Higher Diploma in Business Administration

Higher Diploma

Mode of Study

Full time / Part time


Medium of Instruction



  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: 2-3 years


Programme Leader

Ms. Nicola Chow


Qualifications Framework

Level 4




Programme Commencement Date

September / February / June


HKIT Online Application System
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Programme Feature

Higher Diploma in Business Administration (HDBA) is a comprehensive and broad-based business programme that focuses on integrating academic theories with real-life applications in the commercial world.

The first year of study provides students with an integrated view of various generic and business functions in the commercial environment.

In the second year, students will then take up a specialized study theme for a more in-depth training in the different areas in business studies. Study themes include:


Programme Objective

This programme is designed to:

provide students with a broad-based education in business administration, with specialties in accounting and finance, management and international business. Students will be provided with a solid foundation of knowledge including that in management, economics and finance. Students opting for the Accounting and Finance Stream will be equipped with knowledge in law, taxation, financial accounting and management accounting, while those studying in the Management Stream will learn the different aspects of management theories and concepts and their applications in various scenarios. Those taking the international business Stream will be equipped with knowledge in the domains of international business (with a focus on Asia Pacific region).



Qualifications Framework

The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF).

QF Level: 4

QR Registration No.: 20/000502/L4

Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023






Programme Structure


5 Core Modules
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • Practical Chinese
  • Project Skills
  • Professional Ethics
  • English for Business Communication
1 General Education module
  • Business Information System
  • Chinese for Business Communication
  • Statistic
  • Computing
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Hong Kong Law
6 Specialised modules
  • Marketing
  • Leadership
  • Management of Organisational Behaviour
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Economics



Area of Study

Students may choose the following areas to study:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management
  • International Business



Graduation Requirements

Completion and obtained Pass or above in 16 required subjects.

Remarks: Qualified applicants may be exempted from up to 8 modules, which will be decided on a case-by-case basis. (e.g. exemption of maximum 8 modules for Higher Diploma; and exemption of maximum 4 modules for Certificate)



Advanced standing

Enrolled students who have prior qualifications from other institution may apply credit transfer or course exemption. Each application will be considered individually.

For more information, please refer to entry requirements.





Professional Recognition

Graduates of Accounting Streams on completion of required modules are eligible for exemption from:


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for up to a maximum of 5 papers in the Professional Examinations;






Full Time

Year 1

Tuition fee: $56,000

Year 2

Tuition fee: $56,000



Part Time

The tuition fee is charged on subject basis with HKD $7,000 per subject, total of 16 subjects are to be studied.





#The tuition fee will be subject to adjustment by annual review.




Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

FASP provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

For details of the schemes, please visit SFO website at: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/fasp/overview.htm


The Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

For details of the schemes, please visit SFO website at: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/nlsps/overview.htm


Self-financing post-secondary scholarship scheme (SPSS)

To promote the development of the self-financing post-secondary sector, the Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme (SPSS) is set up under the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund to offer scholarships and awards to students pursuing full-time locally-accredited self-financing sub-degree or bachelor's degree (including top-up degree) programmes at non-profit-making education institutions.

For details of the schemes, please visit SPSS website at: https://www.cspe.edu.hk/en/Overview-Measures-Fund-SPSS.html





2+1 Top Up Articulation

HKIT Higher Diploma Graduates may proceed to study the one-year top-up degree programmes of University of West London or Glyndwr University, awarded university in the UK.

The degree programmes offered by HKIT are recognized by the Hong Kong government. Students who are eligible for the “Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong” (NMTSS) will be provided with an annual subsidy up to HK$33740 in the 2023/24 academic year.

For detail please visit to our top-up degree page.





All students successfully completing this programme are eligible for admission to the top-up-degree programme offered by the Institute.


Bachelor Degree (studying in Hong Kong)

University of West London
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies (Year 3) (Registration Number: 252931)


Glyndwr University
  • BA (Hons) Business (Year 3) (Registration Number: 252974)
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management (Year 3) (Registration Number: 253019)
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 3) (Registration Number: 253020)

Higher Diploma in Business Administration

F.7 / HKDSE / Yi Jin Dipolma / Certificate / Diploma





Year 1 Entry

General Entrance Requirements:

HKDSE applicants
  • Level 2 or above in English Language; and
  • Level 2 or above in Chinese Language; and
  • Level 2 or above in other three subjects(see Remarks below)



  • Attained in Applied Learning subjects will be considered as attainment of Level 2
  • Each applicant is allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning subjects in the application.
  • Non-local students with the equivalent qualifications are also considered.


HKALE applicants
  • Passed in 1 AL subject, or 2 AS subjects
  • Grade E or above in at least 5 HKCEE subjects included Chinese Language and English Language(Syllabus B)


Other qualifications
  • Graduate of Foundation year; or
  • Graduate of recognised certificate / diploma; or
  • Graduate of Diploma Yi Jin course; or
  • Other equivalent qualification; or
  • At 1st January of current academic year , candidate age 21 or above;




Year 2 Entry

General Entrance Requirements:

  • Holder of recognised diploma/ advanced certificate of same or related discipline; or
  • Other equivalent qualification



Application Period

Starting from 2 months before commencement of semester September, February, June


Application Procedure

Complete the Online Application form

Applicants will be required to submit/upload the following documents:

  • Photocopy of your Hong Kong Identity Card
  • Photocopy of all supporting documents for your application


  • Successful applicants should present originals of the above documents for verification during the admission interview/registration.



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