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Ageing Society and Services Studies (Honours), BSocSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Ageing Society and Services Studies (Honours) programme of the Open University of Hong Kong prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed in identifying, analysing and evaluating issues arising out of an ageing society and related services provision. Its multidisciplinary curriculum draws upon applied social studies, economics, politics and public administration as well as psychology. It looks into subject areas covering the effects of ageing on mind and body; generational relations; the economics of healthcare and retirement; social inequality in later-life; as well as related public policy and services development. It equips students with the professional competence, transferable generic skills and critical reflectiveness required in the planning, provision and evaluation of services and support essential to ageing populations in Hong Kong and overseas.


Upon graduation, students will be ready to work in the field of social welfare and community services and to assume administrative and managerial positions in long-term care facilities, senior centres, government offices in ageing at all levels, voluntary and non-governmental organizations, as well as other settings concerned with ageing.

Students will also be ready to serve in professional positions in aged care policy development, health and human services for older clients, and health promotion and community development; in ageing-related social research in government agencies and think-tanks; as well as in social and business enterprises in the private sector.

Graduates will be well-equipped to begin their career as project coordinators or officers, aged care service administrators or managers, research analysts, etc. With working experience accumulated, graduates can advance to higher management levels in aged care services planning, provision and evaluation.

Further Studies

Our programme prepares graduates to further their studies in gerontology, ageing studies, social work, nursing, social policy and social development as well as public policy studies in local and overseas institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    160 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology
  • Foundations of Social Sciences: Sociology
  • Positive Psychology and Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • Social Problems and Social Issues
  • Life-span Developmental Psychology

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Applicants with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) qualifications are required to obtain Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language, as well as Level 2 or above in Mathematics, Liberal Studies and an elective subject (or equivalent).
  • Applicants with local academic qualifications other than HKDSE are required to:
  • Complete Year 1 study of a recognized Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programme; or
  • Obtain Grade E or above in AS Chinese Language & Culture4 and Use of English, and 2 AL / 1 AL plus 2 AS / 4 AS subjects in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (or equivalent).
  • Applicants with non-local academic qualifications are required to obtain:
  • Grade E or above in 2 AL / 1AL plus 2 AS subjects5 in the General Certificate of Education AL / International AL; or
  • An overall minimum score of 24 in the International Baccalaureate Diploma; or
  • Other equivalent overseas academic qualifications (as determined by the University).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9569 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9569 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    9569 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9569 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 74,166 HKD per year (both national & international students)

Living costs for Hong Kong

  • 13720 - 23420 HKD/month
    Living Costs

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