BSocSc Public Policy and Politics

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1108
BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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Major Director
Dr Jermain LAM
BA W. Ontario, MA Manitoba, PhD HKU
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Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1108.

Our Target

The aims of the major in Public Policy and Politics (PPP) are to:

  • provide students with a comprehensive education in the common core theories, concepts, and knowledge bases of public policy, public management, and political science;
  • enable students to specialise in public policy, public management, or political science for gaining an understanding of the essential theories, principles, dynamics, and analytic approaches of these bodies of knowledge;
  • equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and analytical tools to understand comprehensively public policy, public management, and political developments in Hong Kong, China and the contemporary global world; and
  • produce graduates who can meet effectively the human resources needs of a wide range of public and private sector employers in administrative, management, and policy and political analysis positions, as well as in the media and non-governmental organisations.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements

Start Your Career Here

The major in Public Policy and Politics produces graduates who can effectively meet the human resources needs of a wide range of public and private sector employers in administrative, mangement, policy and political analysis positions.

What You Will Be Studying

In the first year you will take a number of foundation courses essential to the basic understanding of public policy and politics - public management, political science, urban studies, and philosophy.  These courses will give you a solid platform on which to build up your general knowledge of public policy and politics.

In the second year of study, you will specialise in one of the following streams*:

  • Housing and Urban Studies
  • Politics 
  • Public Management 

*The University reserves the right to make changes to the stream offerings.

The Housing and Urban Studies stream studies housing policy, urban policy, housing management, law for housing studies, property management, housing economics and finance, building services and technology, and urban planning.  This is a professionally accredited programme by the Hong Kong Institute of Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

The Politics stream studies Hong Kong and Chinese politics, comparative government, international relations, democracy and democratisation, and ethics in government.

The Public Management stream focuses on human resources management, financial resources management, organisational behavior in public management, management ethics, and public policy ethics.

A number of electives under each study stream will also be offered to PPP students to enrich their learning in the subject discipline.

Department of Public Policy

The Department of Public Policy (POL) is a multidisciplinary department with a multinational faculty and a strong international orientation. With faculty members graduating from many of the world’s top universities and with a commitment to leading edge research and high quality teaching, it can lay strong claim to be the leading department in its field in the region.


Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants holding a 12-year school-leaving qualification or a partially completed sub-degree qualification will apply for admission to first-year studies in the  Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Politics programme (admission code: 1108).

Applicants holding a 13-year school-leaving qualification, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or a General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCEAL) qualification may apply for direct admission to the  Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Politics programme with Advanced Standing I (admission code: 1276) or without advanced standing (first-year studies, admission code: 1108).

First-Year Curriculum

Students are required to take courses to fulfil the University's requirements, such as, Gateway Education, University Language and College Requirement.  Students majored in Public Policy and Politics are also required to take six foundation courses in their first year of study.

Did You Know?

The PPP Major equips graduates for successful careers in a wide range of administration, management, politics, and policy positions in both the public and private sectors.  PPP graduates work as administrative officers and executive officers in various government departments.   Some also work as administrators and managers in public organizations such as universities, public hospitals, Housing Authority, Hospital Authority, and Airport Authority.  Some teach in secondary school and some have gone on to work as anchors and reporters in the news media.  Many of our graduates find employment in the private sector in the fields of public transport, banking, financial services, and property management.

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Student Exchange/Internship

The Department of Public Policy sends a large number of PPP students to overseas universities in Europe, Australia, United States, Canada, and Asia for exchange study.  The Department has achieved an impressive record in securing of international exchange places with universities in Europe, North America and Australia.  The Department also provides internship scheme to PPP students to gain practical working experience in a wide range of both public and private organisations.  This also helps PPP students to look for jobs after graduation.  Various field trips and study tours to different places are organised by faculty in different courses to broaden the knowledge horizons of PPP students to enable them compare and to evaluate the practice of public policy and the operation of governments in different countries.