Programme Structure

(For students of bulletin year 2018/19 or after , please refer to the new curriculum here .
Students can check their Bulletin Year via BUniPort under Study Record.)

Under the 4-year undergraduate degree structure, students entering HKBU are required to take a suite of GE courses in order to gain a multi-disciplinary learning experience. To foster the intended learning outcomes of the GE Programme, the 38 units required under the Programme are divided into 2 categories, Core Requirements (26 units) and Distribution Requirements (12 units), as in the table below:

Core Requirements Distribution Requirements
Units Units
University English 6 Areas of Learning (b)
University Chinese 3 Arts 3
Public Speaking 3 Business 3
Information Management Technology (a) 3 Communication/Visual Arts 3
Numeracy (a) 3 Science/Chinese Medicine 3
Physical Education (a) 2 Social Sciences 3
History and Civilization (a) 3 Interdisciplinary (c) 3
Values and the Meaning of Life (a) 3
University Life 0
Total 26 Total 12
(a) Each of the above denotes a category in which a list of courses will be available for students’ selection.
(b) Students will take one course in each of the four areas outside of their own Faculty/ School/ Academy, for a total of 12 units. Students may also take interdisciplinary courses to fulfil the Distribution Requirements.
(c) Interdisciplinary courses will be listed for two (or more) areas of learning (i.e. with two course codes starting with GDXX18XX or GDXX19XX). Students have to decide which area (outside of their own Faculty/ School/ Academy) they would like the course to fulfil.
(d) Students can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses in any categories as free electives in addition to the 38 required GE units.

Core Requirements

The aim of the Core Requirements is to provide students with the transferable skills, attitudes and values that will help them lead balanced and successful lives both during and following their university education.

All students are required to take 6 units in University English (I & II), 3 units in University Chinese and 3 units in Public Speaking. Students can choose 1 3-unit course from each of the following categories: Information Management Technology, Numeracy, History and Civilization, and Values and the Meaning of Life. In addition, students will also choose 2 one-unit courses to fulfill the 2 units required for Physical Education, and to complete the non-credit bearing University Life Programme.

Distribution Requirements

The aim of the distribution requirements is to broaden the scope of students’ learning by having them pursue areas of knowledge outside of their major discipline. The identified areas of learning include: Arts, Business, Communication/Visual Arts, Science/Chinese Medicine and Social Sciences. Students will take one course in each of the 4 areas outside of their own Faculty/School/Academy, for a total of 12 units. Students may also take interdisciplinary courses to fulfill the Distribution Requirements. Interdisciplinary courses will be listed for 2 or more areas of learning. Students have to decide which area outside of their own Faculty/School/Academy they would like the course to fulfill.

Equivalent courses in the New University Core and GE Programme for students admitted under the old GE curriculum (effective from AY2019/20)

Please click here for the document of the equivalent courses in the New University Core and GE Programme for students admitted under the old GE Curriculum.