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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3765

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

112 (plus 9 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Tam Kin Yuen, Raymond


This programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme has two main aims: first, to educate students to become effective, efficient and caring social policy practitioners who are responsible for analysing, formulating and implementing policies for the improvement of social well-being; and second, to enable students to become competent, innovative and ethical social entrepreneurs who can turn social problems into opportunities. Students are also expected to develop their informational literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to uphold core social values. The programme also equips students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning.


Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and skills in social policy analysis and social enterprise operation. Students are also expected to develop social empathy, moral sensibilities and a critical capacity, and a sustained interest in understanding the main issues and challenges faced by social policy practitioners and social entrepreneurs.


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 enterprise. Students obtain the theoretical knowledge necessary to work in a wide range of organisations dealing with labour and welfare issues, health care and housing needs, advocacy and cultural and environmental protection, and gain real-life exposure to these areas through specially designed professional attachments. They learn to balance and resolve the competing values of bureaucratic versus human concerns and private profit-making versus public good and well-being.


In addition, overseas placement, exchange-out and study tour opportunities are available for high-achieving students.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

The demand for professional personnel with strong backgrounds in policy and social enterprise is increasing. Graduates can occupy 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 are also prepared to take up posts in human resources management, marketing and decision support.



The Programme is divided into two streams:

  • Social Policy, and
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Administration.


Students can choose to specialise in either stream for intensive learning or study subjects in both streams. The social policy stream focuses on areas such as housing, welfare, civil society governance, labour, environment, social diversity and social research to strengthen students’ understanding of specific policy concerns and issues. The social entrepreneurship and administration stream focuses on areas such as social entrepreneurship, creating innovative ideas, social capital development, corporate social responsibility, programme planning and evaluation, marketing and financial management to enhance students’ skills and ability in performing social entrepreneurship.


The curriculum is further divided into five categories:

  • Common Foundation (including University broad discipline and service-learning requirements);
  • Common and Professional Cores;
  • Stream and Social Sciences 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 a capacity for critical and analytical thinking. They can then progress and broaden their knowledge base and communication skills, thus enhancing their ability to work in the fields of social policy and social enterprise.


More information on the programme can be obtained here.


(Subject to revision)

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.


All HKDSE subjects carry the same weighting in our admissions selection.

Other Information
Only Band A and Band B applicants will be considered for admission. Selected Band A and Band B applicants will be invited for an interview upon release of HKDSE results.

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2020-21: 24.9 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 5746; email:

Student Message

Student Message

就讀理大社會政策及行政學系 (現命名為社會政策及社會創業) 的四年間,我不僅遇到一群關心學生的良師益友,更通過學習提升了對社會時事的敏感度及分析能力。學系提供了豐富而實用的課程,如社會研究方法、政治學、各類政策及行政範疇研究等。老師們的悉心教導也令我對這一專業領域的知識抱有濃厚的興趣,並在其引領下對相關問題進行孜孜不倦地探索與研究。這些難能可貴的經歷對我日後的事業發展大有幫助,充足的理論與實踐訓練令我具備了強有力的市場競爭力,也令我能夠在就業道路上多元發展。


I spent the last 4 years at PolyU and made dozens of memories. I am delighted to have been part of this big, warm family. Not only did I learn a lot from the lectures and seminars, but I also gained a lot beyond the classroom. All of the guidance and support I received from professors, departmental staff, and my buddies at PolyU shaped a better me. APSS also gave me thousands of opportunities for self-development, both local and outbound.


Frankly, I feel that I achieved more than I expected before I embarked on my university career. In my freshman year, I made a group of friends in the departmental society; we spent so much time together and organised activities. I had the chance to explore my opportunities by completing a student exchange in Seoul a year later, followed by an outbound placement in Taiwan. In my last year of study, apart from completing my capstone thesis, I took part in a competition on “Policy Entrepreneurship” with my classmates. We learned and saw things that we had never anticipated. Without this experience and these opportunities, I would have never become the mature me that I am today. That is why I wish to thank everyone that I have met in the last 4 years.

KAM Hin Wa

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Programme Leaflet


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: 2 or 3 August, after announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview via Zoom

To assess applicants' potential for studying and interest in the programme, and to gauge their understanding of the issues involved in social policy, civil society and social entrepreneurship.


About 1 hour


Only Band A and Band B applicants will be considered for admission. Selected Band A and Band B applicants will be invited for an interview upon release of HKDSE results.