Associate of Arts (Philosophy)

Key Features

  • Providing training in both Eastern and Western Philosophy
  • Developing students in different philosophical traditions
  • Nurturing a creative problem solver to cope with the ever-changing world

Programme Objectives

  • Provides a solid foundation in philosophical traditions, arguments and problems that will enable students to pursue further studies in philosophy in Hong Kong or overseas

  • Enables students to think philosophically about problems that they will meet in their daily and professional lives

  • Develops analytical and critical abilities for solving problems of all types with creativity and flexibility

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:​
  • demonstrate an understanding of both Western and Eastern Philosophy;
  • deal with fundamental questions in life through a philosophical perspective;
  • identify both assumptions and conceptual connections of the philosophical theories;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of English and Chinese languages and communicate effectively for further studies or work;
  • apply creative problem-solving, IT applications, and critical thinking skills for handling further studies or career pursuits; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of cross-disciplinary knowledge and possible cross-disciplinary application


General Education (36 Credits)

  • General English

  • English for Academic Purposes I

  • English for Academic Purposes II

  • Business Communication

  • Chinese Language for Communication I

  • Chinese Language for Communication II

  • Chinese Language for Communication III

  • Logic and Critical Thinking

  • Understanding Morality

  • Introduction to Information Literacy

  • Free Elective (Details​)

  • Free Elective (Details​)


Concentration Courses (24 Credits)

  • Deductive Logic

  • History of Chinese Philosophy: From Wei-Jin to Ming

  • History of Chinese Philosophy: From Pre-Qin to Han

  • History of Western Philosophy: From Descartes to Kant

  • History of Western Philosophy: Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • Basic Problems of Philosophy I

  • Basic Problems of Philosophy II

  • Ethics: East and West

Apart from Chinese courses and courses which require students to have working knowledge of Chinese, all courses are normally taught in English.

Articulation Prospects

The College has established an articulation agreement with Hong Kong Shue Yan University for our graduates to articulate to the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Sociology (Year 2)

Some recent graduates of this programme were admitted to the following Bachelors's Degree Programmes:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Religious, Philosophy and Ethics, Hong Kong Baptist University

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy, Lingnan University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Career Prospects

  • Editing and Publishing

  • Education

  • Journalism

  • Government Organisations


  • Applicants should be proficient in both spoken and written Chinese. A Chinese proficiency test may be required for shortlisted candidates. 
  • Students have an opportunity of studying for one term in Mainland China or Taiwan.

Student Achievements

會考得1分 照樣讀碩士 一場講座改變「打機南」一生 發奮踏上哲學博士路


The following scholarships were available for students with outstanding performance in academic studies, great achievement in extra-curricular activities and/or valuable contribution to the College/University/Community:

  • Lingnan University Faculty of Arts Scholarship
  • Department of Philosophy Scholarship
  • Lingnan Club Scholarship
  • Lingnan Education Organization Scholarship
  • Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong) Scholarship

Continued Education Fund (CEF)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
This course/ The mother course (Title of Qualification) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4]).

QR Registration No.: 17/000603/L4
QR Registration Validity Period: 01/07/2017 To On-going

For details, please refer to "Continued Education Fund (CEF)" in our website.

Graduate Sharing

Mohammad Osama Ali

Mohammad Osama Ali

  • 2021年人文學科(哲學)副學士課程畢業生
  • 升讀香港浸會大學宗教、哲學及倫理文學士(榮譽)三年級


  • 2020年人文學科(哲學)副學士課程畢業生
  • 升讀嶺南大學哲學系文學士(榮譽)學位課程二年級
Tsoi Sung Piu

Tsoi Sung Piu

  • Graduate of Associate of Arts (Philosophy) 2020
  • Year 3, Undergraduate, Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Awardee of Department of Philosophy Scholarship 2020
  • Awardee of Lingnan Education Organisation Scholarship 2020
  • Awardee of Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020
  • HSBC Vocational Education Scholarship
The Philosophy programme lays a solid foundation in its discipline, including the history of Eastern and Western philosophy and metaphysics. Not only did it sharpen our thinking, it also propelled us to pursue further study in Philosophy. With its high recognition, most of us get articulated to a Philosophy undergraduate programme at any local universities. Being cordial and friendly, our LIFE instructors are responsive at any time. For all the teachers and classmates at LIFE, I owe them a debt of heartfelt gratitude.


  • 2019年人文學科(哲學)副學士課程畢業生
  • 升讀香港浸會大學宗教、哲學及倫理文學士(榮譽)學位課程三年級