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Students studying RPE programme will be benefited from the writing, public presentation, and critical thinking skills learnt from the programme, as well as close student-teacher relationship which is unique in our Department.


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Unique Features

First Ever RPE Programme in Asia for the World

First Ever RPE Programme in Asia for the World

The programme, specializing in three different but closely related disciplines of religion, philosophy and ethics, is the first-of-its-kind not only in Hong Kong, but also in Asia.  RPE is a multidisciplinary programme and in fact one of the flourishing programmes in the international trend in recent decades. Examples include the RPE programme in King’s College London and University of Nottingham in UK.

Four Study Areas

Four Study Areas

Starting from third to fourth years, students can choose major electives among the four study areas, namely Philosophical Studies, Christian Studies and Comparative Religion, The Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, as well as Ethics and Society. The multiple foci of the programme would be able to cater for the diverse interests of students.  Students can choose to declare or not a concentration in one of the four study areas at the end of their second year of study.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

We emphasize nurturing students’ abilities in critical thinking, justifying arguments and evaluating claims, which help to enhance their reasoning and analyzing skills.  These are transferable skills which are essential to many professions.

Value Analysis

Value Analysis

We emphasize the analysis of underlying moral values, social values, political values and cultural values in current issues, which are diverse, complex and often in conflict with one another.

Excellence in Liberal Studies

Excellence in Liberal Arts Education

Our programme provides a channel for achieving the higher goals of Liberal Arts Education, namely, (a) the cultivation of the ability to analyze complex human problems with intellectual rigor, and (b) the cultivation of practical wisdom for moral reasoning and impartial value analysis.



Local Visits and Overseas Study Tours

We emphasize experiential learning and organize local visits and study tours to various places which include Europe, the Northwest of Mainland China, Taiwan, Guangzhou and Macau. In addition, we have established a unique study abroad programme with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion that student can stay in a college of the Cambridge University for a short-term study.


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Career Prospects

The programme provides high-quality training which enables students to engage in independent academic research. Graduates can choose a career not only in teaching Ethics and Religious Studies (after obtaining PGDE/DipEd from a qualified tertiary institution), but also in cultural affairs, publication business, religion-related social service agencies, administration of the civil service and the business sector.


Our graduates have nearly 100% employment rate in recent years


The mean monthly salary of 2019 graduates is HK$16,587


Ranking of the salary in the fifth among all programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts