BSocSc Public Policy and Politics

Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1108
BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places : 78
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 Non-JUPAS applicants, the programme code is 1108.

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 specialize 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 comprehensively understand public policy, public management, and political developments in Hong Kong, China and the contemporary global world; and
  • produce graduates who can effectively meet 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-government organisations.

Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the minimum 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, management, 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, environmental studies, 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 specialize in one of the following streams:

  • Housing and Urban Studies
  • Politics
  • Public Management

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.

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, organizational 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.


First-Year Curriculum

Students are required to take courses to fulfil the University's requirements, such as Gateway Education, University Language and College Requirement courses.  Students majoring in Public Policy and Politics are also required to take six foundation courses in their first year of study.  For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the Undergraduate Catalogue.

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, the Housing Authority, Hospital Authority and Airport Authority. Some teach in secondary schools and some go 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.

Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University for students in Public Policy and Politics (Politics Stream)

Students in the Public Policy and Politics Programme (Politics stream) may apply for admission to the Joint Degree Program.  Students admitted to the Joint Degree Program will spend their first two years at City University of Hong Kong and stay at Columbia University for their third and fourth years. Upon graduation, students will receive two degrees: Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Politics conferred by City University of Hong Kong and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science conferred by Columbia University.  


Alumni Sharing

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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, the United States, Canada and Asia for exchange study. The Department has an impressive record in securing international exchange places with universities in Europe, North America and Australia. The Department also provides an internship scheme for PPP students to gain practical working experience in a wide range of public and private organisations.  This experience 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, and 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.