Under the Academic Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Degrees, students are able to transfer credit units to the University. Credit transfer is given for academic work completed and for recognised professional or vocational qualifications.
Students can apply for credit units:
Equivalence may be established for a course, or courses taken elsewhere based on specific CityU course(s). If credit transfer is granted for an equivalent CityU course(s) the student is considered to have taken and completed, the relevant CityU course code(s) will be entered in the student's academic record.
Where an equivalent CityU course cannot be established, credit transfer may still be granted to count towards the programme requirements. A special course code that signifies the programme requirements with the appropriate credit units will be entered in the student's academic record.
At least 70% of the credit units required for an award of the University must be earned by the successful completion of courses required by the programme concerned.1 & 2
Transferred credit units do not count in the calculation of a student’s GPA, except where special arrangements have been made such as credit transfer arrangements under joint programmes with other institutions.
Credit units for transfer are normally assigned with respect to specific courses for work equivalent in content and standard.
If a student is readmitted to the same programme after withdrawal, termination of studies, or completion of an intermediate award, his/her previous period of study will be counted in the calculation of his/her maximum period of study. The student's credit units and grades previously earned from the same programme are normally counted in the GPA calculation. The final decision on acceptance of credit units and grades rests with the respective academic unit.
The following applies to credit transfer (i) between different taught postgraduate programmes at the University and (ii) between different streams of study at the same award level within the same programme:
Credit transfer should be limited to a maximum of 30% of the total credit units for the award being pursued.3
Transferred credit units must have been earned no earlier than eight years before enrolment at the University. Individual academic units may stipulate a more stringent requirement for transferred credit units, as deemed appropriate.
Applications for credit transfer should be made in writing for approval by the University. Applications for credit transfer for work completed prior to entry to the University must be made before the start of the first semester according to the deadline set by the University. Applications for credit transfer for outside work completed after admission to the University must be made immediately in the semester following attainment of the additional qualification.
Students should not take the courses for which credit transfer has been granted. As the University will normally pre-register students into required courses, students should ensure that they are not registered into such courses at the start of the semester.
1 This requirement applies to students admitted in Semester A 2018/19 and thereafter. For students admitted before Semester A 2018/19, the minimum requirement is 50%.
2 The 70% requirement does not apply to students enrolled in joint programmes with other institutions.
3 This requirement applies to students admitted in Semester A 2018/19 and thereafter. For students admitted before Semester A 2018/19, the limit is 50%.
Please refer to Section 5 "Credit Transfer" of the Academic Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Degrees for details.
You will be notified of the results of your application by email. It will take about one month to process an application.
The application fee for each credit transfer application is $140 (non-refundable).