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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

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 and criminology. 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, aging in society, 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, our students will be well-equipped with useful 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 prepares graduates to further their studies in the social sciences in local and overseas universities. Our graduates have been successful in their pursuits of masters 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.


Programme Website


  • 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  
    • GCE (A-Level /AS-Level) Chinese: Grade E or above  
    • GCE (O-Level)/ GCSE/ IGCSE Chinese: Grade E or above

    For programmes with specific entrance requirements on the Chinese Language proficiency, please click here for details.

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

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$ 74,166

Estimated Programme Fees
1st year: HK$74,166
Whole Programme: HK$307,976

Estimated Programme Fees after deducting NMTSS subsidy (HK$30,800/year), if applicable
1st year: HK$43,366
Whole Programme: HK$184,776


  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., if applicable.
  3. The estimated composite tuition/programme fee for the whole programme has taken the Composite Consumer Price Index (CCPI) projected by OUHK for the second to fourth year, i.e. 2020/21 to 2022/23, into account but the annual adjustment of tuition fee will be capped at the actual CCPI to be announced by the Government or the CCPI projected by the University, whichever is lower.
  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. A student’s eligibility for the NMTSS and the annual subsidy amount allocated in an academic year is subject to EDB’s final approval. The annual subsidy amount of NMTSS for the 2018/19 academic year is HK$30,800. The annual subsidy amount for the 2019/20 academic year will be announced by the Government later.
  6. Only local students are eligible for subsidy under NMTSS.


Dr. Garland Liu


Tel: 27685713


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
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
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