Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology

Programme Director: Dr LEE, Terence C P

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology is a four-year full-time programme designed for Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates who wish to further their studies in psychology. The purpose of this programme is to enhance students’ understanding of the application of psychology in different work settings. One distinguished feature of the programme is its emphasis on practical experience based on the scientist-practitioner model. Students in the programme would have the option to take Psychology in applied settings (Practicum) at selected work settings where they learn to apply knowledge in psychology to everyday situations. Such experience will not only strengthen students’ understanding of the applied nature of psychology, but also enhance their employment prospects and competitiveness upon graduation. The programme offers a diversified range of elective courses so as to enable students to transfer their knowledge and theory in psychology to business, educational, industrial and organizational settings.

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  1. Be able to foster positive life attitudes and goals in accordance with the University’s mission of whole-person education;
  2. Be equipped with knowledge and skills in the study of human behaviours;
  3. Be able to apply fundamental training in their pursuit of further academic development in preparation of a professional career in psychology;
  4. Attain a thorough understanding of the discipline, particularly in the area of clinical, developmental and educational psychology; and
  5. Be able to demonstrate high levels of proficiency in research methodology related to psychology.
I) Major Courses 60 units
II) Honours Project 6 units
III) University Core Courses 13 units
IV) General Education Courses^ 15 units
V) Free Electives 34 units
    128 units

^ The 3-unit GE Capstone course is listed under the Major Required or Elective course category with a remark #.


The four-year programme requires students to complete a total of 128 units. As this programme is designed for Associate Degree graduates, the number of courses/units that students are required to complete will depend on the number of courses/units for which exemption and/or credit transfer will be granted. All credit transfer or course exemption shall be considered on a case-by-case basis upon admission.

Generally, holders of Associate of Science in Psychology from the Hong Kong Baptist University may apply for direct admission to Year 3 of the programme and will normally be granted 62 units or the equivalent of the first and second year courses of the programme. Associate Degree graduates who did not take psychology in their previous studies will need to make up for the required prerequisites at the point of admission. The programme structure is set out as follows:

I. Major Courses 60 units
  Major Required Courses (42 units)  
  APPY3005 Basic Learning Processes 3 units
  APPY3007 Research Methods and Design in Psychology 3 units
  APPY3015 Biological Psychology 3 units
  APPY3017 Personality Psychology 3 units
  APPY3025 History and Systems of Psychology 3 units
  APPY3027 Abnormal Psychology 3 units
  APPY3035 Experimental Psychology 3 units
  APPY3037 Social Psychology 3 units
  APPY3055 Sensation and Perception 3 units
  APPY3805 Lifespan Development and Society# 3 units
  APPY4005 Cognitive Psychology 3 units
  APPY4015 Psychological Testing and Assessment 3 units
  APPY4025 Motivation and Emotion 3 units
  APPY4035 Psychology of the Chinese People 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (18 units)  
  APPY3105 Consumer Psychology 3 units
  APPY3115 Educational Psychology 3 units
  APPY3125 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 units
  APPY3135 Ethics and Writing in Psychology 3 units
  APPY3145 Qualitative Research Methods 3 units
  APPY4105 Counselling Psychology 3 units
  APPY4108 Psychology in Applied Settings (Practicum) I 3 units
  APPY4109 Psychology in Applied Settings (Practicum) II 3 units
  APPY4115 Advanced Research Methods 3 units
  APPY4125 Clinical Psychology 3 units
  APPY4135 Issues and Practice in Educational Settings 3 units
II. Honours Project 6 units
  APPY4008 Honours Project I 3 units
  APPY4009 Honours Project II 3 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses 15 units
V. Free Electives 34 units
    128 units


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