Open University of Hong Kong

Master of Social Sciences (full-time)

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Course Information

Registration period
7 Apr 2021 (Wed) - 31 May 2021 (Mon)
HKD 97,200
Study Mode
1 Year(s)

Course Overview

The Master of Social Sciences (MSSCF) programme offered by the Department of Social Sciences of OUHK is the only master's programme in Hong Kong that incorporates the disciplines of economics, psychology, political science and social policy, while at the same time providing an option for students to declare their specialization. Students could select an interested specialization, namely (1) Applied Economics and Policy Analysis, (2) Applied Psychology, (3) Criminology and Social Policy Studies and (4) Global Governance. The common core and specialization courses will be taught by a strong team of experts from economics, psychology, sociology and political science backgrounds. Students from diverse backgrounds also form circles which create synergy for effective learning.


The MSSCF programme aims at training postgraduate students with advanced knowledge and applied skills in economics, psychology, sociology and political science. It also aims at helping students develop the professional and personal competence required to work in the field of global and social policy and to engage in professional practices in social and economic development; this involves gaining critical knowledge and skills in analysing and appreciating local and global policy issues and the ability to formulate and assess policy options that ensure effective, appropriate and sustainable outcomes, and improve social well-being.

Language of instruction

All courses are taught in English and supplemented by Chinese, as cases from Greater China will be occasionally used in demonstrating theoretical analysis in different courses. English is the medium of instruction in both teaching and assessment. Students may be allowed to complete their written assessments in Chinese if extensive case studies of China are included; prior approval from the course instructor must be sought.

What you'll learn

Course Description

  • ECON A822F Economic Analysis in Global Market
  • ECON A823F Econometrics and Applied Statistics
  • ECON A826F Economic Development in Global Economy
  • ECON A827F Economic Analysis in Public Policy
  • ECON A828F Data Science for Public Policy Analyst
  • GAPG A821F International Relations: Theories and Practices
  • GAPG A822F Exploring Global Issues
  • GAPG A824F Global Political Economy: Theories and Key Issues
  • GAPG A825F Society and Culture in the Era of Globalization
  • GAPG A826F Greater China: Governance and Politics
  • GAPG A833F Global Governance
  • PSYC A813F Psychology for Work I: Assessment, Selection and Development
  • PSYC A814F Psychology for Consumer Studies
  • PSYC A815F Psychology for Decision-Making
  • PSYC A816F Psychology for Work II: Organizational Behaviour
  • SOCI A811F Crime and Criminology
  • SOCI A812F Punishment, Prison, and Penology
  • SOCI A814F Essentials of Social Policy Studies
  • SOCI A815F Key Issues in Social Policy Studies
  • SOCI A816F Criminology and Social Welfare
  • SOCI A817F Criminal Justice and Selected Crime Issues
  • SOSC A821F Social Science Perspectives
  • SOSC A822F Social Research Methods and Applications
  • SOSC A888F Research Project

Study mode and duration

Students are expected to complete the programme in either one academic year (three semesters) in full-time study mode or two academic years in part-time study mode.

Courses will be taught in face-to-face mode and will make use of various approaches to facilitate teaching and learning, including lectures and seminars. Lectures will be scheduled on weekday evenings or Saturdays. Course lecturers will consider incorporating experiential learning components whenever appropriate. All the courses will be supported with the OUHK Online Learning Environment (OLE) which provides asynchronous online discussion for interaction among students and between instructors and students.

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