Faculty of Social Sciences

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

Programme Code


Year of Entry

Year 1

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

Class Start Date

September 2020

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation


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 Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in China Studies Programme has been launched since 1989 with the purpose of training well-rounded China specialists for Hong Kong. The Programme is unique in the sense that it is the first one of its kind at the undergraduate level in Hong Kong integrating China Studies with four disciplines of Economics, Geography, History and Sociology. By choosing one of the disciplines as their Concentration and taking elective courses offered by another three disciplines, the Programme enables students to gain knowledge of Mainland China broadly across disciplines and in depth from a specific field. At the same time, students will be able to develop their critical and analytical abilities, enhance their written and spoken communication skills and their proficiency in Putonghua.

Unique Features
A distinctive feature of the Programme is the Summer Sojourn Programme for all students who have to spend 4 weeks at Tsinghua University (TU), Beijing at the end of their third study year. The Programme consists of four parts, including: 
1) An immersion course in Putonghua; 
2) Seminars in Contemporary China by government officials, famous Chinese scholars and experts; 
3) Trips and visits to places of particular interest to the four Concentrations; and 
4) Research project with academic supervision.

Career Opportunities 
Graduates have specific potential for careers in China-related business and prepare for a wide variety of professional careers in business, government, administration, education, the media and community service. Students also pursue postgraduate studies after graduation.


1) Students may take an integrated programme by extending their undergraduate study by one year, leading to the award of a bachelor's degree plus a Diploma in Education.
2) The Programme structure and contents are under review which will be subject to the University's final approval.

We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).


Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma Final Year Students/ Holders

AD/ HD holders or final year students may apply for Year 1 or Year 3 entry.


Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma Non-final Year Students

Non-final year students studying AD/ HD programmes at a higher education institution recognised by the University are eligible to apply for Year 1 entry only. These applicants are required to fulfill the Entrance Requirements for HKDSE or equivalent qualifications.


Transfer Students

Transfer students are current students enrolled in a full-time or sandwich government-funded or self-financed degree programme at a recognised institution.

Applicants who have completed at least one year of study of a degree programme may apply for Year 1 entry. They should fulfil the University and the Programme Entrance Requirements.

Inter-institutional transfer of students enrolled in a local government-funded programme is considered on a case-by-case basis.


Degree Holders

Holders of Bachelor’s/ Master’s/ Doctoral Degree or students studying in the final year of a degree programme may apply for Year 1 or Year 3 entry.


General Entrance Requirements

For Applicants with HKDSE:

General Entrance Requirements

Core Subject(s)

Minimum Level









Elective Subject(s)

Minimum Level




  1. The Programme will consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or 2) as unspecified elective subject in meeting the entrance requirements.
  2. The Programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as the second elective subject:

For Applicants with other International Qualifications, please refer to International Qualifications.


English Language Requirements

The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:

Public examination results
Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or
Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550
IELTS Academic Overall Band: 6.0
SAT Minimum score of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing with a sub-score of 8 or above in Essay in old SAT; or
Minimum score of 590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT
ACT Minimum score of 23 in both ACT English and Reading
GCE O-Level/ GCSE/ IGCSE English Grade C
GCE AS or A-Level English Grade E
HKDSE English Language Level 3
HKALE Use of English Grade E
IB Grade 4 in:
IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or
IB English B (Higher Level); or
IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level)


Grade 5 in:
IB English B (Standard Level)
Others Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University

For students who intended to take China Studies - History Concentration, they are expected to have a Chinese language qualification as deemed acceptable by the University.

For applicants holding international qualifications, they may fulfill the Chinese Language requirement with the following Chinese qualifications:

Chinese qualifications

Proficiency Test

Minimum Scores

GCE A/ AS Level Chinese

Grade E

GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE O-Level Chinese

Grade C


Other Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University