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    Postgraduate Programmes in Liberal Studies


                                         School of Arts and Social Sciences                                        



        ª Master of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies [MSSCLS] (Phasing out)

        ª Postgraduate Diploma in Liberal Studies [PDLS] (Phasing out)

        ª Postgraduate Diploma in Liberal Studies (Content and Pedagogy) [PDLS (C&P)] (Phasing out)

        ª Postgraduate Certificate in Liberal Studies [PCLS] (Phasing out0


    Introduction    Entry Requirements    Courses in the programme

    Programme regulations        Progression Pathways

    Other information    Staff profile    Enquiries






    In October 2004, the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) of the Hong Kong SAR Government unveiled its blueprint for reforming the senior secondary and tertiary education system. The consultation paper entitled “Reforming the Academic Structure for Senior Secondary Education and Higher Education – Actions for Investing in the Future” contains recommendations that a three-year senior secondary academic system be adopted, and the curriculum framework of the senior secondary school be reformed. In the proposed framework, Liberal Studies will become one of the four core subjects alongside Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics. The subject will also be made a prerequisite for entering local universities. The EMB announced in May 2005 that the reform would be implemented in September 2009.

    To respond directly to the Government’s senior secondary school reform, the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) is launching a series of interdisciplinary postgraduate programmes in Liberal Studies on the postgraduate level. In-service school teachers will find these programmes particularly useful for enhancing their subject knowledge as well as pedagogic skills in this field.

    Helps you become culturally well-rounded

    Liberal Studies aim to help students broaden their horizons and strengthen their analytical and communicative skills, so that they can become informed and responsible world citizens. Our programmes provide students with the opportunities to explore and integrate concepts from a broad range of disciplines, giving them an exciting and rewarding learning experience.

    The disciplines available include the study of social behaviour and social psychology, contemporary and traditional Chinese and Hong Kong societies, and environmental studies.


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    Entry Requirements



    Applicants should have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized tertiary education institution, or the equivalent.

    Applicants are expected to be proficient in both Chinese and English.

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    Courses in the programme


    Learning and Teaching Liberal Studies



    Environmental Protection in Modern Society



    Environmental Management in Practice


    LIBS A821F

    Exploring Liberal Studies



    Chinese Culture and Civilization


    LIBS A824F

    Globalization, Society and Culture


    LIBS A825F

    Governance and Politics of Greater China



    Social Change: Hong Kong and Mainland China


    LIBS A827F

    Media, Society and Citizenship



    Regional Economic Integration: Hong Kong and China



    Western Culture and Civilization


    LIBS A830F

    Interpersonal Relationships



    Group Dynamics


    LIBS A832F

    Personal Awareness and Growth



    Problem-solving and Decision-making


    LIBS A888F

    Research Project/ Thesis


    LIBS A800F

    Graduate Research Writing and Methods for Social Sciences

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    Programme Regulations

    •  Master of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies [MSSCLS] (Phasing out)

    •  Postgraduate Diploma in Liberal Studies [PDLS] (Phasing out)

    •  Postgraduate Diploma in Liberal Studies (Content and Pedagogy) [PDLS (C&P)] (Phasing out)

    •  Postgraduate Certificate in Liberal Studies [PCLS] (Phasing out)


    You can view the prospectus for new students  online or request for a printed copy for reference. 

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    Mode of Course Delivery

     Mode of study

    The courses in this programme (except E880) will be delivered in a part-time, face-to-face mode and classes are to be held on weekday evenings, Saturday mornings or afternoons.


     Medium of instruction

    The courses will be taught in English and Chinese.



    Students will be evaluated by assignments, presentations and/or examinations.

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    Progression Pathways

    Progression Pathways
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    Other Information


     Length of studies



    1 academic year (2 semesters)

    PDLS :

    2 academic years (4 semesters)

    PDLS (C&P) :

    2 academic years (4 semesters)

    MSSCLS :

    2 academic years (4 semesters)


    Note: Students must complete any of the selected postgraduate programme within four years of first enrolling in the programme. The Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences may extend the maximum period of study in special cases.




     Financial assistance

    Applicants may consider the following financial assistance schemes:

    1.  Means-tested student loan from the OUHK (Enquiries: 2711 2100)

    2.  Interest-free tuition loan (Enquiry Hotline: 2543 2223)

    3.  Non-means Tested Loan Scheme from the Government (

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    Staff Profile

     Teaching Team  
    Dr. CHEUK Wai Hing
    Dr. Charles KWONG
    Dr. Raymond LAU
    Dr. Garland LIU
    Dr. Percy LUI
    Professor SO Wai Chor
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     For enquires on admission procedures, please contact:

    Information Centre

    Tel: 2711 2100       Fax: 2715 0760



    Tel: 2768 6601-3       Fax: 2761 3935



      How to Enrol  

     Application can be made online, in person or by mail.  

     For enquires about programme contents, please contact:

    Dr. Charles KWONG 

    Tel: 2768 5719




    Fax: 2391 3184


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