Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Sept 2024 Entry


2 years


64 (plus 9 clinical/field credits)

30 senior year places
  • The programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

  • Credit transfers may be granted to applicants whose previous study is relevant to the programme.

Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Local Senior Year Admissions
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

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 will also facilitate 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 are expected to be equipped with the theoretical knowledge necessary for working in a wide range of organisations dealing with labour and welfare issues, health care and housing needs, advocacy and cultural and environmental protection, and also to have real-life exposure to these areas through specially designed professional attachments. They will 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 opportunities, exchange-out and study tours are available for high-achieving students.

Recognition & Prospects

Career Prospects

The demand for professional personnel with strong backgrounds in policy and social enterprise has been 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 for posts in human resources management, marketing and decision support.


Students are admitted to the senior year of the 4-year programme and they have to complete all of the following subjects to fulfil the credit requirement for graduation.

General University Requirement*

  • 2 Cluster-Area Requirement (CAR) subjects

  • Service Learning

  • Essential Components of General Education 

*Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the undergraduate degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.

Discipline-Specific Language Requirement

  • Chinese Communication for Social Sciences

  • Professional English for Social Sciences

Professional Core

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Government and Public Administration

  • Introduction to Social Services in Hong Kong

  • Management in Human Services

  • Research for Policy and Organizations

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises

  • Social Planning and Policy Making Process

  • Social Research Methods

  • Theories of Social Policy

Stream Electives (choose 5 subjects)

  • Civil Society and Governance

  • Entrepreneurship for Global and Social Development

  • Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting and Strategy

  • Financial Planning and Management in Organizations

  • Health and Society

  • Housing Issues, Challenges and Solutions

  • Human Capital Development

  • Labour and Welfare

  • Legal Aspects of Human Services

  • Marketing Strategies and Skills in Human Services

  • Media and Social Innovation

  • Programme Planning and Evaluation

  • Social Capital

  • Social Data Analytics

  • Social Innovations for Grand Challenges

  • Understanding Diversities

Social Sciences Electives (choose 2 subjects)

  • Economics and Social Problems

  • Justice and the Modern Social Context

  • Media and Society

  • Political Economy of Hong Kong

  • Self, Culture and Society

  • Social Structure and Socical Theory

Capstone Project

  • Capstone Project for Practicing Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship

Work-Integrated Education (Clinical/Field Training)

  • Attachment for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship

  • Attachment Workshop


More information on the programme can be obtained here.

(Subject to revision)

Credit Required for Graduation

64 (plus 9 clinical/field credits)

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Tam Kin Yuen, Raymond

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline from a recognised institution.

Other Information

  • In addition to considering academic results, preference will be given to applicants who are able to communicate effectively in English.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview to evaluate their potential for studying and interest in the programme.


For further programme information, please contact: 
The General Office (tel: 2766 5746; email: ssba@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

I thoroughly enjoyed the study of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy & Administration (“the SPA Programme") (now retitled as Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship).

The SPA Programme is unique in that it integrates theory and practice into the curriculum, allowing students to gain two-fold knowledge required to critically and rationally analyze social problems. The best thing about the SPA Programme is the broad spectrum of courses available to students. Apart from professional core specializations, I enjoyed taking other equally stimulating courses, ranging from stream electives such as Legal Aspects of Human Services to social sciences electives like Economics and Social Problems. 

The cherry on top was having supportive professors whose passion for education encouraged me to make the most out of the learning experience. Despite the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the pandemic, I am impressed by their professionalism and dedication to teaching. 

All in all, studying the SPA Programme was a fruitful and rewarding experience. If you wish to gain a solid foundation in analyzing social policy and social enterprise operations, this Programme may be for you!

ALI Asma
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Interview Arrangement

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.

Date of Interview
In around early December 2023 and mid-March 2024 (Tentatively)

About 1 hour

Group Interview (face-to-face or online depending on the pandemic situation)
  • Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an interview.