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Stream: Management and Psychology

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENTStream: Management and Psychology

Programme Code

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

DFS Application Code: HP 82-402

HD Application Code: HP 82-804

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This programme was formerly known as Higher Diploma in Business (Management and Psychology), 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 following specialised streams 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 (Management and Psychology)

  • Exposes students to the major functions of a business organisation and introduces them to the behavioural aspects of decision making;
  • Cuts across 2 disciplines (Social Sciences and Business) in an innovative way and is the first of its kind in Hong Kong;
  • Equips students with the knowledge and skills for further studies or to start a career in business management, and also develops their awareness of the role of psychology in the business decision process;
  • Exposes students not only to all major business functions such as accounting, economics, finance, marketing etc., but also psychology, sociology and social psychology, at an early stage.

 

Opportunities for Further Studies

Programmes offered by local universities

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

  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Social Sciences
    BSc (Information Management)
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BSc Gerontology
    BSSc Gender Studies
    BSSc Global Studies
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BBA (Hons) Human Resources Management
    BBA Business Analysis
    BBA Business Operations Management
    BBA China Business
    BSocSc Applied Sociology
    BSocSc Criminology
    BSocSc Public Policy, Management, and Politics
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management
    BA (Hons) Bilingual Interdisciplinary Chinese Studies
    BBA (Hons) Management
    BBA (Hons) Marketing
    BSc (Hons) Enterprise Engineering with Management
    BSc (Hons) Investment Science
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    BBA (Hons) Human Resources Management Concentration
    BBA (Hons) Information Systems and e-Business Management Concentration 
    BBA (Hons) Marketing Concentration
  • Lingnan University
    BSocSc (Hons) Sociology 
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
    BEd (Hons) Business, Accounting & Finance Studies
    BSocSc (Hons) Psychology

*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 Business Management, Business Administration, Social Sciences or other related disciplines 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);
  • BA (Hons) Business Administration and Management / BA (Hons) Global Marketing / BA (Hons) Hospitality Business Management / BA (Hons) Human Resource Management / BA (Hons) International Business, The University of Huddersfield (UK);
  • 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 (Lead College: 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 3 papers in the Professional Examinations;
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for up to 1 paper in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

 

Career Prospects

This programme will enable students to explore career opportunities at junior supervisory level in business management and administration or related fields. 

 

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

HKDSE

  • Level 2 or above in 5 subjects^ (including Chinese Language and English Language);

OR

HKALE

  • Pass in one AL subject or 2 AS subjects in the HKALE; AND 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

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

OR

  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme, Certificate in General Studies Programme, Pre-Associate Degree Programme or Foundation Programme qualification; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications 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” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of the HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.


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

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

HKDSE

  • Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language; AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects#^

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

OR

HKCEE

  • 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

OR

  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

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.

^ 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” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of the HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.


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

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundation of Chinese Language / The Science of Everyday Life
  • Chinese Language Enhancement / Western Images of China
  • General 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 and Application
  • Statistics for Business
  • Hong Kong Business Law
  • Principles and Practice of Management
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Foundation Psychology

 

Higher Diploma Year 2

  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies
  • 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
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences

 

* 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.