The medium of instruction for classroom teaching (in all forms) at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.
HK$42,100 (local); HK$145,000 (non-local)i
This interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Programme provides an excellent opportunity to study major world religions, philosophical traditions, and ethical schools of thought in a systematic and critical way. Students will develop a capability in correlating religious ideas and values, as well as philosophical and ethical thought with both the personal quest for meaning in life and the reflection of contemporary socio-cultural issues, such as life and death, gender equality and social justice. They can understand more about the human person itself and human culture through a comparative and interdisciplinary study of different religious and philosophical traditions, showing the vast range of human response to various life problems, such as life and death, meaning of life, and social justice from ancient times to the contemporary world.
First Ever Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Programme in Asia for the World
The programme, specialising in three different but closely related disciplines of religion, philosophy and ethics, is the first-of-its-kind in Hong Kong. Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) is a multidisciplinary programme and in fact one of the flourishing programmes in the international trend in recent decades. Examples include the RPE programme in King's College London and University of Nottingham in UK.
Four Study Areas
Foundational courses covering key areas of religion, philosophy and ethics are covered in the first and second years. In their third to fourth years, students can choose major electives among the four study areas, namely Philosophical Studies, Christian Studies and Comparative Religion, the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, as well as Ethics and Society. The multiple foci of the programme would be able to cater for the diverse interests of students. Students can choose to declare or not a concentration in one of the four study areas at the end of their second year of study.
We emphasise nurturing students' abilities in critical thinking, formulating cogent arguments and critically evaluating claims, which help to enhance their reasoning and analytical skills. These are transferable skills which are essential to many professions.
We emphasise the analysis of underlying moral values, social values, political values and cultural values in current issues, which are diverse, complex and often in conflict with one another. Students are trained to make up their own minds after navigating through a complicated web of ideas.
Excellence in Liberal Arts Education
Our programme provides a channel for achieving the higher goals of liberal arts education, namely, (a) the cultivation of the ability to analyse complex human problems with intellectual rigor, and (b) the cultivation of practical wisdom for moral reasoning and impartial value analysis.
Student Learning Experiences
Summer Internship Programme
The Department organises Summer Internship Programme for our students since 2002 to work in NGOs (Non-governmental Organisations), social enterprises, offices of Legislative Councilors, and institutions from public and private sectors. Students can widen their exposure through working, relate the real life with their studies, gain valuable working experience and be able to identify their career path after graduation.
Overseas Exchange Programme
Our students have opportunities to study abroad in partner institutions by joining the University's Overseas Exchange Programme. We have established a unique study aboard programme with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion that students can stay at a college of the Cambridge University for a short-term study.
Graduates can choose a career not only in teaching Ethics and Religious Studies (after obtaining PGDE/DipEd from a qualified tertiary institution), but also in cultural affairs, publication business, religion-related social service agencies, administration of the civil service and the business sector.
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 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.
General Entrance Requirements
For Applicants with HKDSE result, please refer to HKDSE.
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:
|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|
|AP||Score 4 or above in AP English Language and Composition/ AP English Literature and Composition|
|GCE O-Level/ GCSE English/ English Language/ English Literature||Grade C/ Grade 4|
|IGCSE First Language English||Grade C/ Grade 4|
|IGCSE English as a Second Language||Grade B/ Grade 5|
|GCE AS or A-Level English||Grade E|
|HKDSE English Language||Level 3|
|HKALE Use of English||Grade E|
Grade 4 in:
Grade 5 in:
|Others||Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University|