Department of History

The Department of History successfully passed the review exercise of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications in 2005 to launch its four-year full-time undergraduate programme.

The department aims to equip its students with thorough understanding of Chinese history whilst also providing a global perspective. The programme encompasses specialised issues such as Chinese historiography, cultural history, economic history and intellectual history. Topics such as world history, history of the world and China, as well as regional history (including Hong Kong) are also taught in the programme. Since the 1990s, the department has also run a master’s programme on ancient/modern and contemporary history with Peking University.

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This admissions information talk provides the 2024/25 undergraduate programmes of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. You can check the admission requirements of the programme(s), introduction of the department, and internship, exchange and other student/alumni activities.

Our Programmes

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History Programme
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History Programme

Programme Features

  • We train our students to understand Chinese history and other subjects from a comparative perspective and a global vision
  • We enhance our students language skills in both ancient and modern Chinese
  • Our students are offered internship opportunities during their study, including cultural seminars and booth promotion, marketing projects of local revitalisation scheme and local theme park. Some of our students also learned about teaching at secondary schools

Programme Curriculum*

  • Chinese History
    History of Chinese Dynasties (e.g. Qin-Han-Wei-Jin, Sui & Tang, Song & Yuan, Ming & Qing histories),
    Republican China, China since 1949
  • China and the World Series
    World History to 1500A.D.,
    Cultural Contacts between Chinese and Non-Chinese Civilisations before 1500, China and the Europe in the Making of the Modern World, Sino-American Relations, China in the Contemporary World
  • Regional History
    Chinese Regions (e.g. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xinjiang, etc).
  • Globalisation and China, From Colony to SAR
    Reunification, Challenges & Opportunities
  • Education Concentration

*For detailed curriculum, please refer to the departmental website.


  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Career Paths

Our graduates can apply most government’s general grade positions. They can also perform as professional writers, editors, teachers and work in related cultural industries. Apart from working, they can further study History or other programmes such as humanities, law, politics, or library science at postgraduate level at local or overseas universities.

Entrance Scholarships and Financial Assistance

  • MTSS
  • ES 3

NMTSS = Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme
SSSDP = Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors

Entrance Scholarship (ES)
ES 1 – iFREE Entrance Scholarship
ES 2 – Longbow Charity Foundation Entrance Scholarship
ES 3 – Entrance Scholarship for Non-Chinese Speaking Students

Year of Entry

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3