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Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Psychology --
BSSc (Hons) Psychology

JUPAS programme code:

  JA9020
Intake:   0 (Stop new admission)
Minimum no. of credits required:   140
Normal duration of programme:   3 years
Language of instruction:   English1
Interview:   Not required
Contact information:   Programme Leader: Dr. C M Lam
Email: ftss@ouhk.edu.hk
Tel: 2768 5725

1 For a better transition to university studies, both English and Cantonese may be used
as the medium of instruction in the first year studies.

Programme description

This programme aims to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of psychology and its place in the social sciences, and to arouse an interest in exploring human behaviour and experience. It familiarizes students with basic knowledge in social and psychological research and provides an opportunity for them to apply this knowledge. Students are also exposed to areas of study related to psychology. Graduates will leave the programme with a good background for future studies in psychology and related disciplines. The scope of the programme extends to applied psychology and counselling.

Programme structure

Students pursuing this programme must complete the following:

All of the following courses (Group A)*:

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology of Personal Growth
  • Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Life-span Development Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Human Cognition
  • Principles of Qualitative Social Research
  • Principles of Quantitative Social Research
  • Psychology Honours Thesis

3 of the following courses (Group B)*:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselling and Guidance
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Learning and Motivation

3 of the following courses (Group C)*:

  • Social Problems and Social Issues
  • Understanding Hong Kong Society
  • Studying Government and Politics
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics

An additional 7 courses listed below (Group D)* or those listed in Group B and Group C above that have not been taken by students:

  • Tourism and Society
  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Social Policy and Social Planning
  • Law and Society
  • Chinese Society
  • Government and Politics of Greater China
  • Public Sector Management
  • Law, Economics and Politics
  • Global Political Economy
  • Economic System of Hong Kong
  • Applied Economics in Public Policy Analysis
  • Industrial Organization

2 of the following courses (Group E):

  • Presentation Skills
  • University English Writing Skills
  • Effective Use of English II
  • Preparing for IELTS

* The listed courses will not necessarily be offered each year.

Mentorship scheme

The School of Arts and Social Sciences has an academic mentorship scheme for full-time Social Sciences students. Each student will be assigned a mentor (or academic advisor). Students can consult their mentors throughout their studies for matters related to their programmes, study progress and future planning. Friendships with mentors have been known to continue beyond graduation.

Career prospects

Many psychology graduates are employed in the area of social services; as counselors and psychologists; and in related fields. Some are working in the commercial sector in areas such as public relations, advertising, marketing, human resources management and market research.

Further studies

With the widely recognized degree offered by the university, OUHK graduates of the social sciences have gone on to pursue studies in different local and overseas universities. This programme equips students with all the skills and knowledge needed for further studies at the postgraduate level (by research or course work) in the field of psychology, for example, clinical and education psychology, and related fields.

Student activities

Student Society of Social Sciences (Full-time)

The Close of the Year Gathering

Lunar New Year Charity Sale

Joint University Seminar

Visit from the academics and students of the Chung Hua University, Taiwan

Taiwan Study Tour

Student Orientation Camp

Visiting Down Syndrome kids and Music Performance


Maintained by: Full-time Programmes Office ( ftreg@ouhk.edu.hk )
Modified Date: Oct 09, 2012

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