Semester System

  1. In an academic year, there are two regular semesters (Semester A & Semester B) and a Summer Term.

    Semester A

    Semester B

    Summer term

    September to December

    January to May

    June to August

    1 class meeting per week for each course

    2 class meetings per week for each course

  2. Most of the courses offered are one-semester courses that carry 3 credit units each. Each course has 13 class meetings during the semester and each class meeting lasts for 3 hours. One exception is EF5063 "Professional Seminars". It is a year-long course that carries 3 credit units.  The class meeting is 1.5 hours per week in Semester A and B (see Details of Programme Structure).
  3. In the Summer term, students may choose an elective course available from departments of the College of Business.  Please note that a very limited number of courses are usually offered in Summer term.

Study Mode & Duration

The programmes are offered in combined mode*.

However, there can be restrictions for students who are not Hong Kong residents. For students who come to Hong Kong on a student visa, the study mode that they can enroll in will depend on
the permission granted by the Immigration Department.

Students who are not holding a “Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card” should check with the Immigration Department on immigration regulations and conditions governing eligibility for studies. It is the students responsibility to understand and comply with immigration rules governing the conditions of their stay in Hong Kong.

This link contains useful information:

 Study Mode

Study Load according to University's Academic Regulations

Normal Study Load#

Time to complete the programme in general^


  • 3 - 11 credit units per semester

  • no more than 7 credit units for the summer term

  • 6 credit units per semester

  • 3 credit units for the summer term

24 months


  • 12 - 18 credit units per semester

  • no more than 7 credit units for the summer term

  • 12 - 15 credit units per semester

  • 3 credit units for the summer term

12 months
  • 3 - 18 credit units per semester
  • no more than 7 credit units for the summer term
depends on the study modes that students choose in different semesters (refer to the above)

* Local students taking programmes in combined mode can choose to study full-time or part-time in different semesters without seeking approval from the University.  For non-local students, they will be admitted to the programmes for either full-time or part-time studies.  Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

# All first-year students will have to take EF5063 “Professional Seminars” in Semesters A and B / Semester A, B and Summer term on top of their normal study load.

^ According to the regulations of the University, students are required to complete the MSc programme within the maximum period of study which is 2.5 years for full-time students and 5 years for part-time students.


Class Meetings

  1. Some students work full-time and pursue the programmes on a part-time basis.
    To suit their work schedules, most class meetings are arranged on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Occasionally, some class meetings occur during weekday daytime for full-time students.
  2. In general, students will have to take courses during both weekdays and weekends - it is quite impossible for students to complete the programme by attending classes during either the weekends or weekdays only.

To graduate, students have to:

  • pass all core and at least two elective courses (either two finance electives or one finance elective with one other course offered by our Department or other various departments in the College of Business);
  • earn 30 credit units; and
  • achieve a Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of 2.00 or above (Grading System).

University Award Classification: Distinction / Credit / Pass