The University adopts a policy of broad-based admissions for most of its programmes. This has resulted in the offering of 30 programmes. The number of majors offered by the University is about 50. Under broad-based admissions, students can choose to study in their desired Faculty/School/Academy and enhance their overall understanding of the disciplines in the first year. After they have studied more about different subjects of the disciplines, they can then make the best choice of major in order to achieve their goals.

The following Faculties adopt broad-based admissions:

News & Important Dates

10 Nov, 2020

Updates on JUPAS Admissions for 2021 Entry

Programmes on Offer

Faculty of Science

Admissions Scores

Programme's Mean 23.98
  • Median
  • CHIN
  • ENGL
  • MATH
  • LSTD
  • Elec 1
  • Elec 2
  • Elec 3
  • Elec 4
  • Lower
  • CHIN
  • ENGL
  • MATH
  • LSTD
  • Elec 1
  • Elec 2
  • Elec 3
  • Elec 4

Starting from 2018, the calculation of mean admission score is based on 4 core and 2 elective subjects.

Median 2020 (Mean:23.98) 2019 (Mean:21.71) 2018 (Mean:21.35)
CHIN 5** 5 4
ENGL 3 4 4
MATH 3 4 4
LSTD 3 4 5*
Elec 1 4 5 4
Elec 2 4 4 2
Elec 3 0 4 0
Elec 4 0 0 0
Lower Quartile 2020 (Mean:23.98) 2019 (Mean:21.71) 2018 (Mean:21.35)
CHIN 5 5* 5
ENGL 4 3 4
MATH 3 2 3
LSTD 4 5 5
Elec 1 5 5 4
Elec 2 3 3 4
Elec 3 3 0 0
Elec 4 0 0 0

The information contained here is based on the subject results achieved by the applicants at the

(a) study programme's mean of summation scores of 4 HKDSE core subjects plus 1 best elective subject (category A subjects) obtained by applicants admitted to respective study programmes in JUPAS Main Round; and

(b) median position (in the middle); and

(c) lower quartile position (3/4 way down)

of the JUPAS Main Round offer ranking list of each programme.

As not all programmes select students on the basis of HKDSE results alone and the actual results of the students admitted to each programme may vary from year to year (depending on the overall results achieved by applicants in a particular year, the number of applicants applying to the programme, changes in selection criteria, etc.), information in this section is for reference only, and should not be used to predict the chance of admission to any programme in subsequent years.

General Entrance Requirements

For Hong Kong students taking HKDSE for admission via JUPAS, the general entrance requirements for 2021 entry are:

General Entrance Requirements

Core Subject(s)

Minimum Level









Elective Subject(s)

Minimum Level




1) The elective subjects must be Category A subjects (unless specified) excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2).

2) Individual programmes may consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2), Category B subjects (Applied Learning) and/or Category C subjects (Other Languages) for fulfillment of elective requirement. Please refer to the programme entrance requirements of individual programmes for details. 

3) JUPAS Band A applicants who fail to meet the general entrance requirements by one level in any one of the HKDSE subjects, but obtain a total of two * s (either one subject with 5** or 2 subjects with 5*) or above in any subject(s) may also be considered for admission.

4) In general, the scores for Category A subjects are converted as follows:

   5**=7, 5*=6, 5=5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=2, 1=1

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE

For 2021 entry, we accept combined results and will count the best results for meeting our entrance requirements and for the calculation of admissions scores.


Alternative English Language Qualifications

The following public examination results are recognized by the University as equivalent to Level 3 of HKDSE English:

  1. Minimum score of 60 (Paper-delivered Test) or 79 (Internet-based Test) in TOEFL (TOEFL MyBestTM Score is not accepted) ; or
  2. Minimum score of 6.0 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Level; or
  3. Grade C/ Grade 4 or above in GCE O-Level/ GCSE English/ English Language or English Literature; or
  4. Grade C/ Grade 4 or above in IGCSE First Language English; or
  5. Grade B/ Grade 5 or above in IGCSE English as a Second Language; or
  6. Grade E or above in GCE AS or A-Level English; or
  7. Grade C or above in Cambridge English C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency; or
  8. Grade E or above in HKALE Use of English (AS Use of English).

Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Students

For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students fulfilling one of the specified conditions in Note 1, HKBU will accept the following alternative Chinese language qualifications as equivalent to Level 3 of HKDSE Chinese Language (except for the School of Chinese Medicine):


  1. Grade E or above in GCE A/AS Level Chinese; or
  2. Grade C/ Grade 4 or above in GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-Level Chinese/ Chinese Language; or
  3. "Attained" in Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)).


HKDSE Category C subjects (Other Languages) normally cannot be used for meeting the entrance requirement on Chinese Language. While waivers may be granted at the discretion of individual programmes, such consideration is only made under special circumstances, on a case-by-case basis. Students are therefore strongly advised to obtain the requisite Chinese language qualifications.


Note 1:

The specified conditions are:

  1. The student has learned Chinese Language for less than six years while receiving primary and secondary education. This caters specifically to students who have a late start in learning of Chinese Language (e.g. due to their settlement in Hong Kong well past the entry level) or who have been educated in Hong Kong sporadically; or
  2. The student has learned Chinese Language for six years or more in schools, but has been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in our local schools.


Subject Weights for Score Calculation

Individual programme would adopt one of the following score formulae for calculating applicants' admissions scores:

4C + 2X (4 HKDSE Core Subjects and 2 Best Elective Subjects)

Best 6 (Any Best 6 Subjects)

Best 5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

Best 5 Subjects including Chinese Language and English Language

Best 5 Subjects including English Language


Please refer to the following link for the updated score calculation and subject weights of our programmes for 2021 entry for reference:

Interview Arrangement

Summary on the interview arrangement for 2021 entry are listed for reference (updated as of 27 July 2021):
Programme Code Programme Title Before the Announcement of HKDSE Results After the Announcement of HKDSE Results
JS2025 Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

By 29 June 2021

JS2030 Bachelor of Arts in Music By 30 June 2021 2 August 2021
JS2040 English Language & Literature and English Language Teaching (Double Degree)


31 July 2021
JS2050 Bachelor of Music in Creative Industries By 30 June 2021 2 August 2021
JS2110 Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting Concentration 25, 28, 29 June 2021 N/A
JS2120 Bachelor of Business Administration 25, 28, 29 June 2021 N/A
JS2320 Bachelor of Communication - Film Major - Animation and Media Arts Concentration N/A 31 July & 2 August 2021
JS2330 Bachelor of Communication - Film Major - Film and Television Concentration N/A 31 July & 2 August 2021
JS2340 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Global Screen 22 - 29 June 2021 To be confirmed
JS2410 Bachelor of Chinese Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science 16 June 2021 2 August 2021
JS2420 Bachelor of Pharmacy in Chinese Medicine 16 June 2021 2 August 2021
JS2670 Bachelor of Social Sciences in Global and China Studies N/A 2 August 2021
JS2810 Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts 24 – 25, 28 – 29 June 2021 2 August 2021
JS2910 Bachelor of Science in Business Computing and Data Analytics 28 June 2021 2 August 2021
  1. Please visit this website from time to time for any updates. The schedule is subject to the University's final decision.
  2. Interviews / Tests / Written Examination for School Principal's Nominations/ Applicants with a Disability/ Other Experiences and Achievements in Competitions / Activities (if any) will be held in mid-June of the current year.
  3. Please note that interview letter will NOT be posted to applicants. All applicants will be informed of details of interview arrangements via the following channels:
    1. Personal email accounts registered in the JUPAS; and
    2. JUPAS Accounts (Access to: JUPAS Website > "LOG ON - my JUPAS Account" > "Applicant's Login" > click "Message Box" ) ; and/or
    3. SMS messages sent directly to their mobile phones (for applicants who opt to receive SMS messages only).
  4. Shortlisted applicants will receive email/SMS notifications around one week before the interview.
  5. Campus map:
  6. For programme(s) which would consider the re-scheduling of interview date/ time, applicants are required to submit request by completing the Request Form for Change of Written Test or Interview.
  7. Interview Arrangement on the Approach of Typhoon/Rainstorm (for programmes with contingency arrangement)
  8. Adjusted Schedule for JUPAS interview under Bad Weather Conditions (JULY/AUGUST)

Special Consideration

School Principal's Nominations (SPN)

The School Principal's Nominations is to give due recognition to students who have contributed to social services or made outstanding achievements in non-academic areas or who have demonstrated leadership abilities. For details and updated information concerning the School Principal's Nominations, please visit the JUPAS website.

Applicants with Disabilities/ Special Educational Needs (SEN)

The University is committed to provide equal educational opportunity and respectful learning environment for all students including those with disabilities and special educational needs.

Applicants with a disability are requested to indicate the nature of their disability on the application forms for consideration by the University. The University views applications from students with a disability on an equal basis with other students. It will not affect the chances of their admission, provided the programmes applied for are those which the applicants are physically able to cope with. It also helps the University identify those applicants with a disability so that they could provide assistance and advice at an early stage and to give appropriate consideration to the applicants concerned. Admitted students with disabilities and special educational needs may approach the Unit for Students with Special Educational Needs (USSEN), which is part of the Office of Student Affairs of the University, for one-stop services. Please visit the USSEN website for more details:

Applicants may submit details of their disabilities and upload supporting documents together with their applications to JUPAS Office before the stipulated deadline. For details, please visit the JUPAS website.

Other Experiences and Achievements in Competitions / Activities (OEA)

OEA is one of the factors for the University in considering applicants' performances in addition to achievements at HKDSE Examination results. Applicants should make reference to their own Student Learning Profiles (SLP) when providing the OEA information. Please refer to JUPAS website for the deadline for submission of OEA information and arrangement.

Elite Athletes Admission Scheme (EAAS)

To recognise the outstanding achievements of elite athletes in the community, the University is pleased to offer the HKBU Elite Athletes Admission Scheme (EAAS) for local athletes admissions to full‐time UGC‐funded undergraduate degree programmes via JUPAS in academic year 2021‐2022.

Application Period for 2021 entry: 21 Oct 2020 - 15 Jan 2021

Information and application form: