Curriculum Structure of Bachelor's Degree Programmes

Discovery-Enriched Curriculum (DEC)

Making an original discovery occupies a central place in our Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC).

The goal of the DEC is for all CityU students to have the chance to make an original contribution to their field of study as an integral part of their professional education. It is a groundbreaking approach to the integration of teaching and learning, one that emphasises the discovery of new knowledge.

The DEC:

  • ignites a passion for knowledge and discovery
  • prepares student to practise professionally at and beyond the level of international standards
  • promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation that spurs local and global advancements in professional practice

In short, “discovery” is now fully integrated into the DNA of CityUs curriculum through our dual emphasis on education and research, integrated with our focus on innovation.

In our normative 4-year undergraduate curriculum, the minimum graduation requirement is 120 credit units subject to the requirement of individual colleges/schools. Students are allowed to graduate with a maximum of 144 credit units with a flexibility to enrich their studies with double majors or minor to prepare for the challenges in the globalized community. Our 4-year undergraduate curriculum comprises the following components:

  Credit Requirements
Gateway Education 30 credit units
College/School Requirement 0 - 27 credit units
Major ≥45 credit units
Minor (optional) 15 - 18 credit units
Free Electives Remainder to fulfil the credit requirements for graduation, if necessary
Minimum Credit Units for Graduation 120 credit units, depending on major
Maximum Credit Units for Graduation 144 credit units


  • Student are also required to fulfil the English language and Chinese language requirements, and may be required to take additional language courses depending on the entry qualification in English/Chinese.
  • Individual academic units may seek exemption from the above credit requirement, with Senate approval.

For a bachelor's degree with a normal study duration longer than 4 years, the minimum credit units for graduation and the maximum credit units for the degree shall be approved by the Senate based on individual programme needs.

Please click Degree Requirements to read more about the requirement of each component, or you can directly browse through the webpages for the majors/minors/courses that you are interested in.