including University broad discipline and service-learning requirements);
  • Common, Professional and Stream Cores;
  • Common, Social Science and Stream Electives;
  • Integrative Subjects (including professional attachment and workshops as well as a Capstone Project); and
  • Chinese and English Language Requirements.


These subjects provide students with a strong social science foundation and capacity for critical and analytical thinking before they progress to broaden their knowledge base and communication skills to enhance their ability to work in the field of social policy and administration.


More information on the programme can be obtained at

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

There is an increasing demand for professional personnel with strong backgrounds in policy and administration.  Graduates can occupy mid-level administrative and managerial posts in various public, quasi-public and non-government organizations, including think-tanks, NGOs, government departments and other human service organizations. They are also prepared for posts in human resources management, marketing and decision support.

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5746; email:

Student Message

I am proud to be an international student of the BA(Hons) Social Policy and Administration programme. The teachers are approachable and always ready to help and address students’ needs. Local friends from the programme are very friendly and welcoming. Hanging out with them helps me better understand local culture and the Hong Kong society. With the effective learning environment and warm welcome from people I meet in the programme, I no longer feel far away from home during my stay in Hong Kong.


Academically, I find the courses that the BASPA programme offers its students to be very relevant and useful for future social policy practitioners. In particular, the summer attachment programme allowing hands-on experience in organizations has helped me to apply what I have learned in class to the real world. The ability to not only think critically but also to think ahead about social policy and administration is an invaluable and extraordinary skill that the BASPA programme nurtures in students. With its strong commitment to social policy and administration, the programme is highly appropriate for students who want to make a difference in the social policy and administration profession.

Zahkung Tu Mai

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a self recommendation report and an essay on their reasons for applying, both of which must be written in English and of no more than 1,500 words, together with their applications. Download

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: Before March 2017
Mode:Telephone or Skype

To assess the suitability of applicants for the programme.


20-30 minutes

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