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  • Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Ageing Society and Services Studies

    The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Ageing Society and Services Studies is a 4-year programme offered by the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

    The Ageing Society and Services Studies programme prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed in identifying, analysing and evaluating issues arising out of an ageing society and related services provision. Its multidisciplinary curriculum draws upon applied social studies, economics, politics and public administration as well as psychology. It looks into subject areas covering the effects of ageing on mind and body; generational relations; the economics of healthcare and retirement; social inequality in later-life; as well as related public policy and services development. It equips students with the professional competence, transferable generic skills and critical reflectiveness required in the planning, provision and evaluation of services and support essential to ageing populations in Hong Kong and overseas.

    Year 1 entry   Programme code: BSSCHAGSJ1
    Senior year entry*   Programme code: BSSCHAGSJS
    * Applicants will be considered for admission to different years of the study programme depending on individual academic merits and other relevant factors.

    Entry requirement

    Applicants who wish to apply for senior year entry are required to hold a recognized Associate Degree or Higher Diploma, or equivalent.


    The programme aims at helping students to:

    (i) Achieve the competence in the use of social sciences theories as an analytical tool;
    (ii) Cultivate an awareness of the concerns and debates around ageing society and services;
    (iii) Develop the ability to apply social sciences theories to explain and analyse ageing issues in diverse contexts; and
    (iv) Master and develop the ability to operate social service organizations and social enterprises.

    Career prospects

    Upon graduation, students will be ready to work in the field of social welfare and community services and to assume administrative and managerial positions in long-term care facilities, senior centres, government offices in ageing at all levels, voluntary and non-governmental organizations, as well as other settings concerned with ageing.

    Students will also be ready to serve in professional positions in aged care policy development, health and human services for older clients, and health promotion and community development; in ageing-related social research in government agencies and think-tanks; as well as in social and business enterprises in the private sector.

    Graduates will be well-equipped to begin their career as project coordinators or officers, aged care service administrators or managers, research analysts, etc. With working experience accumulated, graduates can advance to higher management levels in aged care services planning, provision and evaluation.

    Further studies

    Our programme prepares graduates to further their studies in gerontology, ageing studies, social work, nursing, social policy and social development as well as public policy studies in local and overseas institutions.

    Programme structure

    Please click the hyperlinks below to view the programme structure:

    Year 1 entry   Programme code: BSSCHAGSJ1
    Senior year entry   Programme code: BSSCHAGSJS

    Language of instruction


    Duration of programme

    Year 1 entry: 4 years

    Senior year entry: 2 years / 3 years (Applicants will be considered for admission to different years of the study programme based on individual academic merits and other relevant factors.)

    Contact information
    Dr Beatrice Lam (Programme Leader)
    (852) 2768 5863
    Mr Druid Fung (Co-Programme Leader)
    (852) 2768 5707


    Full-time Social Sciences Programme Team
    (852) 2768 5720 / (852) 2768 5733

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