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Undergraduate Programmes

Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology and Sociology


Course Code: 1645-DP029A (CE 68-817-00/81)
  • QF Level: 5 QR Registration No.: 14/003413/L5 Validity Period: 01/09/2015 to 31/08/2019
Ms. Charlotte Chan
T: 2975 5610


Programme Overview

This undergraduate programme applies a range of approaches to the study of society. It combines internationally recognised expertise in research and highly regarded experience in teaching to develop a multifaceted investigation of social life from a local to a global scale.

The study of crime and society are inextricably linked, and the BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology is a joint honours degree programme that provides you with an extensive grounding in criminology and a grounding in the sociological tradition and training in the skills and abilities necessary for a sociological understanding of the contemporary world. It provides a systematic approach to the study of criminology and sociology examining crime, offending behaviour, the criminal justice system and the wider social world in which these occur, including issues such as gender, racism, social protest, sexuality, and processes of social change.



Programme Highlights

  • Leading UK university for the study of crime, criminology and criminal justice;
  • Teaching informed by world-class research; from one of the UK’s leading multidisciplinary schools of social sciences;
  • Extensive site visit and field trip opportunities;
  • Practical training on research methods and transferable skills;
  • Students may opt to transfer to the UK campus for their Final Year study.

The University of Hull


Established in 1927, The University of Hull encompasses world-class teaching, research, impressive facilities, and a strong support network for over 16,000 students. 

The University is ranked 63rd in the 2016 Complete University Guide. It has been consistently ranked among the leading UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey and for graduate employability.

Teaching and research in criminology enjoy a long traditions at The University of Hull. The School of Social Sciences is one of the longestestablished departments for the study of criminology, in a market that has been rapidly expanding in recent years. Sociology has also been taught at Hull for more many years, affirming the school’s excellent reputation.


英國赫爾大學於1927年成立,學府的師資、學術研究均達國際級水平;大學設置一流的設施,為全校超過16,000名學生提供強大的支援網絡。赫爾大學 於2016年英國大學排名位列第63位 (The Complete University Guide)。大學 在英國全國學生調查中亦一直被列為學生最滿意的英國大學之一,其畢業生 就業率一直名列前茅。

赫爾大學具超過30年授與研究犯罪學及社會學的資深經驗,亦是英國其中 一間最早提供犯罪學學科的大學,歷史悠久,近年發展更見迅速。


Content and

Programme Structure

The entire programme comprises 18 modules (360 credits) in the UK, but in Hong Kong, only the Second Year and Third Year modules are offered.

Applicants who meet the entry requirements and are approved by The University of Hull may qualify for direct admission to the Second Year of the programme and will be required to complete 12 modules (240 credits) for graduation.

Year Module Title

Year 2 (120 Credits)

(Each module carries 20 credits)

Social Institutions and Everyday Life
Understanding World Cultures and Diversity
Analysing Social Data: A Critical Toolkit
Theorising Society
Development of Criminological Theory
Criminal Justice Process

Year 3 (120 credits)

(All but Dissertation are 20-credit modules)

Dissertation (40 credits) plus 4 available options 
Short Dissertation (20 credits) plus 5 available options

Students must choose at least 2 options
from each of the following themes#:

Sociology Theme 
(Each module carries 20 credits)
Social Bodies
Anthropology of Gender and Sexual Diversity
Gender and Society
Leadership: A Social Sciences Approach
Disability and Society
Organisations of Violence ^
Punishment and Society ^
The Problem of Youth ^

Criminology Theme 
(Each module carries 20 credits)
Contemporary Imprisonment
Drugs and Drug Use
Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics
Organisations of Violence ^
Punishment and Society ^
The Problem of Youth ^

#Students are not allowed to repeat their choice of options in both themes
^Cross-disciplinary modules included in both themes

The above programme structure is intended for use as a guide by prospective students. HKU SPACE and The University of Hull reserve the right to vary the structure. 

Duration of Study 

With full exemptions from the first year of study, students can complete the enrolled programme in two years in full-time mode.

Teaching Mode

These programmes will be taught jointly by The University of Hull and HKU SPACE academic staff. Students will have 10 to 20 contact hours weekly with the teaching staff. The lecturing staff of The University of Hull will visit Hong Kong during each semester and will provide lectures for all modules. Tutorials, workshops and field visits will be conducted by qualified local tutors from HKU SPACE. 


Assessments will be in various forms including essays, presentations, projects, reports, examinations and dissertation. 

On Campus Transfer

Students will be eligible to apply for transfer to the Hull campus for their final year study. Full international student fees will apply.

Teaching Staff

In association with University of Hull, UK

  • Programme Leaders
    (University of Hull)
    BSc; MSc; PhD Keele
    KWAN, Kalwan
    Dip(SW), BSW, MSocSc, PhD HK

    CHENG, Janice

    (HKU SPACE, Deputy Programme Leader)
    BA UBC; MA CUHK; Reg. Psychologist (HKPS)
  • Teaching Staff - The University of Hull
    BRADY, Kay BSc; PGCE
    BUTLER, Ruth BSc Lancaster; PhD Reading
    CALVERLEY, Adam PhD Keele
    CARTER, Denise BA; PhD
    HOLDSWORTH, Julia PhD Hull
    O’LEARY Nicola BA; MA; PhD Hull
    ORTON, Bev BA USA; PG Dip; PGCE Huddesfield; MEd Cantab; PhD Hull
    SANTORSO, Simone   BA Padua; MA Padua; PhD Urbino
  • Teaching Staff - HKU SPACE
    CHAN, Samson Dip(SW) HKBC; Dip(MS) CUHK; Cert(CJ) HK; MA Leic; PgCert, PhD Hull; CSDSM, CSMSM
    CHAO, Joyce BA; MA; PhD Hawaii
    CHOY, Bing Kong BSocSc; MSocSc; PhD
    KWAN, Kalwan Dip (SW) HKBC; BSW PolyU HK; MSocSc, PhD HKU
    LEE, Wendy BA, MEd HKU; MIPA
    LEUNG, Max MA CityU HK; BSW HKBU; Dip(SW) HKBC; R.S.W.
    OU, Antony BSocSc, MPhil CUHK
    WONG, Christopher DSW PolyU HK; LLB CityU HK; MSocSc HK


Award and


Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology and Sociology by The University of Hull.

Career Opportunities

The University of Hull has one of the best records in the UK for employment of its graduates, and Hull’s social sciences graduates are no exception. There is an increasing market for graduates in social sciences, criminology and/or psychology.

The demand for social sciences graduates has increased in recent years, and our degrees equip students with knowledge and skills that will be invaluable for careers connected with social services. Graduates are expected to be capable of devoting themselves in a wide variety of careers. Common career choices include the civil services, social or community services, the legal profession and academic or policy research.

Graduates with degrees in criminology-related fields have found employment in a wide variety of careers: as police and probation officers, academic and policy researchers, community and voluntary sector workers, teachers, to name only a few career destinations.

Further Studies 

Qualifications from the University of Hull are recognised internationally, and graduates of these programmes are qualified to apply for admission to taught-master programmes or research-based postgraduate programmes such as MPhil and PhD.  


Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee* for 2018/19 intake is HKD33,480 and GBP2,790 per year. The tuition fee covers all charges for lectures, workshops, tutorials, field visits, marking of assignments, examinations and registration. The fee will not cover the re-taking of modules.

* The tuition fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change without prior notice.

Financial Assistance Schemes

The University of Hull's Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology and Sociology programme delivered in Hong Kong is successfully accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). Full-time students are eligible to apply for Hong Kong government grants and low-interest loans, i.e. Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) and Non-means tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS). For details, please refer to


Scholarships will be given by The University of Hull/ HKU SPACE International College to new students with outstanding achievement in their Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma study for enrolling in the BA (Hons) Criminology/ BA (Hons) Criminology with Psychology/ BA (Hons) Sociology/ BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology programme. The amount of each scholarship is HK$10,000.



Entry Requirements

An applicant shall hold:

(a) an Associate of Social Sciences/ Applied Social Sciences awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE or other recognised institutions with a Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.3 or above; or

(b) an Advanced Diploma in Applied Social Sciences awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE with a CGPA of 2.3 or above.

For English proficiency, a minimum overall score of 6.0 on the IELTS or 550 on the TOEFL is required. Applicants who are graduates of the HKU SPACE Associate Degree/ Advanced Diploma, or with an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution where the normal medium of instruction is English will be exempted from this requirement if they have obtained Grade “C” or above in their sub-degree English course(s).

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications in a related social science discipline such as psychology, sociology, guidance and counselling, social welfare, legal studies, public policy and administration, etc. will also be considered. Applicants who have not previously studied social sciences (including an introduction to sociology themes and a research methods module) shall be advised to undertake additional preparatory modules of “Introduction to Sociology” and “Introduction to Social Research Methods” offered by HKU SPACE prior to entry.


Student Work
and Activities

Site Visits

Students are offered extensive site visit and field trip opportunities, including visits to criminal justice agencies, rehabilitation centres and other agencies.

Pik Uk Pik Uk
Visit to Pik Uk Prison  
Police Tactic Unit LaiChi
Visit to Hong Kong Police Tactical Unit Visit to Lai Chi Rehabilitation Centre
Korea Singapore
Korea Study Tour Visit to Singapore After-care Association
Taiwan Study Tour Japan Study Tour
Taiwan Study Tour Japan Study Tour

CSM London Summer Study Programme

This programme organised by IC provides a valuable opportunity for students to enroll into a short course in Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (CSM), one of the world’s leading institutes for arts and design education with 150 years of history.

IC-ECNU Shanghai Winter Study Programme

This programme enables students to broaden their intercultural outlook by exploring Shanghai’s past and present, discovering local culture, lifestyle and art development. They can also experience East China Normal University’s campus, hall life and study with ECNU students.



QF This programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework. For details of the QF level, registration number and validity period, please visit:

This is an exempted course under the Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.