College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

BSocSc Public Affairs and Management

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Indicative Intake Target

Local Places:

63 (For First Year and Advanced Standing I Entries)* and 
110 (For Senior Year Entry)

Non-Local Places  
(For Overall Direct Applications):

Around 300

Normal Duration of Programme
3 Years (For Advanced Standing I Entry)
2 Years (For Senior Year Entry)
Programme Website
Programme Leader
Prof. Edmund CHENG

BSocSc (CUHK), MSc, PhD (LSE)

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programme title subject to approval

* for JUPAS and non-JUPAS admissions

Programme Brochure
Why BSocSc Public Affairs and Management?

Make a difference: Study Public Affairs and Management (PAM) at CityU

  • How do particular public policies emerge?
  • Who makes the decisions and why?
  • Why are public policies so important and how do they impact on our everyday lives?
  • How do politics and policymaking interact?
  • What can we learn from other societies in relation to government and governance?
  • What are the key ethical issues in politics and public policy?

PAM will give you the essential analytical, communication, and leadership skills to prepare you for a successful career in a wide range of public and private sector jobs. Substantial training and practical opportunities will be provided in various learning modes to build up your professional skills, competence and confidence.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award.

Curriculum Structure

For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue’.

Department of Public International Affairs

The Department of Public and International Affairs is a multidisciplinary department with a multinational faculty and a strong international orientation. With faculty members graduating from many of the world’s top universities and with a commitment to leading edge research and high-quality teaching, the Department can lay a strong claim to be the leading department in its field in the region.PIA Ranking

Our Target

The aims of the major in Public Affairs and Management (PAM) are to:

  • provide students with a comprehensive education in the common core theories, concepts, and knowledge bases of public policy, public management, and political science;
  • enable students to specialise in public policy,  public management, or political science for gaining an understanding of the essential theories, principles, dynamics, and analytic approaches of these bodies of knowledge;
  • equip students with the theoretical, conceptual and analytical tools to understand comprehensively public policy, public management, and political developments in Hong Kong, China and the contemporary global world; and
  • produce graduates who can meet effectively the human resources needs of a wide range of public and private sector employers in administrative, management, and policy and political analysis positions, as well as in the media and non-governmental organisations.
What You Will Be Studying

You will specialise in one of the following streams:

  • Political Affairs and Governance
  • Public Policy and Management 

The Political Affairs and Governance stream will engage students in the study of wider political and governance issues, the Department can effectively broaden students’ horizons, boost their political and governance skills, and eventually improve their general employability.

The Public Policy and Management stream focuses on human resources management, financial resources management, organisational behavior in public management, management ethics, public policy ethics, and housing studies.

A number of electives will also be offered to PAM students to enrich their learning in the subject discipline.

Start Your Career Here

We are proud to say that our PAM graduates have been highly successful in the job market, with many of them employable in a wide variety of occupational fields, including government, social and market research, journalism, public relations, commerce, finance, project-planning and management, and social enterprises. Please review the employment statistics of PPP graduates from 2021:

Did You Know?

The PAM Major equips graduates for successful careers in a wide range of administration, management, politics, and policy positions in both the public and private sectors.  PAM graduates work as administrative officers and executive officers in various government departments.   Some also work as administrators and managers in public organisations such as universities, public hospitals, Housing Authority, Hospital Authority, and Airport Authority.  Some teach in secondary school and some have gone on to work as anchors and reporters in the news media.  Many of our graduates find employment in the private sector in the fields of public transport, banking, financial services, and property management.

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Student Exchange/Internship

The Department of Public and International Affairs sends a large number of PAM students to overseas universities in Europe, Australia, United States, Canada, and Asia for exchange study. The Department has achieved an impressive record in securing of international exchange places with universities in Europe, North America and Australia. The Department also provides internship to PPP students to gain practical working experience in a wide range of both public and private organizations. This helps the career planning of PAM students. Apart from these, PIA summer schools are very popular among PAM students for spending a summer in a foreign setting. Various field trips and study tours to different places are organized by faculty in different courses to broaden the horizons of PAM students to enable them to compare and evaluate the practices of public policy and the operation of government in different countries.

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