Associate of Social Science in Public Administration and Management*

Admission suspended for 2022-23


This programme is committed to nurturing the intellectual capacities and professional competencies of students in public administration and management. “Government” is set as the major focus and locus of study for students. The basic philosophy of the programme is: “Make our government and policy making better”. Learning from three domains of courses/subjects, respectively, on administration, management and policy, students will be equipped with the basic knowledge of how a government can govern effectively and be prepared with requisite skills of how the public leadership can be exercised effectively.



Social Sciences






Kowloon City





2 years



63 CPS 



Associate Degree  




Admission, entry requirements and fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. How you apply will depend on your student type.

Programme Specific Entry Requirements

  • No programme specific entrance requirement

General entry requirements


Application Fee

$150, waived for this year

Tuition Fee

Associate Degree Programmes

HK$1,800 per credit x
63 Credits required for Programme Completion
= HK$113,400

Associate of Social Science in Social Work

HK$2,600 per credit x 38 social work courses credit +
HK$1,800 per credit x 21 general Education credit +
HK$2,500 per credit x 15 fieldwork placement credit
= HK$174,100

Other Fees

A Graduation Fee of $400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

  • Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000

  • Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree.

Enquiries:        2150 6222

  •  Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277

Programme outcomes and structure

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Apply social science theories and concepts to analyze public management issues and public policy issues and problems;
2. Critically evaluate the socio-political, cultural and technological context of public management and public policy making from humanities and social science perspective;
3. Formulate and choose policy alternatives to solve public management and policy problems;
4. Evaluate the effectiveness of managerial and policy ideas in real setting;
5. Plan and execute academic research; and
6. Communicate effectively both orally and in written form and work effectively in teams.


  • Public Administration and Society
  • Values in Public Policy
  • Making and Managing Public Policy
  • Introduction to Political Studies
  • Public Sector Management
  • Understanding and Managing Public Organization
  • Public Administration and Management Attachment
  • Public Policy Workshop

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name
Semester A, Year 1
CGE1000 (1500) English for Academic Studies A or B
CGE1200 Practical Chinese
CGE14411 Critical Thinking
DSS10011 Public Administration and Society
DSS10015 Introduction to Political Studies
Semester B, Year 1
BUS10405 Economics for Social Studies
CGE2002 English Professional Communication Skills for Social Science
DSS10010 Hong Kong in Transformation
DSS20041 Values in Public Policy
CGE General Education
Summer Semester, Year 1
DSS10902 Public Administration and Management Attachment
Semester A, Year 2
DSS20036 China in the 21st Century
DSS20040 Making and Managing Public Policy
DSS20042 Understanding and Managing Public Organizations
DSS20401 Social Research
CGE General Education
Semester B, Year 2
CGE23218 Climate Change: Threats, Mitigation and Adaptation
DSS20005 Public Sector Management
DSS20035 Law and Society
DSS20707 Urban Society and Global Cities
DSS21009 Public Policy Workshop

CGE General Education courses:

At least one chosen from the Society and Organisations domain, and at least one of the courses chosen must be at level A2:


UOW College Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Social Innovation
City University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Asian and International Studies
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Criminology and Sociology
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Politics
Hong Kong Baptist University
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Government and International Studies
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy and Administration
Lingnan University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Cultural Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Science in Government and Public Administration
The Education University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Liberal Studies Education
The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences


  • Administrative Assistant
  • Personnel Officer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Researcher
  • Project Co-ordinator

Any enquiries relating to the ASocScPAM programme should be directed to the Programme Leader, Mr Paul Wong.

Internship opportunities

Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union
Legislative Council Secretariat
Think Tank

Contact Us

Faculty of Social Sciences

Telephone: (852) 2707 3223
Fax: (852) 2707 3224

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

College Office

Telephone: (852) 2707 3111
: (852) 2707 3222

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

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