BSocSc Public Policy and Politics

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1276
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years (for Advanced Standing I); 2 years (for Advanced Standing II)
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Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Major Director
Dr Jermain LAM
BA W. Ontario, MA Manitoba, PhD HKU
+852 3442 8761 (Phone)
+852 3442 0413 (Fax)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8920 (Phone)
+852 3442 0413 (Fax)
For Housing & Urban Studies Stream
+852 3442 8917

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.

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award.

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, management, policy and political analysis positions.

What You Will Be Studying

You will specialise in one stream to study out of three:

  • Politics 
  • Public Management 
  • Housing and Urban Studies (Advanced Standing II only)


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.

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. This stream only admits students of senior year entry.

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


For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the Undergraduate Catalogue. (Note: The catalogue for the 2016 cohort is for reference only. The 2017 catalogue will be published around July 2017.)

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 organisations 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. Graduates of the Environmental Policy Major (now subsumed as the Environmental Policy and Management stream in the PPP Major) work in a range of relevant positions, such as sustainability officers in the property sector, in university estate offices and as environmental officers in government joint ventures.

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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.

Professional Recognition

Housing and Urban Studies Stream: Accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Housing and the Chartered Institute of Hong Kong.