The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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Programme Structure

Must satisfactorily complete 5 Core Courses, 4 Experiential Learning Courses, 1 Elective Course, and Policy Studies Project (Individual project).

Core Courses

  • Globalisation, Changing Governance and Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods in Policy Studies
  • Professional Writing Workshop
  • Guided Study in Policy Issues
  • Policy Dissemination and Strategic Communication

Experiential Learning Courses

  • Dialogue with Policy Practitioners: Theory and Practice
  • Seminar on Social Policy and Social Change
  • Asia Pacific Comparative Development and Policy Symposium
  • Engaging the Media and Public Communications

Elective Course

  • Social Policy Analysis: Comparative Perspectives
  • Internationalisation and Quality Management in Higher Education
  • Internationalizing Higher Education: Institutional Strategy and Development
  • Managing Talents and Finance in Higher Education
  • Managing Service Users and Stakeholders
  • Social Policy in Modern Societies
  • Policy and Resource Management Issues in Health Systems
  • Regional Policy Study and Visit in Greater China and East Asia
  • Understanding Metropolitan Indicators and Social Policies
  • China and Regional Studies: Politics, Policy, and International Development
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership for Social Startups
  • Innovation Management

Policy Studies Project

Progression Requirement

  • Achieve a CGPA of 2.50 or above in order to proceed to the next term


Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 10 courses (5 core courses, 4 experiential learning courses, 1 elective course) amounting to 39 credits and 1 policy studies project (40,000 – 50,000 words)
  • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.67
  • A student who fulfils all the requirements for graduation shall be awarded a Doctor of Policy Studies degree with one of the following classifications::
Degree Classification Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.
Distinction 3.67
Pass 2.67