Undergraduate Programmes

General Office (Tel: 3917 5867, E-mail: ugpsyc@hku.hk )

The Department of Psychology offers 3 major programmes and 4 minor programmes to all undergraduate students.

1. Major/ Minor Programmes

Programme1st Major (For BSocSc and BEd&BSocSc students only)2nd MajorMinor
Cognitive Science
Human Resource Management - FSS

2. Regulations, Syllabus & Structure and List of Courses

IntakeRegulations & SyllabusProgramme StructureList of courses & descriptions
2020-20212020-2021 Regulations & SyllabusProgramme_Structure_2020-21List of courses & descriptions_2020-21
2019-20202019-2020 Regulations & SyllabusProgramme_Structure_2019-20List of courses & descriptions_2019-20
2018-20192018-2019 Regulations & Syllabus2018-2019 Programme Structure2018-2019 List of courses & descriptions
2017-20182017-2018 Regulations & Syllabus2017-2018 Programme Structure2017-2018 List of courses & descriptions
2016-20172016-2017 Regulations & Syllabus2016-2017 Programme Structure2016-2017 List of courses & descriptions

3. Recommended Study Pathway

IntakeRecommended Study Pathway
2019-20202019-2020 Recommended Study Pathway
Before 2019-2020 cohort2018-2019 Recommended Study Pathway

4. Major / Minor Declaration

  • Students can start declaring their major/minor at the beginning of their Year 2 study, change the declared major / minor throughout the Year 2 & 3 study but not later than semester 1 of the last year.
  • For neuroscience major/minor programme, online declaration is not available in SIS. Students who would like to declare major/minor in Neuroscience are required to submit an application form to the Department of Psychology one week before the end of add/drop period each semester.

5. FAQ about the Requirements for Major / Minor Fulfillment

Please click here.

1. Courses in Offer

The Department of Psychology offers a number of PSYC introductory and advanced courses, and common core courses (Click here)  in the academic year of 2020 – 2021. Each course will carry 6 credits except some full-year courses which carry 12 credits.

2. Lecture Timetable for Courses Offered by the Department

Semester 1, 2020 – 2021

Semester 2, 2020 – 2021

Summer Semester, 2020 – 2021

For the latest teaching arrangements in 2020/21, please refer to the HKU Teaching & Learning website.

Timetable of tutorials:      Please access Tutorial Sign-up application via (1) the hyperlink in My eLearning tab or (2) iOS app and Android app of mobile device.

3. Important Notes about Course enrollment

  • All courses offered by the Department have quota restriction.
  • Some courses may have pre-requisite requirements.  Students should obtain a passing grade in the pre-requisite course(s) before taking the subsequent courses.
  • Taking advanced courses concurrently with its pre-requisite is NOT allowed.
  • Course enrollment with timetable conflicts will NOT be approved.
  • Double-counting is NOT allowed.
  • Students should read carefully the syllabus and course descriptions at major minor overview.

1. Research Internship Course (6 Credits)

A research internship course is different from a standard course. It combines working as a student intern in a research laboratory – helping with data collection and administrative tasks, attending lab meetings – with reading and learning about the related literature, etc. The specifics are highly dependent on the specific laboratory.

For research internship opportunities offered by lecturers, please click the lecturer’s name from here and read the details under “Research Internship Opportunities”.

Major/Minor ProgrammeCourseOverview & Application
PsychologyPSYC2072 & PSYC2073
Research internship in psychology I & II
Psychology	PSYC2072 & PSYC2073 Research internship in psychology I & II
Research internship in neuroscience
Neuroscience	PSYC2112 Research internship in neuroscience

2. Research Project Course (6 Credits)

Research project courses comprise an independent research study in an area of cognitive science or neuroscience of the candidates’ choice, subject to availability of supervision. Students will read within an area of study, to be agreed with their instructor, and write an extended essay or research proposal.

Major/Minor ProgrammeCourseOverview & Application
Cognitive SciencePSYC4068
Research project in cognitive science
Cognitive Science	PSYC4068  Research project in cognitive science
Capstone project in neuroscience
Neuroscience	PSYC4102 Capstone project in neuroscience

3. Independent Study (12 credits)

Students who are interested in conducting an independent empirical investigation of a psychological problem may take Independent Study course. The project write-up should be about 8,000 to 10,000 words (exclusive of tables, bibliographies and appendices) and should follow the practice of communication in top psychology journals. Approval by Departmental Head is required for admissions into this course.

Major/Minor ProgrammeCourseOverview & Application
Independent study in psychology
Psychology	PSYC4007  Independent study in psychology

4. Thesis (12 credits)

Psychology major students may conduct an independent empirical investigation of a psychological problem may take Thesis course. Students will receive individual supervision by under individual supervision of an academic staff. Thesis research will be supervised individually by teaching members of the Department. The thesis should be about 8000 to 10,000 words (exclusive of tables, bibliographies and appendices) and should follow the practice of communication in top psychology journals. Eligible students will be invited by the Department to apply for admission into this course, and the admission is subject to the approval by the Department.

Major/Minor ProgrammeCourseOverview & Application
Thesis in psychology
Psychology	PSYC4008 Thesis in psychology
Thesis in neuroscience
Neuroscience	PSYC4101 Thesis in neuroscience

5. Past Thesis Borrowing

General Inquiries
Borrowing Procedures
Thesis Borrowing Form

Undergraduate Level
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Major in Psychology)

Postgraduate Level
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology
Master of Social Sciences in the field of Psychology

Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology
Master of Social Sciences in Educational Psychology
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Doctor of Psychology (Educational Psychology)

Research Degrees
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

6. Research Ethics application

1. Consultation Hours

All teachers in the Department will hold office hours (one hour per week) to provide advice to students on taught courses and provide supervision to Thesis/Independent Study/Research internships. Students are advised to make prior appointment in advance.

Consultation hour Semester 1, 2020/21

2. Departmental Academic Advisors (DAAs)

Welcome to our psychology major!

To provide a first-call of personal support for you as you explore and learn more about Psychology, we have assigned a Departmental Academic Advisor (DAA) to you. Please click for the updated DAA list in 2019/20 for Year 4Year 3 and Year 2 students for information.

The Advisor-Advisee Meeting 2019 will be held on Nov 8 that you can meet with your advisor. Your advisor will also hold weekly consultation hour (see the above section) to meet with you. You are encouraged to consult the DAA by appointment in person, via telephone and email if you have any concern about awards, careers development, community services, thesis and independent study, research postgraduate studies, student counselling, progression of studies, course enrollment and selection etc. We hope that this arrangement would help you to deal with these concerns at the earliest opportunity.

In addition to the departmental academic advising system, there are other available resources in the University offer assistance to students with different needs:

Name of Unit/systemWebsite
Academic Advising Officehttp://aao.hku.hk/
Faculty-based Academic Advising (FAA)http://www.socsc.hku.hk/sl/
CEDARS: Counselling and Person Enrichment (CoPE)https://www.cedars.hku.hk/cope
CEDARS: Student Developmenthttps://www.cedars.hku.hk/sd
CEDARS: Careers & Placementhttps://www.cedars.hku.hk/careers/home
CEDARS: Campus Lifehttps://www.cedars.hku.hk/campuslife/aboutus

3. Careers in Psychology Forum and Advisor-Advisee Meeting


Dear Students,

Welcome to the Psychology Major!

We look forward to sharing with you what we know about Psychology and why we love this field. Now that you have declared your major in Psychology, it would be great to look ahead. We will hold a forum about careers in psychology (and a tea reception) to welcome you into our Major, details as follows:

Date: October 22, 2018 (Monday)
Time: 4:15 – 6:00 p.m., followed by a tea reception
Venue: Function Room, 11/F, Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus.

To provide a first-call of personal support for you as you explore and learn more about Psychology, we have also assigned a departmental academic advisor to you. Attached please find the advisor-advisee list  for your information. Please come and meet your advisor at the tea reception after the career forum.

Your advisor will also hold weekly consultation hour to meet with you about course selection, career planning, and other academic matters. The attached consultation hours is enclosed for your reference.

Registration is open from now till 22/10/2018 12:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register via https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=60394

See you on October 22 at 4:15 p.m!

Warmest regards,

Department of Psychology


PowerPoint of the seminar 2018

  1. Membership of HKPS (Presentation slides)
    Janet HSIAO, Department of Psychology
  2. Job Placement of Psychology Majors (Presentation slides)
    Josephine CHAN, Chief Student Advising Officer (Careers), CEDARS
  3. Admission and Career of MSocSc(CP) Programme (Presentation slides)
    Christian CHAN, Associate Programme Director, Department of Psychology
  4. Admission and Career of MSocSc(EP) Programme (Presentation slides)
    Kathy SHUM, Admissions Coordinator, Department of Psychology
  5. Other Professional Careers in Psychology (Presentation slides)
    Christian CHAN, Department of Psychology

1. Incoming Exchange

2. Outgoing Exchange Experience

Bachelor of Social Sciences students are required to participate in an Outgoing Exchange Studies as to meet the fulfillment of the Global Citizenship.

Credit Transfer Database [For Reference ONLY]

You may refer to the Credit Transfer Database from the Faculty of Social Sciences website for more information about successful credit transfer applications in the past.

Preliminary assessment of credit transfer

If the database does not include the courses that you wish to enroll at the host institution or you would like to transfer the course and proposed with another course equivalence, you may ask for a preliminary assessment of the credit transfer with the following procedures:

Please send the application to the Department of Psychology via ugpsyc@hku.hk as instructed below.

  1. Please provide the following basic Information in the email:
    • Student Name
    • University No
    • Degree and Year
    • Major and/or Minor
    • Semester on exchange
    • Host University
    • PSYC courses taken in HKU
  1. Please send the following course information*note as detailed as possible in PDF format, ONE file for ONE course:
    • Course Code (if applicable)
    • Course title
    • Number of contact hours
    • Number of credits
    • Course objectives and learning outcomes
    • Topics covered in each teaching week
    • Assessment methods

*Note: To facilitate the preliminary assessment, the file(s) shall be named in format as: Course title_Host University (e.g. Introduction to Psychology_NewYorkUniversity)

  • Please note that you are required to provide the course information in English. If the course information is available in other language only, a translation of the course information to English is required.
  • In case of insufficient information, the course may be disapproved and you are required to resubmit the required information for further assessment.

More useful details about matters related to exchange studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences:

3. Volunteer Experience in the Community

Students who wish to have more opportunities to apply psychology knowledge in the community might approach the organizations (here) proactively to explore volunteer opportunities.

Please click here for details.

HKU Psychology