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Why Study Geography in HKU?

What is Geography

Geography is an integrating discipline that provides a dynamic understanding of a rapidly changing world. It examines the interrelationships between people and their environment. Geography also studies the interaction of people. Geographers investigate these interactions in terms of location, space, scale and time. Geography involves both natural and social sciences with a focus on the major issues facing societies.


as a Subject

Geography is a diverse discipline offering a wide range of specialisms.  In the Department, students may take courses relating to the atmospheric environment and global climate, transport geography, urban planning, water resources, environmental hazards, China, biogeography, tourism, human and urban geography, geographic information systems and spatial analysis.  This diversity is important to students because it can lead to insights into issues that may not be possible in some other disciplines.

Geography is a relevant subject.  Many of the important issues facing communities and societies involve geography.  For example, sustainable development, climate change, natural hazards, economic/regional development, health, transportation and urbanization are all areas where geographers are actively participating.

Geography, as outlined later, is able to offer a range of important subject-based skills and transferable skills.  As such, it affords new challenges and skills to students and equips them for a large number of potential occupations.


at HKU

The Department of Geography was established in 1954 and is currently located in the Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus. The Department moved from the Faculty of Arts to the Faculty of Social Sciences with effect from the academic year 2007-08. The Department offers undergraduate courses to students of different Faculties such as Social Sciences, Arts, Science, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, and Law. These courses cover a wide range of specialties in human, physical and regional geography, as well as environmental studies, geographic information systems and spatial analysis. In addition, the Department participates in, and offers, a number of taught masters programmes. It also admits students for postgraduate research studies leading to Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Admission to Geography at HKU

The Department of Geography does not offer direct admission to JUPAS applicants. Students could consider the following options in submitting their JUPAS applications if they are interested in studying Geography as a Major in HKU.

JUPAS applicants in the arts stream

With the strong intention to become a single (full) major in Geography, JUPAS applicants in the arts stream should, in the first instance, apply for admission to the Social Sciences Faculty of HKU to study the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSS) (JUPAS Code: 6717) degree programme.  Upon admission to the Social Sciences Faculty, students can opt to become a Geography single major in their second- and third-years of studies.   Alternatively, students could choose to be a double major in Geography with another social sciences discipline. 

On the other hand, JUPAS applicants in the arts stream wishing to double major in Geography plus one other arts disciplines at HKU, should apply for admission to the Arts Faculty to study the Bachelor of Arts (BA) (JUPAS Code: 6054) degree programme.  BA students can become a Geography double major in their second- and third-years of studies.

JUPAS applicants in the science stream

JUPAS applicants in the science stream could apply for admission into the Science Faculty to pursue a double major in Geography plus one science discipline under the Bachelor of Science (JUPAS Code: 6901) degree programme. 

JUPAS Applicants

You should apply through JUPAS (Joint University Programmes Admission System) if:

  • you are a current Secondary Form 6 student in a local school sitting for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Details of the JUPAS scheme can be found in the JUPAS Guide.  For more details and enquiries, please refer to the JUPAS web-site at:

Non-JUPAS Applicants and International Students

Students may also apply for entry under the Non-JUPAS scheme if:

  • you are applying for admission on the strength of qualifications other than Hong Kong local examination results, or

  • you are currently enrolled in a full-time or sandwich bachelor’s degree programme in any of the eight government-funded tertiary institutions in Hong Kong (regardless of whether you wish to apply based on your HKDSE results).

If you wish to apply under the Non-JUPAS Scheme, you should send your application directly to the Registry at the University of Hong Kong, along with the supporting documents.  Further information on the scheme can be found on the University website, including the admission form, at:

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