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The University of Hong Kong


Bachelor of Arts 文學士


Short Description

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme involves a four-year curriculum.  The first year is a "year of exploration", in which students are encouraged to pursue their own special interests but also to introduce themselves to subjects that are new to them.  They have a wide range of choices, but are required to take at least 18 credits of introductory Arts courses, normally including the pre-requisite(s) of the programme(s) in which they plan to major or minor.

At the end of the first year, students decide on at least one major field of specialisation in the faculty.  From the second to the fourth years of study, the BA programme offers a liberal and flexible curriculum, enabling students to develop their individual study programmes within a guided and academically coherent framework.  Students can elect to pursue one arts major plus a variety of other courses, two separate majors, or one major and up to two minors.

Some programmes offered under the BA require students to have certain academic abilities, for example a certain level of language qualifications, before they are allowed to enroll in the programme and/or to make it their major.  Students are advised to carefully study the requirements in the BA syllabuses for individual programmes.

Apart from having at least one Arts major, students can optionally choose to take major(s) and/or minor(s) offered by other faculties, with the aim of broadening their knowledge and perspectives.  In addition, they may also choose to study on the four-year dual degree programme which two Bachelor's degrees from two highly respected international universities – one from Europe – Sciences Po – and one from Asia – The University of Hong Kong (HKU) will be awarded.  Students will spend the first two years in France and the third and fourth years in Hong Kong.


Programme Website


  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level


  1. "Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education” is referred to as “HKDSE”.
  2. "Attained with Distinction” in Applied Learning subjects will be used as additional supporting information. In the meantime, student learning experiences in Applied Learning subjects may be considered within the context of other learning experiences in their application.
  3. Other Language subjects will be used as unspecified elective subjects. The minimum requirement is Grade E.

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE Examination

In general, most of the programmes offered by HKU consider the best results achieved by candidates in different combination of sittings, except for a few programmes which only consider the latest results.  Few programmes may also impose a penalty on HKDSE repeaters.  The policy on the calculation of scores in combined sittings of HKDSE for the 2018-19 exercise will be finalized at a later stage, which will be posted on our website

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100


Faculty of Arts


Tel: 3917-8977


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2017 1192 505 725 945 864 4231
2016 1129 523 744 929 961 4286
2015 1102 488 805 1032 1114 4541
2014 1029 456 716 1090 1257 4548
2013 1341 482 667 939 1158 4587
2012 1356 475 821 1155 1407 5214

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2017 343 0 0 0 0 343
2016 334 0 0 0 0 334
2015 330 0 0 0 0 330
2014 330 0 0 0 0 330
2013 280 0 0 0 0 280
2012 280 0 0 0 0 280