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Hong Kong Baptist University


Bachelor of Arts 文學士


Short Description

The Faculty of Arts will implement a hybrid admissions model starting from 2020 entry. Students may apply for admission to the Broad-based Programme or to a specific Major Programme. In the Broad-based programme, students will spend their first year of study exploring different arts disciplines. Towards the end of their first year, they will choose the Major they would like to study. The Broad-based Admissions programme consists of six Major programmes: (1) Chinese Language and Literature, (2) Creative and Professional Writing, (3) English Language and Literature, (4) Humanities, (5) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, and (6) Translation.

(1) Chinese Language and Literature

The Major is committed to providing students with a thorough training in Chinese language, literature, and culture. The acquisition of knowledge and skills of basic research and training in critical thinking enable students to achieve their academic goals, personal growth, and their commitment to lifelong learning and preparation for future careers. This serves the University’s common goal of “Whole Person Education”, and empowers students to contribute to both the local and international communities.

(2) Creative and Professional Writing

The Creative and Professional Writing Programme of HKBU is the first UGC-funded undergraduate programme among Hong Kong tertiary institutions dedicated to creative and professional writing in both Chinese and English. 

The Major emphasises the following general aims:

- To provide students with a vigorous curriculum to develop creative and professional writing skills in Chinese and English;

- To develop students’ abilities when writing professionally in different genres and contexts to enhance students’ career opportunities;

- To cultivate students to produce original works of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction;

- To enhance students’ cultural literacy which would act as a solid basis for their creative and professional writing;

- To build up their knowledge for self-directed and life-long learning in the world of professional writing and publishing.

(3) English Language and Literature

This Major offers excellent opportunities for students to develop their disciplinary knowledge in English language and literature with a cross-cultural perspective; written and verbal communication skills; critical thinking skills and appreciation of creative writing; leadership skills and teamwork techniques; awareness or international values, including overseas study and/or work experience.

(4) Humanities

The first and unique undergraduate programme in Hong Kong to offering a broad liberal arts education, the Humanities programme dedicated itself to training students to think critically and creatively, to write logically and speak confidently, to sympathise with humanity, and to appreciate life. 

Our teaching staff profile includes renowned scholars and emerging young ones. Our programme continues to be distinguished by the three pillars of interdisciplinarity, bilingual teaching and learning, and cross-culturalism. Based on these unique strengths, our programme is marked by three Cs: 

- “Creative”: Students of Humanities will develop and defend the freedom of mind;

- “Cultural”: They will learn both classical and contemporary cultures;

- “Critical”: They will appreciate diverse perspectives.

(5) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics 

This interdisciplinary programme provides an excellent opportunity to study major world religions, philosophical traditions, and ethical schools of thought in a systematic and critical way. Students will develop an ability to correlate religious ideas and values, as well as philosophical and ethical thought with both a personal quest for meaning in life and the reflection of contemporary socio-cultural issues, such as life and death, gender equality and social justice. Students will better understand more about the human person and human culture through a comparative and interdisciplinary study of different religious and philosophical traditions, showing the vast range of human responses to various life problems, such as life and death, meaning of life, and social justice from ancient times to the contemporary world.  

(6) Translation

The Translation Programme aims to “educate bilingual and bicultural communicators for professional translation and language careers”. Teachers of the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies share with students their expertise in academic research, their experience of frontline fieldwork in interlingual and intercultural communication, and their pedagogic vision. Students are thus prepared to meet the cultural, socio-political and economic needs of the local community, as well as those of a rapidly developing China. The Programme provides a strong mix of both academic intellectual training and professionally- oriented practice. It offers a range of specialist options such as Computer-Aided Translation, Spanish-Chinese Translation, Literary Translation, Media Translation, Legal Translation, Scientific-Technological Translation, and different forms of Interpreting.

Unique Features

Only Faculty of Arts offers Double Major Programmes in Hong Kong Baptist University. Student may choose to take a Double Major Programme which consists of two Majors in one Bachelor’s degree. Student can choose any two Majors from (1) Chinese Language and Literature, (2) English Language and Literature and (3) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics or Double Major in Translation and English Language and Literature.

Student Learning Experiences  

Student can join the internship programmes and exchange programmes organised by the University. 

Apart from University’s programmes, some of our Departments offer Major-orientated Internship to their students, such as Creative and Professional Writing Programme offers writing internship to their Major’s students, and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Programme offers summer internship in NGOs.

In addition to the internship and exchange programmes, some of our Departments will organise study tours to broaden students’ horizons. For example, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Programme organised study tours to Europe and Dunhuang-Xinjiang, and Humanities Programme has organised summer study tours to Germany and Taiwan, etc.

Career Opportunities 

Administration, education, publishing, media, public relations, marketing, social service, culture and the arts, etc.

Admissions Scholarship 

To award outstanding HKDSE students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty offers a new scholarship starting from the 2020 intake: 

Sum of HKDSE Score

(4 Core plus 2 electives) 

Amount of Scholarship
30 or above $42,100 (one-off, 100% of the first-year tuition)
29    $21,050 (one-off, 50% of the first-year tuition)

The Priority to Select Major Programme of Study (HKDSE students who obtain score of 25 or above have the priority to choose their preferred Major programme) will be cancelled with effect from the 2020 intake, in keeping with the introduction of the Hybrid Admission Scheme. 

Please refer to the website for more details. 


Students may take an integrated programme by extending their undergraduate study by one year, leading to the award of a bachelor's degree plus a Diploma in Education.



  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements

Notes for elective subjects:

1) One of the electives must be any Category A subjects including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);

2) The other elective can be any of the following subjects:
    a) Category A subjects;
    b) Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.

Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level

Note 1: For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students, alternative Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University are listed in the website:

Note 2: Equivalences to Level 3 in English are listed in the website:

Note 3:

  • The elective subjects must be Category A subjects (unless specified) excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2).
  • Individual programmes may consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2), Category B subjects (Applied Learning) and/or Category C subjects (Other Languages) for fulfillment of elective requirement. Please refer to the programme entrance requirements of individual programmes for details.

Remarks on admissions score: Individual programme would adopt different score formulae for calculating applicants’ admissions scores. Please refer to the following link for the updated score calculation and subject weights of our programmes for 2021 entry:

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100


Admissions Office


Tel: 3411 2200


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2020 765 826 1021 1045 643 4300
2019 1241 1151 1295 1231 814 5732
2018 1399 1211 1429 1570 945 6554
2017 1183 1312 1521 1678 1115 6809
2016 1428 1543 1846 2086 1289 8192
2015 1591 1745 2317 2604 1745 10002
2014 1753 1917 2731 3174 2136 11711
2013 1556 1718 2587 3362 2360 11583
2012 2194 1915 2352 2950 2171 11582

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

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2020 47 3 2 0 1 53
2019 128 10 1 3 1 143
2018 146 13 1 0 0 160
2017 139 13 0 1 1 154
2016 161 1 4 1 0 167
2015 178 5 0 0 0 183
2014 161 6 1 0 1 169
2013 142 7 3 1 0 153
2012 178 4 1 0 0 183