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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 Year 1, students decide on at least one Arts major.  From Year 2 - 4, 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 (Arts or non-Arts) courses, which may achieve an additional major, or up to two minors.

Some programmes require students to have certain academic abilities, e.g. a certain level of language qualifications, before they are allowed to enroll in the programme.  Students are advised to carefully study the requirements in the BA syllabuses for individual programmes.

In addition, the Faculty offers two four-year dual BA degree programmes in collaboration with two highly respected international universities.  For the one jointly offered with the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), students will spend the first two years in France and the third and fourth years in Hong Kong.  For the one jointly offered with the University of California, Berkeley, students will spend the first two years in Hong Kong and the third and fourth years in the USA.


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" 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 Arts


Tel: 3917-8977


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2019 1643 661 795 945 859 4903
2018 1595 656 851 1022 879 5003
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
2019 314 0 0 0 0 314
2018 338 0 0 0 0 338
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