Abbreviation to be used in the application form Code Number of first-year places
BASc 6212 24
Programme Aims and Features

The BASc programme is designed for intellectually ambitious students who want to take control of their learning and develop a broad set of scholarly skills in order to become leaders across a diverse range of fields to meet important global challenges.  The BASc aims to equip students with social intelligence, creative problem-solving and analytical skills (both qualitative and quantitative), communication skills, ethical responsibility, and nurture them on how to take an interdisciplinary perspective in understanding our world.  Global problems won’t get solved with a traditional curriculum; the BASc programme helps students to make connections and changes in the world. The programme is built on two pedagogical principles. First, students undertake high-quality training from different disciplines: Social Sciences, Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Second, students develop the intellectual toolkit to learn how to intersect disciplines and integrate them through case studies, capstone experiences, and learning from thought leaders, movers and shakers in relevant employment sectors and professions. The curriculum consists of three components.

  • Interdisciplinary major:
    • Students take three disciplinary courses from each of the three faculties and also elective courses within two pathways:(1) Cultures/ Societies and (2) Physical World/ Biological/ Human Sciences.
    • Students also take five interdisciplinary courses which are co-designed and co-taught by teachers spanning the three faculties.
  • Free elective or second major:
    • Students can pursue any combination of subjects or a second major of their choice across three of HKU’s most comprehensive faculties and beyond (e.g., physics, history, psychology, political studies, marketing or management).
  • Other essential learning:
    • Students take internship (Social Innovation) and fulfil the language and common core requirements of the undergraduate curriculum.

Students will have individual guidance from a professor (academic tutor) who will help them design a course of study that meets their passions and provides a coherent course of academic study.

Career Prospects

The curriculum prepares graduates for various career opportunities that will have an impacts in the workplace and community locally and beyond. Its well-rounded interdisciplinary education and an integrated set of skills training spanning across Social Sciences, Science, Arts and Humanities make job candidates more competitive for all roles that require ‘thinking outside the box’, creativity, critical thinking adaptability, problem-solving skills, communication and empathy as well as training in vocational skills, in government, management consultancy, public relations specialists, banking, public policy, environmental services, museum, heritage or science writing/ journalism, and non-governmental organisation work.

Contacts for Further Information
Faculty of Arts
Tel 3917 8977
Fax 2548 5231
Email arts@hku.hk
Website http://arts.hku.hk
Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel 3917 1207
Email socscug@hku.hk

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