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Theme: Human Resource Management


Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP502 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 15/003338/L4
Registration Validity Period: 30/10/2015 to ongoing
Successful completion of this programme leads to an award within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE

DFS Application Code: HPDFS-BM

HD Application Code: HDBMGT_HRM


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This programme was formerly known as Associate of Applied Social Sciences in Human Resource Management and Development, and has been restructured and retitled as Higher Diploma in Business Management with effect from the 2016-17 academic year.

The Higher Diploma in Business Management Programme is a comprehensive and broad-based business programme that aims to expose students to the major functions of a business organisation and introduce them to the core business management theories and practice. It consists of 2 years of study. The first year of study follows a common core curriculum covering generic and core business courses such as Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Statistics and Business Law. These courses will provide an integrated view of various business functions in the commercial environment. Students will be able to identify their area of interest and will be able to choose one of the following specialised themes in their second year of study:

  • Management Studies
  • Management and Psychology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management with Business Law
  • Management and e-Commerce


Award Title

Graduates will be awarded Higher Diploma in Business Management.


Programme Aims and Features (Human Resource Management)

  • Exposes students to the major functions of a business organisation and introduces them to the area of Human Resources Management from both theoretical and practical perspectives;
  • Equips students with the knowledge and skills for further studies or careers in business or human resources management;
  • Prepares students not only for all major business functions such as accounting, economics, finance, marketing etc., but also the essentials of human resources management such as recruiting, selecting, training and resources development in an organisation;
  • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach with the aim to build students’ capacity to respond to new situations in a rapidly changing world.


Opportunities for Further Studies

Programmes offered by local universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Human Resource Management, Social Sciences, Business Administration or other related disciplines offered by local universities (including HKU). The list below shows the degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    BBA Accounting and Finance
    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Economics & Finance
    Bachelor of Social Sciences
    BSc Information Management
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BSc Community Health Practice
    BSSc in Gender Studies
    BSSc in Global Studies
    BSSc Sociology
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Bachelor of Business Administration
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BBA Business Analysis
    BBA Business Economics
    BBA Business Operations Management
    BBA Global Business
    BBA Global Business Systems Management
    BBA Human Resources Management
    BBA Marketing
    BBA Management
    BSocSc Applied Sociology
    BSocSc Asian and International Studies
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
    BSocSc Public Policy, Management, and Politics
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BA Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management
    BBA (Hons) Management
    BBA (Hons) Marketing
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    BBA (Hons) Entrepreneurship Concentration
    BBA (Hons) Human Resources Management Concentration
    BBA (Hons) Marketing Concentration
    BSocSc (Hons) China Studies – Sociology Concentration
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
    BEd (Hons) Business, Accounting & Finance Studies

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Programmes offered by overseas universities

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Human Resource Management, Social Sciences, Business Administration offered by overseas universities:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, The University of New South Wales Business School (Australia) (graduates may be exempted for up to 48 Units of Credits upon achieving the minimum CGPA specified by the University);
  • Full-time or part-time, Bachelor’s degree programmes offered locally by overseas universities in collaboration with HKU SPACE:
    • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Marketing and Management, The University of Hull (UK);
    • BSc Business and Management, The University of London International Programmes (Academic Direction: London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE) (UK);
    • BSc Economics and Management, The University of London International Programmes (Academic Direction: London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE) (UK);
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Business Management, University of Plymouth (UK).


Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for exemption from: 

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for up to 4 papers in the Professional Examinations;
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for up to 2 papers in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.


Career Prospects

Graduates will be eligible to take up positions in the human resource management and training fields in Hong Kong and the Mainland.


2-year Higher Diploma Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects* including English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies programme; OR
  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants whose HKDSE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme.


Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

  • Obtain Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.


Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered by the College.


*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: 

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and 
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

Effective from 2022-23 Academic Year:


Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking / Youth and Culture
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundations of Chinese Language* / How Things in Everyday Life Work
  • Chinese Language Enhancement* / Western Images of China
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture

Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Applied Statistics
  • Hong Kong Business Law
  • Principles and Practice of Management
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Foundation Psychology / Cost and Management Accounting I


Higer Diploma Year 2

  • Final Year Project (Business Management)
  • Practical Chinese*
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Business
  • Organizational Behaviour and Development
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Human Resources Management and Development
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Employee Development
  • Employment Law in Hong Kong


* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.