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Globalisation and Development, BSocSc (Hons)

Globalisation and Development Programme, United International College (Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University), China

Globalisation and Development Programme, United International College (Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University)

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BSocSc (Hons)Full-time4 yearsSeptemberCNY 100000 per yearCNY 100000 per year

About Globalisation and Development, BSocSc (Hons) - at Globalisation and Development Programme, United International College (Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University)

The Globalisation and Development (GAD) Programme is a new, dynamic educational platform at the English-medium “United International College” of Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University (BNU-HKBU UIC) in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China.

The college is housed in the green, seaside town of Zhuhai, in the Pearl River Delta, adjacent to Macau and conveniently connected to Hong Kong by a recently completed bridge, widely considered a marvel of human engineering, at the heart of the booming “Greater Bay Area” region. 

The GAD Programme – leading to a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honors) issued by Hong Kong Baptist University – is uniquely interdisciplinary, as it infuses modern international affairs studies with highly relevant “STEM” components.

It trains future governance leaders with a distinctive international perspective and solid digital skills, capable of managing the complex, interconnected, transnational development challenges of our times on behalf of public administrations, private corporations, international organisations, think tanks and media. 

The added value of studying in GAD is represented by its location in one of most vibrant and fast-growing regions in the world, in a country, China, that has been defining our times by leading the rise of the Global South and coming to represent the epitome of large-scale development, trade integration and global outreach.

GAD is a truly cutting-edge platform that aims at expanding horizons, crossing boundaries and making sense of the most pressing trends in international affairs, economic development governance, sustainability, as well as regional and multilateral cooperation. The courses available in the major include: 


    • Introduction to Global Studies
    • International Cooperation
    • Foundations of Political Science 
    • Introduction to Sustainable Development
    • Introduction to Research Methods
    • Principles of Development Economics
    • Python Programming for Beginners (computer-based /in collaboration with the Division of Science and Technology)
    • Cooperation and Progress in the Guangdong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area
    • Global Digital Transformation: AI, IoT and Blockchain (computer-based /in collaboration with the Division of Science and Technology)
    • Global Environmental Governance
    • Global Political Economy
    • Global Routes of Trade and Investment
    • Globalisation: Trends, Issues and Opportunities
    • Growth, Innovation and Development: Case Studies
    • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management (computer-based /in collaboration with the Division of Science and Technology)
    • Data Analysis for Social Sciences (computer-based)
    • Final Year Project 

    In addition, from Year 3 onwards students will be able to define their own educational path on the basis of their interests and aspirations by choosing between two alternative concentrations, in “International Development” or in “Public Administration”:

    OPTION 1 - International Development Concentration Required Courses

    • China’s Global Partnerships for Shared Prosperity
    • Global South in Transition
    • International Development Theory and Practice
    • International Organisations
    • Project Management in International Development

    OPTION 2 - Public Administration Concentration Required Courses 

    • Employment and Tax Policy for Digital Economy
    • Public Administration for the Digital Society
    • Public Fiscal Administration
    • Public-Private Partnerships 
    • Social Innovation and Social Enterprises

    Concentration Elective Courses include:

    • Asia in the Age of Globalisation
    • Contemporary Europe-Asia Interactions
    • Development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    • Development in Post-Colonial British Commonwealth
    • Governance and Society in Latin America
    • Governance and Society in North America
    • Governance and Society in Northeast Asia
    • International Migration
    • Internship
    • Principles of International Law
    • Principles of Negotiation
    • Regional Cooperation and Integration: the ASEAN
    • Rural Economic Development and Transformation in Globalising China
    • Society, Environment and Development in Africa 
    • Sustainable Cities 
    • Topics in Globalisation and Development

    Classes tend to be relatively small (30-40 students maximum), ensuring meaningful exposure and effective interaction. High-quality teaching is proven by a consistently high percentage of graduates (above 60%) pursuing Master’s and PhD degrees after graduation in the most prestigious English speaking universities in the world (e.g. QS Top 100). 

    For more information on how to join us and thus multiply your opportunity for success in the world of tomorrow, please visit our institutional website at and get in touch with us! 

    Our international, English-speaking staff will be delighted to assist you. You may also contact the college’s International Development Office – in charge of international students – by visiting!

    Entry requirements

    General College Admission Requirements

    Applicants belong to the categories listed below can select only one of them which can best reflect the Highest Qualifications/Status:

    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    Grade 4 in:

    IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or IB English B (Higher Level); or

    IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level)


    Grade 5 in:

    IB English B (Standard Level)

    GCE Qualification

    GCE Advanced Level (AL)/ International Advanced Level (IAL):

    Grade E or above in three AL/ IAL subjects; or Grade E or above in two AL/ IAL subjects plus two Advanced Supplementary Level (ASL) subjects

    (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both the AL and ASL.)

    Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

    Grade P3 (Pass 3) or better in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects; or

    Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

    (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects)


    BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC); or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND); or BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (ND)/ BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

    (Foundation, Diploma and Certificate qualifications awarded by colleges and universities in the UK will be considered on a case-by-case basis for admission without

    advanced standing)

    SAT Qualifications

    Minimum score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in new SAT or 1,650 (out of 2,400) in old SAT (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing), and a sub- score on essay writing of no less than 8

    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Grade 3 in at least two AP subjects

    American College Test (ACT)

    Minimum composite score of 23

    Associate Degree Student/Holder (AD)

    Successful completion of one year's study in a full-time AD programme at a recognised US university/ community college, the duration of which should be no less than two years in full-time mode

    Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges

    Successful completion of IGETC with Grade C or above in each of the subjects

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