Course Substitution and Credit Transfer


AnchorCourse Substitution

Course substitution may be granted if the student can provide evidence, such as a transcript and course syllabus, that a course is equivalent in content and level to another course taken elsewhere, for which a satisfactory grade has been obtained. The course taken previously should be equivalent to 4000-level or above. No credits will be given for the exempted course and the student will be required to take an approved alternative course to fulfill program requirements.
 
Applications for course substitution must be made to the department during students’ first term of study after admission. Students on postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate programs must submit their applications within the first month after admission. The application must first be reviewed by the course instructor on the equivalency in course content and level; if supported, approval from the department head/program director is required.
 

AnchorCredit Transfer

Credit transfer may be granted to students in recognition of studies completed elsewhere at an appropriate level as recognized by the University. Students applying for credit transfer must provide evidence, such as a transcript and course syllabus, to illustrate that a course is equivalent in content and level to another course taken elsewhere, for which a satisfactory grade has been obtained.
 
Applications must be made to students’ department during their first term after admission. Students on postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate programs must submit their application within the first month after admission. For students who complete studies elsewhere during their registration at HKUST, for example on an exchange program, applications must be submitted to the department for approval within one month after students’ return to their study at HKUST. Late applications will not be considered.
 
Applications must first be reviewed by the course instructor; if supported, approval from the department head/program director is required. The number of transfer credits to be granted will be determined by the department following a review of past academic records and the level of equivalence to HKUST courses concerned. Conditions on the granting of transfer credits to taught postgraduate students are as follows:

  1. Credits earned at the undergraduate level can only be used for credit transfer purpose if the credits had not been used to earn another academic qualification, and that the course must be at 4000-level or above.
  2. Transfer credits cannot be granted in recognition of non-coursework experience or research work completed either at the University or at other institutions.
  3. Credits for transfer must be at grade ‘B’ or above.
  4. No more than half of the required coursework may be granted transfer credits.
  5. Credits previously used to satisfy the requirements of other academic qualifications cannot be transferred.
  6. Subject to the approval of the department, credits earned from a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma of the University may be transferred to its articulated postgraduate diploma or master’s degree program.

Transfer credits granted will not be included in the calculation of grade averages but the courses approved for credit transfer will be reflected on students’ transcripts.
 

AnchorTransfer of Course Grades and Credits on Resumption of Studies

Students who have previously withdrawn from their program of study at the University but who, after a period of time, are re-admitted to a program at the University, may be allowed to transfer their previous course grades and credits to the new program of study. Such a transfer of course grades and credits is restricted to courses which have been completed within five years prior to the resumption of study at the University. In addition, these credits must not have been used to earn any academic qualifications either at the University or elsewhere.