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Hong Kong Metropolitan University


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

Built on the intellectual foundation of sociology, the applied social studies curriculum guides students to acquire an understanding of social life focusing on social policy, criminology, and cultural and heritage studies. Our sociology courses look into many topics of contemporary relevance – such as globalization, social institutions and issues in Hong Kong and Mainland China, crime and criminal justice, social administration and social policy, culture and identity, youth and intergenerational relations, ageing and health, as well as family, gender and sexuality. Courses with an applied dimension from psychology, economics, politics and public administration are also integrated into the curriculum to develop students into all-round analytical and reflective thinkers.

Upon graduation, students will be well-equipped with knowledge and transferable generic skills for careers in the civil service, social and community services, law enforcement, education, social and business research, marketing, public relations, media and communication as well as other commercial sectors. Our programme also prepares graduates to further their studies in social sciences in local and overseas universities. Our graduates have been successful in their pursuits of master’s and doctoral degrees as well as professional qualifications in the areas of social work and welfare studies, public policy studies, special education, management studies, surveying, and nursing.

Starting from the academic year of 2021-2022, three specializations, namely “Criminology”, “Cultural and Heritage Studies” and “Social Policy and Youth Studies” will be introduced. Students can declare their specializations according to their interests after being admitted to the programme.


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  • 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. Unless otherwise stated in the Specific Subject Requirement & Weighting, 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 can be counted as elective subjects.

  2. Mathematics Extended Part (i.e. Module 1 (Calculus and Statistics) / Module 2 (Algebra and Calculus)) will be counted as an elective subject. If applicants have taken both Module 1 and Module 2, only the module with best result will be taken into consideration.

  3. 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:
    • ‘Attained’ or above in HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese
    • Grade E or above in GCE (A-Level / AS-Level / O-Level) Chinese
    • Grade E / Grade 3 or above in GCSE / IGCSE Chinese   
    For programmes with specific entrance requirements on the Chinese Language proficiency, please click here for details.

  4. In addition to the General Entrance Requirements, individual programme may require specific subject requirements. Also, some programmes may give higher weighting to certain subjects, core and/or elective, and some may also grant preference to certain elective subjects in admission selection.  Please refer to the ‘Programme-specific subject requirements’ for details or click here.

  5. The University accepts combined results of HKDSE examination. The best results will be counted for meeting the entrance requirements and for the calculation of admissions scores.

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

HKMU will consider the best grade attained for a particular subject from any sittings of HKDSE examination taken by the applicant. There is no grade penalty for multiple sittings.

First Year Tuition FeeUpdated

HK$ 78,320

Estimated Programme Fees
1st year: HK$78,320
Whole Programme: HK$313,280

Estimated Programme Fees after deducting NMTSS subsidy (HK$33,200/year), if applicable
1st year: HK$45,120
Whole Programme: HK$180,480


  1. The composite tuition/programme fees listed above have included laboratory/practicum/immersion course fees, etc., if applicable.
  2. Non-local students will be charged at a higher rate.
  3. There will be an annual adjustment of tuition fees which will be capped at the actual Composite Consumer Price Index (CCPI) to be announced by the Government. The estimated composite tuition/programme fees for the whole programme has not yet taken the CCPI for the second to fourth (or fifth) year, i.e. 2023/24 to 2025/26 (or 2026/27) academic year, into account.
  4. Students, who fulfilled the stipulated requirements set by the Education Bureau (EDB), are eligible for the Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong (“NMTSS”) provided by the Government. For details of the scheme and eligibility, please visit
  5. The NMTSS subsidy amount for the 2022/23 academic year (AY) is HK$33,200.
  6. A student’s eligibility for the NMTSS and the annual subsidy amount allocated in an academic year is subject to EDB’s final approval.
  7. Only local students are eligible for subsidy under NMTSS.


Dr. Beatrice Lam


Tel: 27685863


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2021 137 276 379 561 581 1934
2020 236 382 542 687 695 2542
2019 275 419 578 715 813 2800
2018 310 565 650 857 989 3371
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
2021 30 9 6 6 3 54
2020 44 19 8 8 9 88
2019 65 32 18 18 19 152
2018 82 61 39 44 49 275
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