Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Sept 2024 Entry


2 years


63 credits

  • This 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
Deadline Extension: 22 Feb 2024
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims
The overall aim of this programme is to develop and prepare students with multi-disciplinary competence, and the capacity of social innovation and entrepreneurship to work with the increasingly diverse ageing populations; to equip students with a full scope of knowledge, skills and abilities to plan, deliver, manage, evaluate and coordinate active ageing and care services across social and health care settings and in the growing “silver market”, and to meet the emerging needs of the ageing society. 


The main features of the programme are as follows.


a) The programme takes a broad-based and multidisciplinary approach, and the curriculum covers four important themes including i) ageing and social policy, ii) active ageing and health promotion, iii) leadership and management in ageing services, and iv) social innovations and entrepreneurship in silver industries.


b) A multidisciplinary academic and professional teaching team has been formed with expertise in gerontology, social work, social policy, service management and administration, sociology, nursing, rehabilitation science, psychology, design, hotel and tourism management, financial management and technology.


c) 240 hours of Work-Integrated Education (WIE) (i.e., applied ageing studies and service management internship) and a Capstone Project are arranged for promoting better integration of knowledge into practice.


With a wide range of collaborating agencies, the curriculum allows students with diverse interests to choose one out of the four main areas for their internship and capstone projects to prepare them for subsequent career choices.


Recognition & Prospects

Career Prospects

Graduates can seek employment in human services, government agencies, voluntary and non-governmental organisations, social enterprises or companies in the private sector that provide services and products for the ageing population.


This is a 2-year full-time top-up degree programme. Students are required 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 Applied Ageing Studies & Service Management

  • Professional English for Applied Ageing Studies & Service Management Students


Professional Core

  • Ageing, Family and Society

  • Health and Ageing

  • Legal Aspects of Human Services

  • Management in Human Services

  • Marketing Strategies and Skills in Human Services

  • Participatory Design and Innovation in an Ageing Society

  • Physical Activity and Practice for Active Ageing

  • Psychology and Ageing

  • Skills and Practice of Working with Older Adults

  • Social Policy and Social Care for an Ageing Society

  • Social Research Methods

  • Special Seminars on Ageing and Service Management


Professional Electives (choose 2 subjects)

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Financial Plannning and Management in Organizations

  • Programme Planning & Evaluation

  • Social Capital

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Work-Integrated Education (Clinical/Field Training)

  • Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management Internship


Capstone Project

  • Capstone Project for Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management


More information on the programme can be obtained here.


Credit Required for Graduation

63 credits

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Prof. BAI Xue

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


  • Preference will be given to graduates from social sciences, social work, psychology, policy and administration, management, guidance and counselling, and health sciences.



For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5717 ; e-mail: ssba@polyu.edu.hk)

Student Message

How would you describe “ageing”? How do you see yourself in 40 years from now? Everyone has a different answer based on their training and personal experience. During my study, the programme has helped me to perceive ageing from a broad perspective. I found that the teachers are very inspiring. In class, we do not only learn about the theories of ageing, but also learn to see ageing from a social perspective. The programme covers topics from changes in family structure to a variety of social phenomenon, such as loneliness and intergenerational gap. In addition, the curriculum emphasizes on developing our problem-solving skills in response to the old age challenge in different areas. We have a lot of group works and Capstone project that allow us to select ageing topics that are of interested to us. The department also organized intergenerational activities for students to interact with older adults. Most importantly, the internship has provided first-hand experience in working with older adults in local settings. These experiences are very valuable because they help me to understand what I want to achieve in the future.  At the end of the day, everyone does age; but life planning is never too late. The programme is like a fast forward journey for me to foresee my future self. To conclude, it has equipped me with all the knowledge and skills as a professional working in the old age field.

Darren Lam
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate



Copies of public examination result slip(s) demonstrating applicants' academic performance and English language proficiency, e.g. HKDSE, HKASL, HKALE, HKCEE, IELTS, TOFEL, etc.

Interview Arrangement

To assess applicants’ potential for studying and interest in the programme, to test their language competence and communication skills, and to gauge their understanding of current and emerging issues facing an ageing society.

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

Approximately 1 hour

Group Interview (face-to-face or online)
  • Suitable applicants will be invited to interviews.