Declaring a Second Major
Students admitted to bachelor's degrees with a home major are eligible to apply for declaring a second major in accordance with the specified application periods and within the following stipulated periods of years of study:
|Catagory of Students||Period Permitted for Declaring a Second Major|
|Normative 4-year degree students||Within year 2 and year 3|
|Advanced Standing I students||Within year 1 and year 2|
|Advanced Standing II students||Within year 1|
Note: Applications for declaring a second major received outside the aforementioned periods of years of study will not be considered.
Application Periods for 2017/18
There are two application rounds in each academic year, and the application periods for 2017/18 are as follows:
|Round||Application Period||Announcement of Results||Effective Term for Second Major|
|1||1 - 21 November 2017||By 12 January 2018||Semester B 2017/18|
|2||3 - 24 April 2018||By 6 July 2018||Semester A 2018/19|
Note: Applications must be submitted online via AIMS by midnight of the deadlines (at 23:59) specified above, and late applications will not be accepted. Students can view the application results in AIMS, and no separate emails will be issued for unsuccessful applications.
Points to Note for Application
- Eligible students can submit an online application to declare a second major, in addition to their home major, during the specified application periods and within the stipulated periods of years of study. The steps for accessing the online system are as follows: AIMS → Study Plan → Declaring a Second Major.
- Students can submit only one choice of the proposed second major. The double major can be any combination of two majors (i.e. home major + any other major). However, please note that some majors may not be available for declaration as a second major as stipulated by individual academic units.
- Details on individual majors offered by academic units are available on the Programmes and Courses website and the respective academic unit’s website. Students are advised to check the information and consult the Major Leader, especially on the required courses to be completed for fulfilling the requirement of the second major, before submitting an application.
- Applications for declaring a second major are considered on a case-by-case basis, and approval from both the home and second major-offering academic units is required. Please note that there is no pre-approved double major programme, and all applications should go through the aforementioned approval process.
- Apart from the above, the declaration of a second major is also subject to the attainment of a minimum CGPA of 3.00 (or a higher CGPA requirement as specified by the second major-offering academic unit) at the end of the semester when the declaration is submitted, and fulfillment of any other stipulated conditions.
- For applications submitted in 2017/18, the following CGPA will be used for assessing if the students have met the minimum CGPA requirement:
- Round 1 applications: CGPA at the end of Semester A 2017/18
- Round 2 applications: CGPA at the end of Semester B 2017/18
(If the CGPA result is not yet available at the time of announcement of results, the approval of the second major application will be subject to the student's attainment of the minimum or specified CGPA requirement.)
Approved Applications for Declaring a Second Major
- If the declaration of the second major is approved, students who are undertaking a minor should review if the minor and the second major are exclusive. If so, they will need to drop the minor in accordance with the procedures stipulated by the University.
- Students are required to fulfil both the degree requirements associated with the home major and the major requirement for the second major. If the two majors have some overlap in courses, it is allowed provided that at least 27 credit units are earned by completing new courses for the second major.
- Students are required to achieve a minimum CGPA of 1.70 in the second major in order for them to be granted the award. This requirement applies to students who are approved to declare a second major in the 1st round 2015/16 exercise and onwards.
- Students pursuing a double major are also subject to the following requirements stipulated in the Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees:
|Item||Normative 4-year Degree||Advanced Standing I||Advanced Standing II|
|Maximum number of credit units permitted (inclusive of credit units earned from any previous major)#||144 credit units||114 credit units||84 credit units|
|Maximum period of study (inclusive of any change of majors, periods of leave of absence and suspension of studies)##||8 years||6 years||5 years|
# Students who cannot complete their second major within the stipulated maximum credit limit permitted may still continue to pursue the double major on the condition that any extra credit units exceeding the limit are paid on a self-financing basis. Please refer to the section "Payment of Self-financed Tuition Fee" for details.
## The maximum period of study for degrees with a normal study duration longer than 4 years shall be stipulated by the cognizant academic units.
- To ensure that both the home and second majors can be completed within the stipulated maximum period of study as mentioned above, students are strongly advised to run the 'What-If' audit in DegreeWorks, which allows them to hypothetically add the second major, showing them what courses are required for the second major. Please remember to choose the appropriate ‘Catalog Term’ (i.e., the semester for which the second major will take effect).
- For non-local students only: If the second major has the internship component and students would like to take on an internship later on, they are required to approach the Immigration Department of the HKSAR in person beforehand for a new No Objection Letter.
- If a student who has applied for graduation in the current semester/term cannot complete the requirements of the declared second major, he/she will be considered as not fulfilling the graduation requirements and his/her application for graduation will be withdrawn. If the student still wants to graduate as originally planned at the end of the current semester/term, he/she will need to submit an Application for Change of Academic Curriculum and Graduation to the Academic Regulations and Records Office by the stipulated deadline to indicate his/her intention for graduation and the revised academic curriculum. For details of the change of academic curriculum and graduation, please visit the Application for Graduation website.
- Students who have been approved for pursuing a second major and subsequently wish to drop the second major can submit a written notification to the Academic Regulations and Records Office. The dropping of the second major will take immediate effect from the current semester/term upon receipt of the notification. The completed courses from the unfulfilled second major may be counted toward the degree as free electives or used for fulfilling requirements for a minor as appropriate.
Payment of Self-financed Tuition Fee
- If a student who is pursuing a second major has eventually exceeded the stipulated maximum credit limit (e.g., 144 for normative 4-year degree, 114 for Advanced Standing I, 84 for Advanced Standing II) permitted by the University, he/she will be required to pay the extra credit units exceeding the maximum limit on a self-financing basis. An example for a normative 4-year degree student is given below:
|Degree and home major requirement:||93 credit units|
|Second major:||45 credit units|
|Free electives: ||12 credit units|
|Total:||150 credit units (vs maximum credit limit of 144 – the six extra credit units should be paid on a self-financing basis. For details on Fees and Charges, please refer to the Finance Office website.)|
- If a student who has previously been approved to exceed the maximum credit limit (e.g. change of home major) and is now approved to declare a second major, any extra credit units exceeding the original maximum limit permitted by the University should be paid on a self-financing basis. An example for a normative 4-year degree student is given below:
|Degree and revised home major requirement (including unused credit units from the original home major):||150 credit units (special approval for exceeding the maximum credit limit has been granted) |
|Second major:||45 credit units|
|Total:||195 credit units (vs maximum credit limit of 144 – the 51 extra credit units should be paid on a self-financing basis.) |