Associate Degree Programme


To provide post-secondary students with a full-time education opportunity to acquire broad-based general education in preparation for employment or further studies locally or overseas.

To enhance the quality of life of the students through the pursuit of learning and the development of their potentials.

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Applied Science
Arts and Languages
Social Sciences

Study Path

Programme Structure

The four-year HKBU Undergraduate Programme normally requires students to complete a total of 128 units. The HKBU AD Programme is a 62-unit programme which requires two years of full-time studies. The curriculum is equivalent to the first two years of an undergraduate programme. Please click here to know more.

After completing the AD Programme, students are eligible to take the “2+2” study path articulation to the last two years of a UG Programme. There are currently 11 UG Honours Degree Programmes jointly run by HKBU Faculties/Schools and CIE. Under the same quality assurance mechanism, HKBU AD graduates could articulate to UG Programmes seamlessly without taking any programme pre-requisites.

Course Exemption/Transfer of Units

Students with non-HKDSE qualifications admitted to Associate Degree Programme may apply for transfer of units at the point of admission. Students may be granted up to 15 units of transferred units. Out of these 15 units, the transfer of units for Core courses and General Education Level 1 Foundational courses will be capped at 12 units. If the application is approved, students will be exempted from taking the courses in the curriculum and no course replacement is required. Please click here for details of transfer of units.

Application form is available here. Please submit the form together with supporting documents to Academic Registry Services Section by the deadline.

Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively in English and/or Chinese both as speakers and writers;
2. Apply appropriate information literacy and IT, numeracy and problem-solving skills to manage challenges;
3. Work in a team and pursue an active and healthy lifestyle;
4. Analyze contemporary issue using broad-based knowledge of specific disciplines;
5. Analyze and evaluate problems independently, critically and creatively;
6. Apply basic knowledge of specific disciplines to make informed choices and decisions; and
7. Recognize the ethical and moral responsibility as global citizens

Semester Schedule

1st Semester, 2019/20

28/8/2019 Release of Timetable
2/9/2019 1st Semester Begins
2-7/9/2019 1st Semester Add/Drop Courses
18/10/2019 Deadline for Application for Change of Concentration Studies (for Year 1 only)
24/10/2019 Deadline for Tuition Payment (Extra Units)
(1st Semester)
28/10-2/11/2019 Course Registration (2nd Semester)
9-27/12/2019 1st Semester Examination
8/1/2020 Release of Course Grades (1st Semester)
11/1/2020 1st Semester Ends
15/1/2020 Deadline for Tuition Payment (2nd Semester)

2nd Semester, 2019/20

15/1/2020 Release of Timetable
20/1/2020 2nd Semester Begins
20/1-5/2/2020 2nd Semester Add/Drop Courses
19/3/2020 Deadline for Tuition Payment (Extra Units)
(2nd Semester)
20/3/2020 Deadline for Application for Change of Concentration Studies (for Year 1 only)
21-24/4/2020 Course Registration (for the 1st Semester, 2020/2021)
14-28/5/2020 2nd Semester Examination
11/6/2020 Release of Course Grades (2nd Semester)
15/6/2020 2nd Semester Ends
18-24/6/2020 Make-up & Supplementary Examination (2nd Semester)