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

Year of Entry 2018
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 : 116
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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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 applicants will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the  Department of Applied Social Sciences. Students will enter a major (current major options: Criminology and Sociology; Psychology; Social Work) after one year of study. The top 40% of students# will have a free choice of 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.


# based on CGPA with no failed grades and completion of at least 30 credit units including College/Department required courses

Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements.


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.)


Programme Title
BSocSc Psychology
Our Target

The Psychology major provides students with comprehensive training in psychology with an emphasis on experimental and research competencies, and prepares students for professional development in human service careers and advanced training in professional psychology and related fields.

What You Will Be Studying

Core Courses :

• Basic Psychology

• Basic Psychology II

• Developmental Psychology

• Biological Psychology

• Social Psychology

• Cognitive Psychology

• Learning and Behaviour

• Personality and Individual Differences

• Research Methods for Behavioural Sciences

• Design and Analysis for Psychological Research I and II

• Final-Year Research Project


• Psychology of Interpersonal Relations

• Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence

• Neuropsychology

• Abnormal Psychology

• Cultural Psychology

• Psychology of Ageing

• Psychology of Language

• Positive Psychology

• Multivariate Analysis for Psychological Research

• Psychological Testing

• Introduction to Counselling Psychology

• Introduction to Clinical Psychology

• Introduction to Educational Psychology

• Introduction to Industrial/Organisational Psychology

• Introduction to Health Psychology

• Psychology Internship

(Note:The list of elective courses offered may vary from year to year.)

Major Selection

Potential applicants will be required to submit a portfolio containing personal credentials.

Start Your Career Here

Our graduates are particularly suited for people-oriented jobs such as human resources, public relations, customer services, children and youth services, education and training, counselling and guidance, health-related services, family and community work, etc. They are also well-prepared for jobs that require strong research skills and competence, critical analysis and communication abilities, such as scientific or applied research, research and development, project management and so on. Students who aspire to practise as professional psychologists will be able to pursue advanced education at the Master's or doctoral level in Hong Kong or overseas with training in pursuing scientific research or applied psychological training such as health, forensic, clinical, educational, counselling and occupational psychology.

Joint Degree Programme

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Professional Recognition

Graduates who satisfy the requirements stipulated by the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) can apply for Graduate Membership of the Society (Note: Graduate Membership of the HKPS is normally regarded as an entrance requirement for advanced training in professional psychology).

Bonus Features
  • Practical learning in psychology laboratories.
  • Opportunities to engage in summer internships in or outside Hong Kong.
  • Individual supervision for the Final Year Project.
  • Interdisciplinary learning in other social sciences, such as sociology, social work, counselling, and criminology.
  • Exchange programmes with overseas universities.
  • The opportunity to study at Columbia University, New York (The Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program:
Major Leader
Dr Tina L Rochelle
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