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The Open University of Hong Kong


Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Applied Social Studies 應用社會研究榮譽社會科學學士

BSSc (Hons) App Soc Stud

Short Description

The applied social studies curriculum guides students to develop an all-round understanding of social life basing on the intellectual foundation in sociology. Through studying topics of contemporary relevance such as social issues in Hong Kong and Chinese societies, globalization, crime and criminal justice, social policy and administration, urban development and media, students are trained to be analytical and reflective thinkers with greater social and cultural awareness. Courses with an applied dimension from economics, politics and psychology are also included for a more integrated perspective of society. Upon graduation, students will be well-equipped with useful knowledge and transferable generic skills for careers in social and community services, education, social and business research, marketing, public relations and communication.

After the completion of the first year study, students who find mismatch between the chosen major and their aptitude/interest can apply to switch to other desired social sciences major, subject to the required academic achievement and available quota.



  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
One of the following elective subjects:
  1. HKDSE Category B subjects (Applied Learning) with attainment at “Attained” or above; or Category C subjects (Other Languages) with attainment at grade E or above will be considered as elective subjects.

  2. Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) applicants, who have met the specified circumstances as announced by the Education Bureau (EDB), can use the following qualifications to replace HKDSE Chinese Language level 3 to meet the entrance requirement for Chinese Language:
    • HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese: Attained with Distinction  
    • GCE (A-Level /AS-Level) Chinese: Grade E or above  
    • GCE (O-Level)/ GCSE/ IGCSE Chinese: Grade C or above

  3. Some programmes may give higher weighting or preference for certain elective subjects in admission selection.  Please refer to the ‘Programme Information’ for details.

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

The University will calculate the best grades attained by an applicant from the most current two sittings of HKDSE taken by the applicant.  There is no grade penalty for multiple sittings.

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 73,070

Estimated Programme Fees:
First year: HK$73,070
Whole Programme: HK$292,280 


  1. The estimated composite tuition/programme fees listed above are for reference only. The rate is subject to approval. Tuition fees are charged according to the number of course credits taken by a student. A student will normally take 40 credits in an academic year.
  2. The composite tuition/programme fees listed above have included laboratory/ practicum/immersion course fee etc.
  3. Students, who fulfilled the stipulated requirements set by the Education Bureau, are eligible for the Government’s non-means-tested annual subsidy.


Full-time Social Sciences Programme team


Tel: 27686457


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2017 262 508 620 858 1034 3282
2016 377 697 834 1118 1298 4324
2015 450 787 1155 1304 1428 5124
2014 386 837 1216 1548 1742 5729
2013 327 792 1316 1729 1943 6107
2012 366 740 1195 1673 1923 5897

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 77 54 34 0 0 165
2016 125 0 0 0 0 125
2015 121 18 0 0 0 139
2014 45 27 0 0 0 72
2013 11 28 21 0 0 60
2012 8 30 28 0 0 66