Articulation Degree Programmes and Senior Year Intakes

Articulation Degree Programme

The new articulation degree programmes are designed for High Diploma or Associate Degree holders to pursue the undergraduate study and prepare them for success in their chosen professions and to nurture them to become all-rounded global citizens.

Taking into account the education background of admittees to articulation programmes, the overall credit requirements for new articulation degree programmes are as follows:

Minimum credit requirement for graduation


60 credits

  • General University Requirements (GUR)

9 credits

  • Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)

51 – 57 credits


Maximum total credits allowed without incurring a higher tuition fee*


75 credits

The 9 credits of GUR are distributed as follows:         

Area and Credit Requirement

Curriculum Requirement

Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR)

[6 credits; min. 3 credits should be in subject designated as "China-related"]

  • Students should not take more than 3 credits (1 subject) from the same cluster area.
  • Students need to fulfill the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements and 3 credits of China Studies requirement (CSR).
  • Students may apply for a waiver if they have fulfilled the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements and/or CSR requirement in their previous studies.

Service-Learning [3 credits]

  • Prior to its full implementation, students may take a 3-credit free elective in lieu of the Service-Learning requirement

Language and Communication Requirements (LCR)

  • This is normally not required. Only those students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree LCR (based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance) will be required to take degree LCR subjects on top of the normal curriculum requirement. 


Senior Year Intakes               

Holders of High Diploma or Associate Degree may apply for senior year admission to our bachelor’s degree programmes. Senior Year curriculum for our Bachelor’s degree programmes for Associate Degree or Higher Diploma graduates normally take two years and require the completion of 60-75 credits. Those programmes that include professional training in industry, commerce and the public sector may take an additional year. The credit requirements for graduation vary by programme and are subject to annual review. Academic departments will advise students of the actual credit requirements after admission.

To uphold academic standard and to ensure the equivalence of quality across programmes, students graduated from senior year curriculum should also fulfill the same set of GUR as those students graduated from 4-year programmes. As such, credit transfer for GUR will be given to senior year intakes to undergraduate degree programmes.