Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences

Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3250

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

BA (Hons) in Social Work – 116 (plus 15 clinical/field credits) 

BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship – 112 (plus 9 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Co-Programme Leaders

Dr Yam Kong (BSW, MSW, DSW)

Dr Tam Kin Yuen, Raymond (BASW, MASW, PhD)

  • Students are initially admitted to the BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences programme, with their target awards declared at the end of their first year of study, subject to further assessment for admission to one of the following awards:
    • BA (Hons) in Social Work; or
    • BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Students are subject to further assessment criteria i.e. students’ own choice, overall GPA and interview performance in selection of awards at the end of their Year One study.
  • The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to the students of BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship. Admission to the Secondary Majors is on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation.  Please see “Secondary Major Details” section.
  • Departmental scholarships are available for international students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and interview performance. PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarships at any time.  In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

We prepare our students to be professionally competent, versatile, adaptive and reflective, helping them to meet the fast-changing needs of society. The programme curriculum is designed to cultivate students’ humanistic values and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent human service professionals in their chosen fields. Through wide exposure to different domains of knowledge and interdisciplinary issues, students are able to think from different perspectives and solve complex problems in real-life situations. Our graduates show a strong commitment to the betterment of society and humankind and are competent in the flexible and creative use of information, resources, knowledge, and practical skills in professional practice.


Programme Characteristics

Students are provided with opportunities to pursue professional study plus a significant component of study in other areas to cater to their different learning needs, interests and abilities.  In addition to providing subjects that build basic interpersonal and communication skills and enhance students’ ability to work with uncertainty, this programme has a strong social science foundation, designed to develop students’ critical and analytical thinking and broaden their knowledge.  The Department offers overseas study opportunities in the forms of placements, exchange programmes, study tours, etc.


Students admitted to the Scheme complete a common curriculum in Year 1 and start to pursue the professional study from Year 2.  The Scheme programme offers the following Awards/Majors:

  • BA (Hons) in Social Work; or
  • BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship


The top 55% of students with outstanding HKDSE results will be guaranteed of a free choice of Awards/Majors when they receive the Notice of Offer from PolyU.  The remaining 45% of students will be admitted to the Awards/Majors subject to their choice, overall GPA of year one study and interview performance.  Students will be invited to rank their choices of Awards/Majors (from the most preferred one to the least) during the semester 2 (probably before final examination) of their Year One study for the department’s consideration and approval.



The BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences programme adopts a common curriculum structure in the first year of study. Beyond this common foundation and in subsequent study years, different Awards/Majors that educate different human service professionals focus on different areas of professional study.


In Year 1, students are exposed to a broad knowledge base in social sciences as a foundation to inform their professional practice.


From Year 2 onwards, students are equipped with a wide range of knowledge relating to their chosen professional fields.


In Years 3 and 4, students are guided to integrate theoretical learning, practical applications and metatheoretical reflection on their respective professional fields.


More information on the Awards/Majors can be obtained here.

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to the students of BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship.


Students admitted to the BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship Award/Major are given the option to study a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 36 credits which will strengthen their discipline-specific knowledge to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and beyond.  In addition to a wide range of foundation subjects to be chosen by students, the Secondary Major is featured by a GBA Immersion Programme, Field Study for Innovation Ecosystems and at least 9 months of Company Attachment.



The minimum credits required for graduation with Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is 139 credits.  Students are eligible to count up to 6 credits of their discipline-specific subjects towards the Secondary Major.  

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates of BA (Hons) in Social Work award are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).

Career Prospects

Graduates of BA (Hons) in Social Work award are employable as Assistant Social Work Officers or the equivalent and can be promoted to Social Work Officers, Senior Social Work Officers and Chief Social Work Officers.

Graduates of BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship award can take up mid-level administrative and managerial posts in various public, quasi-public and non-government organisations, including think-tanks, NGOs, government departments, social enterprises and other human service organisations.  They can also take up posts in human resources management, marketing and decision support.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

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



For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 2766 5867 / 2766 5746; email:

Student Message

Student Message

Studying at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers a wide range of insights and opportunities. The campus is conveniently located and its staff is eager to help you with any matter you may have at hand. I studied a B.A. Hons in Social Policy and Administration (SPA) for four years, which offered me unique insight into the political and administrative model of Hong Kong S.A.R. While at the same time placing it within an international context, making it relevant beyond the borders of the S.A.R. It is my experience that the professors in the Applied Social Sciences department have a wide range of experiences, which supplement and enrich the courses offered by them. Most of the professors have experience from the third sector and political sphere, which gives them the ability to offer in-depth insight into a wide variety of subjects. This in turn means that the course content is filled with unique comparative insights, which is invaluable in todays multifaceted world.

Karl Petter Rygh

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement to explain their reasons for applying the programme in English of no more than 1,500 words together with their applications.  Please Download the Form.

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: From November 2021
Mode:Online Interview

To assess applicants’ potentials and interest in studying the programme, and to gauge their understanding of public issues and interpersonal communication skills.


About 10-20 minutes


Only 1st choice applicants will be considered for admission.  Selected applicants may be invited to attend an interview.