BSocSc Public Policy and Politics


Academic Year of Entry 2023/24
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1108
BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
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Minimum No. of Credits Required 120
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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Admissions Tutor
Dr Nick OR
Programme Leader
Prof YIP Ngai Ming
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Department of Public International Affairs

The Department of Public and International Affairs 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, the Department can lay a strong claim to be the leading department in its field in the region.

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

Curriculum Structure

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 foundation courses in their first year of study. 

For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue’ (Note: The catalogue for the 2022 cohort is for reference only. The 2023 catalogue will be published around July 2023.)

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 specialize in one of the following streams:

  • Political Science and Governance 
  • Public Policy and Management 

The Political Science and Governance stream will engage students in the study of wider political and governance issues, the Department can effectively broaden students’ horizons, boost their political and governance skills, and eventually improve their general employability.

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

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

Joint Bachelor's Degree Programme

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

Students in the Public Policy and Politics Programme (Political Science and Governance stream) may apply for admission to the Joint Degree Programme.  Students admitted to the Joint Degree Programme 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.  



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.

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.

Alumni Sharing

Student Exchange/Internship

The Department of Public and International Affairs 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 to PPP students to gain practical working experience in a wide range of both public and private organizations. This helps the career planning of PPP students. Apart from these, POL summer schools are very popular among PPP students for spending a summer in a foreign setting. Various field trips and study tours to different places are organized by faculty in different courses to broaden the horizons of PPP students to enable them to compare and evaluate the practices of public policy and the operation of government in different countries.