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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Sciences

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Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
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Start Date
16 Sep 2024 (Mon)
Next intake(s)
2 years
Course Fee
HKD20,200 per instalment (Total 6 instalments in 2 years)

**Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change without prior notice.
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This is a part-time degree programme offered locally by Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) in collaboration with HKU SPACE. It offers students an opportunity to study different social science disciplines such as psychology, sociology, cultural geography and politics, which enable them to develop a detailed understanding of, and the research skills to investigate, the social world, relationships within it and the social forces that act on us all. This knowledge and specialist skills will be particularly useful to employers across all sectors.

The programme is designed to educate, inform and inspire students to face the complexities, challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The aim of the programme is to educate students to meet the needs of the Hong Kong Society, in particular careers with the government agencies and the social service sector, by producing graduates capable of managing the highly complex requirements of these roles. The programme combines the study of different social science disciplines. From the perspective of these related and fascinating disciplines, students will learn to examine, investigate and understand human life and human experience.

Programme Details

Programme Objectives

  1. To develop the ability to appreciate and evaluate theory, research findings and applications in social science; and encourage the development of critical thinking about the nature of social processes and social issues; 
  2. To allow the students to understand and conduct research in social science, both as members of groups and individually utilising a range of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, through a programme of planned research training; 
  3. To encourage independent and autonomous learning, ensuring that students assume increasing levels of responsibility for their own learning as they progress; 
  4. To provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of specific and specialist skills that lead to a variety of careers in social science, postgraduate education and research as well as in other professions.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

A. Knowledge and understanding 
On completion of this programme of study, students will have knowledge and understanding of: 
  • A1. Key concepts, theories, research methods and findings in sociology and other social science disciplines;  
  • A2. Real life applications of social science theories and findings, with specific detailed knowledge in selected applied areas;  
  • A3. Current debates within social science on the current nature of the disciplines, their research paradigms and their applications, drawing on an understanding of historical antecedents;  
  • A4. Critical evaluation of theory, methodology and research in key areas of sociology, geography, psychology, criminology and politics. 
B. Skills and other attributes 
On completion of this programme of study, students will be able to:  
  • B1. Identify appropriate primary and secondary sources of information on social issues and research original material with minimal supervision in order to assess, interpret and critique multiple sources of information; 
  • B2. Communicate using visual and written methods including be able to write reports to appropriate standards and present  information effectively as a member of a group and as an individual;
  • B3. Manage own learning, undertake a project using appropriate methodology under minimal supervision including dealing with complex ethical issues with an awareness of professional standards; 
  • B4. Evaluate arguments and knowledge of sources related to society.   

Delivery Mode

This programme is delivered on a part-time basis. Classes are normally held on weekday evenings and/or Saturdays.


There will be a range of different forms of formative and summative assessment including essays, reports, examinations, oral presentations, research proposals and projects.


Students who have successfully completed 240 credits (11 modules) of the programme will be awarded Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Sciences degree by the Edinburgh Napier University. An exit award of BA Social Sciences ordinary degree is available for students who only complete the first half of the programme (120 credits).

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Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.


The programme comprises the following compulsory modules, taught over two years (6 trimesters).  

Module Title

SCQF# Level


Researching the Social Sciences



Violence and Society



Social Psychology 2



Work Psychology



Social and Cultural Landscapes



Environment, Politics and Society



Organisational Psychology



Social Identities



Science, Technology and Society



Preparation for Honours Project



Honours Project



Note: The above programme structure is intended to be used as a guide by prospective students. HKU SPACE and Edinburgh Napier University reserve the right to vary the structure. The offering of final year (Level 10) modules are subject to sufficient numbers of continuing students.

#The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

Progression Path


Application Fee


Course Fee
  • HKD20,200 per instalment (Total 6 instalments in 2 years)

    **Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change without prior notice.

Entry Requirements

An applicant shall:


1. hold an Associate Degree/ a Higher Diploma/ an Advanced Diploma in Social Sciences/ Applied Social Sciences such as General Social Sciences, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Youth or Social Services, etc. with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0;




2. demonstrate English proficiency by having a minimum overall score of 6.0 on the IELTS or 550 on the TOEFL.


Graduates of HKU SPACE Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma/ Advanced Diploma, or graduates from a recognised institution where the normal medium of instruction is English, are normally regarded as having demonstrated the required English proficiency if they have obtained grade “C” or higher in the English course(s) of their respective Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma/ Advanced Diploma programmes.


Applicants with other equivalent qualifications in a related social science discipline such as psychology, sociology, guidance and counselling, social welfare, legal studies, public policy and administration, etc. will also be considered. Applicants who hold qualifications that do not include sociology and psychology themes and an appropriate research methods module shall be required to undertake the following preparatory modules in advance of admittance to the Edinburgh Napier programme: “Introduction to Sociology”, “Introduction to Psychology” and “Introduction to Social Research Methods” offered by HKU SPACE. 



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Enrolment Method

 Applicants should submit:

  1. Duly completed HKU SPACE application form (SF26) ;
  2. Certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts^; and
  3. A copy of HKID card or passport

All documents should be submitted to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

^Submission of certified true copies of supporting documents: Applicants should submit one set of photocopies and bring along the original documents for verification at enrolment counter.

Partner Details

Edinburgh Napier University

Located in Scotland’s cosmopolitan and beautiful capital city, Edinburgh Napier University is home to forward thinking people inspired by the world around them. The University aims to  create and support personalised learning and research opportunities that develop talent and solutions that really work and matter in today’s and tomorrow’s world.

With more than 6,300 overseas students from outside the European Union, Edinburgh Napier is a truly international University with students from 110 countries. Edinburgh Napier has been offering professional degrees in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. The University is proud to be the largest UK provider of Higher Education in Hong Kong, with over 3,000 students a year studying a range of courses. 

As a testament to our commitment to being connected with business and industry, the University is among the top in the UK for graduate employability, with 95% of undergraduates in further work or study within six months of graduating (HESA 2016/17). It also means that courses are accredited by over 100 Professional Bodies. The University is also ranked a top 10 UK Modern University for a number of courses such as Accounting and Finance, Building, Civil Engineering, Criminology, English, Psychology and Sociology. (Complete University Guide 2020, Times and Sunday Times 2020 and Guardian University Guide 2020).

  • In the 2019 QS Stars international university rankings, the University scored five stars in categories including teaching, internationalisation and employability, and four stars overall.
  • Ranked the top UK modern university for Criminology and a top 10 UK modern university for Sociology & Psychology in the Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.