Major Allocation (for 2017-18 intake)

The top 40% of students in the department will be allocated to their first choice major according to the following criteria:

  • Cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B;
  • No failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B; and
  • Completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B, including the number of credit units specified by the College of Science & Engineering / respective Home Academic Unit *.

* Credits earned from “EL0200A/B English for Academic Purposes” and “CHIN1001 University Chinese I” taken in Semesters A and B 2015/16 will be counted towards the 30 credit unit requirement. However, grades obtained from the above two courses will not be included in the GPA calculation.

For the remaining 60% of students, the major allocation will be based on their choice of priority, availability of places and the following selection criteria of individual majors:

BEng Mechanical Engineering (M.E.)

  1. Weighted GPA (calculated based on a minimum of 24 credit units#)
    • MA1200/MA1300, MA1201/MA1301 and AP1201 (weighting: 3)
    • CS1102/CS1302, BCH1100 and BCH1200 (weighting: 2)
    • Other courses (weighting: 1)
  2. Student’s choice
  3. CGPA

BEng Biomedical Engineering (BME)

  1. Weighted GPA (calculated based on a minimum of 24 credit units#)
    • MA1200/MA1300, MA1201/MA1301, AP1201, BCH1100 and BCH1200 (weighting: 3)
    • CS1102/CS1302 (weighting: 2)
    • Other courses (weighting: 1)
  2. Student’s choice
  3. CGPA

# In case that a student has taken less than 24 credit units, the total points of all courses will be divided by 24 credit units in the calculation of the weighted GPA. If a student has taken more than 24 credit units, all course grades will be included in the calculation of the weighted GPA.


Major Allocation Timeline & Arrangement

Timeline for Majors Allocation

Date Event
3-24 April 2018 Students to indicate their choice of majors via the online system
11-13 June 2018 Students to revise their choice of majors (optional) after the release of Semester B 2017/18 course grades
14 June 2018 Phase One majors allocation exercise
From 15 June 2018 Students being allocated a major to view the allocation result via the online system
15-22 June 2018 Colleges/Schools to stipulate a quota for each major in order to facilitate the Phase Two majors allocation exercise (the quota will be shown in the online system for students’ reference)
26-28 June 2018 Remaining students who have not been allocated a major after the Phase One majors allocation to revise their choice of majors (optional)
29 June – 6 July 2018 Schools/Departments to prioritize the remaining students who have not been allocated a major in the Phase One majors allocation exercise
10 July 2018 Phase Two majors allocation exercise
From 11 July 2018 Remaining students to view the allocated major via the online system

Please refer to ARRO’s website for more details regarding major allocation.


Last modified on 1 November, 2017