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Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences encompasses the Department of Psychology, the Department of Economics, the Department of Government and International Affairs, and the Department of Sociology and Social Policy.

Undergraduate Programme

We offer a unique Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) Programme that provides students with different degrees of specialisation and interdisciplinary training.  Our Programme is an integral part of the University’s mission to become an internationally recognised liberal arts university. We emphasise interdisciplinary training in the social sciences and offer students the choice of six social sciences Majors.  We aim to provide our students with a broad and coherent intellectual base for understanding human behaviour, contemporary economic, government and international affairs, psychological and social issues, especially those related to public and social policies, global affairs, as well as health and social services. Through service-learning, field trips, exchange programmes and guest lectures/seminars, students have opportunities to experience the practical and theoretical integration of the courses. We believe such a broad-based training will prepare our students well to face the challenges of the ever fast-changing world environment.


Six Majors

  • Economics
  • Government and International Affairs
  • Health and Social Services Management
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social and Public Policy Studies


In addition to the above six Majors, the following Majors are also available for students designated as Year 3 students upon admission:

  • Business Psychology
  • Global Studies
  • Psychology (with Counselling Psychology Concentration)


Research Postgraduate Programmes

Our MPhil/PhD Programmes in Economics, Goversnment and International Affairs, Psychology, Sociology and/or Social Policy nurture research postgraduate students from around the globe.


Taught Postgraduate Programmes

The Faculty also offers taught postgraduate programmes to cater to the needs of different students.


Department of Psychology


Department of Economics


Department of Government and International Affairs


Department of Sociology and Social Policy


Research and Knowledge Transfer

Over the years, our faculty members have established expertise in relevant subject areas.  Strategic research and knowledge transfer projects stretching from economic and financial development issues, social policy, gerontology, public policy, international relations and occupational psychology have gained local and international recognitions.