Department of Applied Social Sciences (options: BSocSc Criminology and Sociology, BSocSc Psychology, BSocSc Social Work)

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1101
Department of Applied Social Sciences (options: BSocSc Criminology and Sociology, BSocSc Psychology, BSocSc Social Work)
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places : 113
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
Tuition Fee Click here for more information

Department of Applied Social Sciences

The Department of Applied Social Sciences prides itself on its long track record of offering high-quality education delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members. “Applied Social Sciences” is the term used to describe the application of social science models and theories to the understanding and analysis of social issues and to the solution of individual and community problems. It includes the study of counselling, criminology, psychology, social work and sociology.

The Department of Applied Social Sciences offers the following majors:

  • Criminology and Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Criminology and Sociology provides students with a broad knowledge of criminology and sociological practice, and professional competence in conducting sociological research to solve problems in organisational, community, societal, national and international contexts. This major is suitable for students with a particular interest in protecting the public and maintaining Hong Kong’s status as one of the safest cities in the world.  Psychology is the scientific study of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Students are provided with comprehensive education in major fields of psychology, including biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, educational, health, personality and social psychology. They are also offered opportunities to design and conduct psychological research.  Social Work is a helping profession that applies knowledge from various disciplines of the social sciences to develop theories and practices. We set out to strengthen and provide support for individuals, families, groups and the community in problem solving as well as in achieving growth and development.  



Admission Arrangements for JUPAS Applicants


JUPAS HKDSE students will apply for admission to first-year studies at the Department of Applied Social Sciences. During their first year of study, students will study a broad range of Gateway Education (GE) and College/Department core courses. Students will enter a major after one year of study. The top 40% of students of the Department [based on (i) cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B; (ii) no failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B; and (iii) completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B, including the number of credit units specified by the College/ Department for its required courses] will have free choice of the majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.

Current major options: Criminology and Sociology; Psychology; Social Work. The University reserves the right to make changes to the major offerings.


Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements. For details, please click here.


First-Year Curriculum

The new four-year curriculum allows students to gain in-depth knowledge through major studies, and diversify students’ learning through GE courses, electives and optional minors. Here in SS, we have Departmental requirements in the first year of the curriculum, which exposes students to the three major disciplines prior to major declaration, giving students the opportunity to make a more informed decision on their choice of major. As well as the three courses which make up the departmental requirements, SS also offers students the opportunity to get involved in non-credit bearing course, which help students with the adjustment to university life.

Major Option(s) Currently Available (The University reserves the right to make changes to the major offerings.)