Entry requirements for Hong Kong

Academic entry requirements will vary between courses. Please check the individual course page and use the equivalency tables below to work out the specific requirements for your course.

Undergraduate

Qualifications equivalent to UK A-levels:

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). The HKDSE requirements in the table can include the best three grades across both elective and compulsory modules (excluding Chinese, English and Liberal Studies in courses where we do not consider A Level General Studies). Please see information with regards to English and Maths below the table.


HKDSE equivalencies

A-level requirement HKDSE grades (exclusions above apply)
AAA 554
AAB 544
ABB 444
BBB 443
BBC 433
BCC 433
CCC 433
CCD 333
EE 332 (or Pass Form 5 of HKDSE with 444)
HKDSE Mathematics Compulsory equivalency to GCSE:
  • GCSE grade C / grade 4 equivalent: grade 2 from HKDSE

For courses that require A Level maths (for example Engineering, Maths, etc), you must have taken and scored 4 on the ‘extended maths’ module.

If you do not meet our minimum undergraduate requirements you may still be able to apply for one of our foundation courses.

Postgraduate

Minimum entry requirements

Please check the individual course listing for the bachelor degree requirement and use the equivalency table below to work out your specific requirement. If you do not meet our minimum requirements you may still be able to apply for one of our pre-master’s courses.

Equivalencies

Bachelor degree requirement Equivalent grading
2:1 (for direct entry) Second class Honours, upper division, GPA 2.7
2:2 (for direct entry) Second class Honours, lower division, GPA 2.4
Pass grade (for a pre-master’s course) Pass, GPA 1.7


Additional information

Minimum English language requirements

One of the following:

Equivalent academic qualifications can be accepted and we are happy to consider applicants on a case by case basis. Please contact our admissions team if you wish to discuss your specific qualifications.

Progression agreements

Entry into the first year

We recognise a range of qualifications from Hong Kong including:

  • City University of Hong Kong, School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) Diploma in International Degree Foundation for entry onto undergraduate degrees in Business, Social Sciences, Law, Education, Arts and Humanities, the Built Environment and some courses in Technology.

Second or final year entry

We recognise qualifications from a number of prestigious institutions in Hong Kong, so you can enter the second or final year of the following courses:

  • Architecture Year 2 entry - HKU SPACE Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies Year 3 entry - Yew Chung Community College Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education
  • Film Studies Year 2 entry - Hong Kong Baptist University, College of International Education (CIE) Associate Degree in Film, Television and Digital Media Studies and Associate Degree in Creative Media Design
  • Fine Art Year 2 entry - Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture
  • Interior Architecture Year 2 entry - HKU SPACE Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies
  • Creative Music Production Year 3 entry – Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) Higher Diploma in Digital Music and Media
  • Nutrition Year 3 entry - HKU SPACE Higher Diploma in Nutrition and Food Management
  • Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Year 2 entry - HKIVE Higher Diploma in Surveying and City University of Hong Kong Associate of Science in Surveying

In the past we have also made offers to students in the following courses:

  • Real Estate management Year 2 entry - HKIVE Higher Diploma in Real Estate Management
  • Planning and Property Development Year 2 entry - HKU SPACE Higher Diploma in Real Estate Management
  • International Hospitality Management Final Year entry - HKIVE Higher Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Event Management Year 3 entry - Hong Kong Community College of HKPU Higher Diploma in Event Management