Programme Curriculum for Students Admitted from 2017/2018


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Psychology Programme

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences offers a four-year programme leading to the bachelor degree of Social Sciences in PSYCHOLOGY. The BSS in Psychology is a dynamic programme that is nationally competitive and of international standard, and focuses on developing a good research base, critical knowledge application and flexible skills development.


Study Plan & Course Descriptions for Students Admitted in or after 2017/2018 (SB7 or after)

Course Catalog

GE Model for students Admitted from 2017


The BSS Psychology programme is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To provide high quality academic education and training opportunities in the field of psychology so that graduates will have an excellent background for careers in human resource management, management in tourism or other business, marketing, sales, public relations, financial management, counselling, social work, law enforcement and education.
  • To offer an international standard training in psychology that will enable graduates for postgraduate training locally, in China, or in other countries.
  • To disseminate research findings to academics, policy makers and concerned professionals or organizations and citizens.

Unique Features

  • One of our unique features is to maximize students’ flexibility of choice in psychology courses and courses in other relevant disciplines. To provide a broad exposure to different areas in psychology and other disciplines, our programme allows for - - 66 credit units in psychology courses;
    - 15 credit units in Languages and Skills;
    - 3 credit units in Community and Peer Education;
    - 24 credit units in General Education;
    - 24 credit units of free elective courses.

  • The proposed programme of compulsory psychology courses is designed to establish a solid and sufficient knowledge in psychology among graduates who might either pursue their career in psychology or go on to further postgraduate training anywhere in the world. The programme offers compulsory courses such as: Introduction to Psychology, Psychology Statistics, Life-span Developmental Psychology, and Sensation and Perception, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Personality Psychology, as well as Abnormal Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Addiction, and a Honours Thesis Research component.

  • There are also several elective courses such as: Biological Psychology, Community Psychology, School Psychology, Psychology of Leadership, Consumer Psychology, Cyberpsychology, as well as Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Advertising Psychology and Organizational Psychology, etc.

Degree Structure

The BSS in Psychology is offered by the Department of Psychology Programme in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students are required to complete all the 132 credits in four years. Courses specified in the programme are designated as: (A) Compulsory Courses; (B) Required Elective Courses; (C) General Education Courses; (D) Languages and Skills, (E) Community and Peer Education, and (F) Free Elective Courses.

The structure is divided into ten groups over four academic years:


No. of credits

A & B




General Education



Languages and Skills



Community and Peer Education



Free Electives


Total no. of required credits



*Languages and Skills (15 credits)

Students who test out of some or all of the Languages and Skills course(s) are required to make up the credits by taking additional Free Elective(s).


English language (0-9 credits)

EELC1001 / EELC110  Interactive English I (3 credits)

EELC1002 / EELC120 Interactive English II (3 credits)

EELC1003 / EELC130 Academic English (3 credits)

Chinese or Portuguese language (0-3 credits)

CHLL1000 / CHNB100  University Chinese (3 credits)

PORT1000 / PORT113 Portuguese Language I – Introductory Portuguese (3 credits)

Information technology (0-3 credits)

CISC1000 / CISB113  Information Technology Fundamentals and Practices (3 credits)



*Community and Peer Education (3 credits)

CPED1000 / CPED100  Residential College Experiential Learning (1 credit)

CPED1001 / CPED101 Physical Education I (0.5 credit)

CPED1002 / CPED102  Physical Education II (0.5 credit)

CPED2000 / CPED200 Communication Skills and Leadership (1 credit) (for year 2 or above students)


*2017/2018 GE Model (24 credits)

Additonal GE credits cannot be counted towards other course types.

4 GE areas:




  • Admissions to the psychology major programme are done in accordance with the University Admission Regulations. Applications through the Admission Examination will be required to excel in English and Mathematics in order to gain access to the programme.

Medium of Instruction

  • All psychology courses are taught in English.



  • Complete a minimum of 132 credits; and pass all Compulsory courses/Required Elective courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0.