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The University of Hong Kong


Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies 建築學文學士


Short Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies BA(AS) is a four-year, full-time programme that introduces students to architecture as a cultural discipline.  It is the first degree needed to qualify as an architect, and provides an excellent general education that gives students the confidence to pursue related careers both within the design professions and further afield.  The course of study is centered on research based learning in the design studio and is structured to foster a sense of community, develop deep knowledge of the discipline, and encourage creativity.  Design studios look at diverse contemporary issues relevant to Hong Kong and the world and are structured by five thematic platforms that introduce students to a range of methodologies and approaches to the territorial, political, technological, urban and environmental issues that comprise architecture as a cultural discipline.

The BA(AS) program offers numerous opportunities for knowledge exchange and international experience, including study-abroad at the Faculty’s Shanghai Study Centre, semester exchanges with leading international schools of architecture, study trips to foundational sites of Asian architecture and urbanism, and hands-on experience through the summer field studies workshops.  Courses in the program are offered in the areas of Architectural Design, History and Theory of Architecture, Technology, and Visual Communication.


Programme Website


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

Candidates applying for admission to the BA(AS) program are required to take part in the Aptitude Exercise.  The exercise allows applicants to demonstrate their interest and capacity for architectural thinking.  The criteria measured by the exercise include: capacity to conceptualize, creativity, curiosity, analytical ability, daring, rigor, intelligence, intuition, openness, perseverance, spatial sensibility and sociability.  The exercise proposes a new question every year and is completed at home and submitted as a digital upload through the HKU Admissions website.  Instructions for taking part in the Aptitude Exercise will be sent to all potential applicants via e-mail and posted on the HKU Admissions website.  Letters of recommendation and portfolios are not required.

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" obtained prior to 2018, or "Attained with Distinction (I)" or "Attained with Distinction (II)" obtained in or after 2018, in Applied Learning subjects (other than Applied Learning Chinese) 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 2020-21 exercise will be finalized at a later stage, which will be posted on our website

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100


Faculty of Architecture


Tel: 3917-2149


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2019 147 63 149 212 224 795
2018 166 84 162 261 247 920
2017 129 83 145 222 230 809
2016 158 94 168 265 264 949
2015 151 70 179 251 325 976
2014 122 52 168 258 312 912
2013 160 91 136 238 266 891
2012 199 82 179 284 376 1120

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

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2019 43 0 0 0 0 43
2018 34 0 0 0 0 34
2017 33 0 0 0 0 33
2016 31 0 0 0 0 31
2015 35 0 0 0 0 35
2014 34 0 0 0 0 34
2013 31 0 0 0 0 31
2012 31 0 0 0 0 31