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.

Our Programmes

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Applied Science
Arts and Languages
Social Sciences

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. Under the same quality assurance mechanism, HKBU AD graduates could articulate to UG Programmes seamlessly without taking any programme pre-requisites.

Transfer of Units/Course Exemption

Students admitted to Year 1 of study with advanced standing may apply for transfer of units / course exemption if they had taken equivalent courses in other institutions before admission. They may be granted up to 15 units of transferred units. Out of these 15 units, the transfer of units for Core courses and Level 1 Foundational courses will be capped at 12 units. Please click here for details of transfer of units / course exemption.

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. Analyse contemporary issue using broad-based knowledge of specific disciplines;
5. Analyse and evaluate problems independently, critically and creatively;
6. Apply basic knowledge of specific disciplines to make informed choices and decisions; and
7. Recognise the ethical and moral responsibility as global citizens

Semester Schedule

1st Semester, 2021/22

1/9/2021 Release of Timetable
6/9/2021 1st Semester Begins
6-11/9/2021 1st Semester Add/Drop Courses
22/10/2021 Deadline for Application for Change of Concentration Studies (for Year 1 only)
28/10/2021 Deadline for Tuition Payment (Extra Units)
(1st Semester)
1-5/11/2021 Course Registration (2nd Semester)
13-24/12/2021 1st Semester Examination
16/12/2021 Deadline for Tuition Payment (2nd Semester)
6/1/2022 Release of Course Grades (1st Semester)
8/1/2022 1st Semester Ends
12-15/1/2022 Make-up & Supplementary Examinations (1st Semester)

2nd Semester, 2021/22

12/1/2022 Release of Timetable
17/1/2022 2nd Semester Begins
17-22/1/2022 2nd Semester Add/Drop Courses
11/3/2022 Deadline for Application for Change of Concentration Studies (for Year 1 only)
17/3/2022 Deadline for Tuition Payment (Extra Units)
(2nd Semester)
4-8/4/2022 Course Registration (for the 1st Semester, 2022/2023)
10-24/5/2022 2nd Semester Examination
8/6/2022 Release of Course Grades (2nd Semester)
15/6/2022 2nd Semester Ends
15-18/6/2022 Make-up & Supplementary Examination (2nd Semester)