The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (BA-PSY) Programme adopts the unique ‘Liberal + Professional’ education model to equip students with comprehensive foundational knowledge and skills in psychology. ‘Liberal’ means that the Programme adopts a broad-based and cross-disciplinary approach to connect knowledge domains, facilitate thinking, and solve problems. ‘Professional’ means that while the Programme is broad-based and cross-disciplinary, it also has professional orientation elements which aim at equipping students with the competencies to enter into relevant professions in the future.
A distinctive feature of the Programme is that, in addition to covering and integrating all major areas in psychology and their cognate disciplines, it provides three specialisations, Education and Clinical, Business and Technology, and Neuroscience and Health. These specialisations not only develop students’ interests and capacities in psychological applications, but also enhance their employability and readiness for further professional training.
Programme Objectives (POs)
Upon successful completion of the BA-PSY programme, students should be able to:
|PO1||Develop students’ skills in critical and creative thinking for life-long learning;|
|PO2||Cultivate students’ communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills;|
|PO3||Instil in students a strong sense of social responsibility and high commitment as a local and global citizen;|
|PO4||Provide students with a comprehensive foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge for scientific study and professional practice in psychology;|
|PO5||Develop students’ research skills in psychology through intellectual and practical training; and|
|PO6||Enhance students’ problem-solving ability in addressing personal, social and societal issues from the perspective of psychology.|
The four‐year curriculum design is as follows:
|YEAR ONE||YEAR TWO|
|YEAR THREE||YEAR FOUR|
^Eligible students may take either Psychology Thesis or Psychology Practicum in lieu of 2 Psychology Electives.
LIST OF PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES
|Educational and Clinical Specialisation:|
|Business and Technology Specialisation:|
|Neuroscience and Health Specialisation:|
Year 1 Entry
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination
Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language, Level 2 or above in
Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one other subject in the HKDSE Examination.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
24 points (including 3 subjects at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level, 12 points or above to be obtained from subjects at Higher Level), i.e. completion of IB Diploma.
A minimum of 1650 on SAT Reasoning Test (Prior to March 2016) or 1190 on Redesigned SAT (From March 2016). Secondary school examination results are suggested to be considered apart from the SAT score.
Year 3 Entry
Completion of an Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in a related discipline from a recognised institution in Hong Kong or overseas, with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, and a satisfactory level of performance on the assessment required by the programme (e.g. interview).
Applicants with non-local qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis according to the criteria for admission as set out by HSUHK.
Degree Award Requirement
The graduation requirements for the BA-PSY programme is as follows:
- Obtained a Grade D or above on at least 120 credits (40 modules; 39 modules if Psychology Thesis or Psychology Practicum was taken), including all core and elective modules according to the curriculum structure of the Programme;
- Obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0;
- Fulfilled the language competency exit requirement;
- Passed the Information Technology Proficiency Test; and
- Fulfilled the requirements of iGPS Unit (at least 12 units) and College Assembly (at least 5 times), within the course of the Programme.
Graduates of the BA-PSY programme may pursue (research and taught) postgraduate studies locally or overseas in disciplines such as Psychology, Social Work, Management and Education.
Job positions that BA-PSY graduates are competent to take up include but not are not limited to the following:
- Consumer Behaviour Analyst
- User Experience Analyst
- Management Trainee
- Human Resource Personnel
- Behavioural Therapist
- Psychological Counsellor
- Psychological Assistant
- Play Specialist
- Programme Worker
- Welfare Worker
- Teaching Assistant
- Research Assistant
- Administrative Officer
- Executive Officer
Graduates with Second Class Honours Division I are eligible to apply for becoming a Graduate Member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society.
Graduates with Second Class Honours Division II, having also completed Psychology Thesis, are eligible to apply for becoming a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.
BA-PSY graduates can also pursue postgraduate programmes in Psychology and other related disciplines locally or overseas.
Qualification related information
The BA-PSY Programme is at QF level 5.
The QR Registration Number: 21/000421/L5
Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2021 To 31/08/2026
Primary Area of Study and Training: A14 Social Sciences
Sub-area (Primary Area of Study and Training): A1402 Social and Behavioral Sciences