Faculty of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies (Economics/ Geography/ History/ Sociology)

Programme Code


Year of Entry


Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

First Year Intake Number

52 (subject to changes)

Class Start Date

September 2018

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$120,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation


Programme Requirements

Programme Requirements
HKDSE Core Subject(s) Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level

- These programmes will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as unspecified elective subject.  


Choices of Major Programme

Students are admitted to the China Studies programme without a specific discipline option and have a common foundation curriculum in the first year. At the end of the first year, they will be allowed to choose and join one concentration through an internal competitive application procedure. For details, please visit website at http://chinast.hkbu.edu.hk/index/


Programme Description

The BSocSc(Hons) in China Studies Programme was established in September 1989. The programme aims to provide students with a broad-based education, which includes a solid training in a selected discipline and a multi-disciplinary knowledge base, in addition to mastering knowledge of China. At the same time, students will be able to develop their general critical and analytical abilities, and enhance their written and spoken communication skills in Chinese and English, and their proficiency of Putonghua.

The programme is made up of four Concentrations: Economics, Geography, History, and Sociology. The Economics Concentration is provided by the Department of Economics under the School of Business, while the others are provided by the Departments of Geography, History and Sociology under the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Department of Government and International Studies also participates in the programme by providing political science courses related to China.

A distinct feature of the programme is the summer sojourn programme in which all students are required to spend five weeks at Tsinghua University in Beijing at the end of the third year. Students will undertake Putonghua training for three hours per day, five days per week. Another part of the summer sojourn programme consists of seminars on topics relating to current issues in mainland China. A total of eight to ten seminars on issues relating to topics of a political, economic, sociological, historical and geographic nature will be conducted during the sojourn. The third part of the summer sojourn programme includes field visits to places such as factories, farms, historical sites, government offices, and research institutions. Students are also required to complete a small group project relating to social life in Beijing. While the summer sojourn programme is organized by the University, students should be prepared to bear some of the expenses such as living expenses.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme have the potential for careers in China-related business and endeavours, as well as for a wide variety of professional careers in business, government, administration, education, the media and community service. Many students also go on to pursue postgraduate studies after graduation.



Students may have the option of taking an integrated programme by extending their undergraduate study by one year, leading to the award of a bachelor's degree in that Major plus a Diploma in Education.

For 2018 entry, the Programme will NOT consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or 2) as unspecified elective subject in meeting the entrance requirements. However, it will consider M1/M2 subject as a whole subject in score calculation.

The Programme will NOT consider any Applied Learning Subjects as an unspecified elective subject.

The Programme will consider grade E or above in Other Language subjects as unspecified elective subject.

In general, the scores for the Other Language Subjects (Category C) are converted as follows:

A=5**, B=5*, C=5, D=4, E=3

  1. Upon score calculation and compilation of interview results (if any), eligible applicants will be given a rank in the Merit Order List to the JUPAS Office. The Merit Order List will be generated according to the priority given to the list of Tie-breakers. During the admissions process, the following are the most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University.
    The most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University
    Tie-breakers Remarks
    HKDSE Academic Score (plus interview score, if any) Derived from the score formula of individual programme
    e.g.: 4 core subjects + 1 best/specified elective or 2 best/specified electives
    Interview Performance Applicable to School Principal's nominees / applicants with a disability / OEA applicants / regular applicants with interview
    Band Band A applicants will be ranked first then Band B, and so on.
    A (Prog. Choice 1 - 3) >
    B (Prog. Choice 4 - 6) >
    C (Prog. Choice 7 - 10) >
    D (Prog. Choice 11 - 15) >
    E (Prog. Choice 16 - 20)
    HKDSE English Score Take the best score of HKDSE English Language Result
    HKDSE Standard Score + 1 best X Sum of scores for 4 core subjects plus 1 best/specified elective subject (Category A)
  2. If a programme ranks the tie-breakers as: '1' to 'HKDSE Academic Score', '2' to 'Band', '3' to 'HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score', applicants with highest HKDSE Academic Score will be ranked first. If there are two applicants having the same HKDSE Academic Score, the one who places the programme in a higher band choice will be ranked higher. If the two applicants are the same on the first 2 tie-breakers, their HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be compared, the one with higher HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be given a higher rank, and so on.




As programmes select students not only on the basis of the HKDSE results, the actual results of the students admitted to each programme may vary from year to year (depending on the overall results achieved by applicants in a particular year, the number of applicants applying to the programme, changes in selection criteria, etc.). Please be reminded that information listed above is for reference ONLY and is subject to change, and should NOT be used to predict the chance of admission to any programme.