Faculty of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Government and International Studies

Programme Code


Year of Entry

Year 3

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for classroom teaching (in all forms) at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

Class Start Date

September 2024

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$145,000 (non-local) i

Credits Required for Graduation


General Information

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Government and International Studies provides students with a firm grasp of the different areas of political science including political sociology (e.g. political institutions, political culture and political behavior), public policy, international relations, political economy, political theory and political thought and methodology.  Geographically, the Programme focuses on the politics of Hong Kong, Mainland China, the Asia-Pacific region and the European Union.  The Programme seeks to sharpen the student’s awareness by incorporating a systematic, comparative and international dimension, drawing both on the European Studies and Global & China Studies Programmes.


Unique Features

  • Emphasis on international relations and comparative politics.
  • A cosmopolitan mix among teaching staff, including those from Europe, the Mainland of China and Hong Kong, in addition to visiting scholars from around the world.
  • A popular major for non-local students from around the world.
  • A strong interest in leveraging knowledge of politics and international relations for promoting the well-being of the people.


Student Learning Experiences

Internship, service-learning, exchange opportunities with overseas universities, study tours, research-related trainings with renowned political scientists.


Career Opportunities

Civil service, media, local and international non-governmental organizations, social services, academic and commerce, district organizations, local and international think tanks.



  1. Subject to University annual review.

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 Students/ Holders

Local final year students or graduates of an Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma programme at an institution recognised by the University are eligible for publicly-funded senior year places. 


Transfer Students

Transfer students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree programmes at a local or non-local university may apply. 

Please note that according to the guidelines of the University Grants Committee (UGC) on inter-institutional transfer of students, repeating of UGC-funded undergraduate study across institutions, irrespective of whether there is a change of programme or discipline, is generally discouraged unless under very exceptional circumstances.