• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The overall aim of this Social Policy and Administration (Honours) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is to educate students to become effective, efficient and caring practitioners in the field of social policy and administration, responsible for analyzing, formulating andimplementing social policies for the improvement of social well-being.
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Students are also expected to develop informational literacy, critical thinking, problem solving skills and to uphold core social values. The programme will also facilitate students to build skills and knowledge necessary for life-long learning.

This Social Policy and Administration (Honours) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is designed to integrate theory and practice. The curriculum is heavily geared towards meeting the growing demands for trained professionals and practitioners in the fields of social policy and social administration. 

Students are expected to be equipped not only with the theoretical knowledge necessary for but also real-life exposure to working in a wide range of organizations dealing with welfare, health care, housing, labour, law and order, advocacy, education and environmental protection, performing designated policy and administrative tasks through specially designed professional attachments. 

They will learn to balance and resolve competing values involving bureaucratic versus human concerns as well as private profit-making and public good/well-being.  In addition, overseas placement opportunities and study tours are available for students with high achievements.


There is an increasing demand for professional personnel with strong backgrounds in policy and administration.  Graduates can occupy mid-level administrative and managerial posts in various public, quasi-public and non-government organizations, including think-tanks, NGOs, government departments and other human service organizations. They are also prepared for posts in human resource management, marketing and decision support.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Early round: 29 November 
    • Main round: 30 June
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    112 alternative credits

    112 (plus 9 clinical/ field credits)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into two streams:

  • social policy and civil society, and
  • social planning and administration

Students may choose to specialize in either stream for intensive learning. Studies in the policy and civil society stream are expected to study policy areas such as housing, welfare, civil society governance, education, labour and environment to strengthen their understanding of specific policy concerns and issues. 

Students who choose to study planning and administration are expected to study areas covering human resource and social capital development, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, programme planning and evaluation, marketing, financial management and information technology to enhance their skills and ability in performing social and policy administrative duties.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

A High School (Graduation) Diploma and any one of the following:

  • ACT: Composite score of 24
  • AP: Grade 3 in 2 AP subjects
  • Redesigned SAT: Total score of 1190
  • SAT: Combined score of 1650, with a sub-score of 8 in essay writing
  • GCE A-level/International A-level: Passes in 3 AL subjects/2 AL and 2 AS subjects
  • IB: A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level subjects

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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HKD 140,000 per anunum

Living costs for Hong Kong

  • 13720 - 23420 HKD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Up to a maximum of HKD 190,000/USD 24,000 per annum

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