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Economics & Business Economics & Business

Higher Diploma in Business

Financial Services

Programme Code: HD 131 3416 6338 2305 5315
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 15/002751/L4
Registration Validity Period:  24/07/2015 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : HD131

Programme Aims & Features

The programme provides a broad-based education in business, offering students both theoretical and practical knowledge to explore real-world business operations.

In Year 1, all students will study common business-related specialism courses, equipping themselves with necessary foundational knowledge in major business fields, including Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Banking.

In Year 2, students can specialize in one of two themes – Economics or Financial Services – to gain a deeper understanding of their areas of interest.

Year 2 students opting for the Economics theme will learn various economic theories and how to apply those theories to solve real-life problems, while those taking the Financial Services theme will acquire knowledge in the domains of financial analysis, financial planning, and investment management. 


Practical job placement is an important part of training. Students may be selected to work as summer interns in financial and other institutions.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2023 Overall Progression Rate: 87%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 85%

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:

The University of Hong Kong
BBA Accounting & Finance
BBA Information Systems
BEcon & Fin
BSc Information Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BBA Professional Accountancy
BSocSc Economics
BSocSc Global Studies
Integrated BBA
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BSc Chemistry
City University of Hong Kong
BA Digital Television & Broadcasting
BA Media & Communication
BBA Business Analysis
BBA Business Economics
BBA China Business
BBA Finance
BBA Human Resources Management
BBA Information Management
BBA Marketing
BBA Marketing Information Management
BBA International Business
BEng Computer & Data Engineering
BEng Computer Engineering
BEng Electrical Engineering
BSocSc Applied Sociology 
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Advertising Design
BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion & Textiles
BBA (Hons)
BBA (Hons) Accountancy
BBA (Hons) Accounting & Finance 
BBA (Hons) Financial Service
BBA (Hons) Global Supply Chain Management 
BBA (Hons) International Shipping & Transport Logistics
BBA (Hons) Management
BBA (Hons) Marketing
BBA (Hons) Supply Chain Management & Analytics
Broad Discipline of Computing
BSc (Hons) Enterprise Engineering with Management
BSc (Hons) Financial Technology
BSc (Hons) Geomatics
BSc (Hons) Information Security
BSc (Hons) Internet & Multimedia Technologies
Bsc (Hons) Investment Science
BSc (Hons) Investment Science & Finance Analytics
BSc (Hons) Logistics Engineering & Management
BSc (Hons) Property Management
Hong Kong Baptist University
BBA (Hons)
BBA (Hons) Accounting
BBA (Hons) Applied Economics 
BBA (Hons) China Business Studies 
BBA (Hons) Entrepreneurship
BBA (Hons) Finance
BBA (Hons) Global and China Business 
BBA (Hons) Human Resources Management
BBA (Hons) Marketing
Lingnan University
BBA (Hons)
BBA (Hons) Economics
BBA (Hons) Finance
BBA (Hons) Risk and Insurance Management
*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the following programmes run in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College:

University of the Arts London

Edinburgh Napier University

University of Hull

University of London Programmes (Academic Direction: London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE)

University of Plymouth

Career Prospects

Many graduates go on to full-time employment in business and financial institutions including listed companies, banks, stock brokerage firms, and asset management and insurance companies. Graduates also commence careers in law firm, large corporations and trading companies, serving in management, accounting, and marketing related positions.

Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited and recognised by a number of professional institutions. Partial exemptions from various professional examinations are granted to our graduates:

  • Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK)
  • Society of Registered Financial Planners (HKRFP)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute, United Kingdom (CII, UK)
  • Our College is in the process of seeking Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (HKICPA) accreditation for Higher Diploma in Business
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Practical Chinese
  • Applied Statistics
  • English for Business

Experiential Learning Course

  • Integrated Project

Year 1

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Business Economics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Principles of Banking


Year 2

Common Modules

  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Introduction to Financial Technology

Economics Theme

  • Information Management 
  • Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • The Economics of Money and Banking
  • Investments

Financial Services Theme

  • Information Management
  • Foundation of Financial Planning
  • Insurance
  • Investments


Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.


Students' Activities

GBA Tour, July 2023

As part of the Inter-school Entrepreneurship Workshop, 10 students from the Division of Economics and Business accompanied a group of secondary school students to visit Rainbow Shopping Mall and an electronic manufacturing factory in Dongguan. The interesting tour provided the students with the opportunity to explore the consumer culture, shopping trends, and innovative business ideas in the Greater Bay Area.

Students took a guided tour on the factory floor where they observed different stages of the production processes – starting from component assembly to final product testing and packaging. Also, they had the chance to ask questions to the management of the factory, which helped them gain insights into the challenges and opportunities of the electronic manufacturing industry in mainland.