General Requirements

Distance Learning Students Course Enrolment General Requirements

Programme of Study

Registration at the University is normally done by programme of study. Our programmes work on a flexible credit accumulation basis. To obtain an award, you are required to follow the regulations governing your programme of study, which outline the number of credits and the courses you need to complete.

Programme Regulations may be updated from time to time. You are advised to check and obtain copies of the most up-to-date regulations by referring to this section “Programme Requirements” on this website.

Programme Regulations are normally updated twice a year and will be available in May and November. You are also advised to contact your Programme Leader for matters related to your studies.


Each course normally carries a credit value. Courses will normally run for one or two terms and the 1st digit or first four-digit of the course code generally indicates the level of the course, in the table as follows.

Continuous assessment and examination measure your success in any course. As you successfully complete your course, the credits will be added to your record. You can obtain your award upon accumulation of enough credits for the appropriate level of award as prescribed.

1st digit or first four-digit
Level of course
(Under 5-credit system)
Pre-foundation: These courses are designed as primers for higher education. They have no prerequisites. They are especially suitable for new students. These courses may be counted towards sub-degree programmes but not degree programmes. Some courses have no credit value attached to them. The course code of these courses also starts with ‘0’.
Foundation: These courses have no recommended prerequisites. They are the entry level courses for students wishing to study for a degree. They are especially suitable for new students.
Middle: These courses may have recommended prerequisites at the Foundation level.
Higher: Normally, these courses will have recommended prerequisites. In order to obtain a degree, a student must complete courses at this level.
Higher (Honours): Normally, these courses have recommended prerequisites and are prescribed as part of the requirements for an Honours degree.
8 or 9
Postgraduate: These are courses offered under a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma, Master’s or Doctorate Degree.


(Under 3-credit-unit system)

Levels of Awards

Our programmes lead to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Many of the programmes also have early exit points, e.g. sub-degrees and ordinary degrees. Students may consider obtaining a lower award before completing additional credits and satisfying the requirements for the higher award.